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Government of Canada Invests to Help Youth in Yorkton Get Jobs

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YORKTON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Nov. 1, 2012) - The Government of Canada announced new funding to support youth in Yorkton to help them gain the knowledge they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by Garry Breitkreuz, Member of Parliament for Yorkton-Melville, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Mr. Breitkreuz. "The Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy is helping youth develop the skills and gain the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce of tomorrow."

Parkland College is receiving over $10,000 from the Youth Awareness program to help youth learn about educational and career options. Youth Awareness complements the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES). It provides financial assistance for projects designed to promote youth as the workforce of the future.

Parkland College's Career Explorations 2012 fair will provide youth with career planning information and opportunities to connect with local employers, educational institutions and government agencies. The fair will be held on November 14, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Gallagher Centre. It will feature approximately 100 exhibitors and is expected to draw over 2000 visitors.

"The youth of East-Central Saskatchewan deserve to have access to a wide range of options when it comes to deciding their futures," said Dr. Fay Myers, President of Parkland College. "This valuable contribution from the Government of Canada ensures that we will be able to bring those options directly to the young people in our region."

With annual funding of more than $300 million, YES helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed. YES includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs and the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities for students every summer.

Economic Action Plan 2012 is providing an additional $50 million over two years to enhance YES through a new initiative that will connect young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and help them develop tangible skills and gain work experience.

The additional funding will be delivered through two Calls for Proposals-one for Career Focus and one for Skills Link. The Calls opened on September 5 and will close on November 2. Organizations across Canada are invited to apply. Information is available at servicecanada.gc.ca.

Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. The Government underscored its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit actionplan.gc.ca.

The Government of Canada is helping youth plan their careers, learn new skills and find jobs through enhanced online services available at Youth.gc.ca.

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This news release is available online at: actionplan.gc.ca.

BACKGROUNDER

Youth Awareness complements the Youth Employment Strategy. It provides financial assistance for projects designed to promote youth as the workforce of the future and aims to expand their awareness of career and educational opportunities.

The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace.

Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, including youth who are single parents, youth with disabilities and youth in rural and remote areas, to develop the skills and gain the experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.

Career Focus provides funding to employers to hire young post-secondary graduates to give them career-related work experience and help them acquire skills to transition into the job market.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and other youth employment initiatives, please visit Youth.gc.ca.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Marian Ngo
Office of Minister Finley
819-994-2482


Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
819-994-5559

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