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Tony Caruana, Kerrie Boelsterli, MP JOe Preston, Linda Caruana

The Government of Canada is helping equip young Canadians in pedorthics with the information, skills and work experience needed to get jobs, announced Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development).

"Today's youth are tomorrow's workforce," said MP Preston. "By investing in youth today, we are making sure they are ready to become Canada's future workers and contribute to our long-term prosperity."

Foot Dynamics received $19,250.00 from the Career Focus program to help a post-secondary graduate obtain the information, skills and experience needed to make informed career decisions, find a job or further their education.

Kerrie Boelsterli joined the team at Foot Dynamics as part of the Career-related Work Experience. Under the supervision of Tony Caruana, Canadian Certified Pedorthist and Linda Caruana, Canadian Certified Pedorthist, Kerrie gained work experience and expertise for 22 weeks through the program. Located in St. Thomas with a second location at 825 Richmond Street, London, Kerrie received training in biomechanical assessment and gait analysis and proper fit of footwear and orthoses to assist in managing pain and discomfort in the back, lower limbs and feet.

As Canada is facing labour shortages, the Government is investing in youth employment, skills and apprenticeship programs to help connect young Canadians with available jobs.

Quick Facts

* Since 2006, YES has helped more than 555,000 young people develop skills to the benefit of the Canadian economy.

* The Career Focus program is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Since 2006, the program has helped over 26,000 youth acquire skills to help them transition into the job market.

* The Government of Canada is helping Canadian youth gets the skills employers are looking for with the Canada Job Grant, the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant and the Apprenticeship Completion Grant. The Government also offers certain tax credits, such as the tuition, education and textbook tax credits, employed tradespersons tax credit, and the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit.

* Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to introduce the Canada Apprentice Loan by expanding the Canada Student Loans program to provide apprentices registered in Red Seal trades with access to over $100 million in interest-free loans each year. At least 26,000 apprentices are expected to apply annually.

Backgrounder

The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace. With annual funding of approximately $330 million, YES helps youth between the ages of 15 and 30 get the information and gain the skills, job experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition to the workplace. 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.

Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment - including those who have not completed high school, single parents, Aboriginal youth, youth with disabilities, newcomers and youth in rural and remote areas - to make a successful transition into the job market or to return to school. Since it began in 2006, Skills Link has helped over 179,000 youth.

Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates obtain the information, skills and career-related work experience they need to make informed career decisions, find a job or further their education.

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 who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year. Since it began in 2007, Canada Summer Jobs has helped over 260,000 students.

Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government of Canada is investing $40 million towards supporting up to 3,000 internships in high-demand fields and $15 million annually to help support up to 1,000 paid internships in small- and medium-sized enterprises under the Youth Employment Strategy.

In addition, Economic Action Plan 2013 introduced new measures to equip Canadians with the skills and training they need to fill skills shortages and succeed in the Canadian labour market. These include the Canada Job Grant, which will invest in skills training for unemployed and underemployed Canadians, better ensuring they are qualified to fill the high-quality, well-paying jobs that are available.

The Government of Canada continues to create opportunities for apprentices and provide support to under-represented groups such as Canadians with disabilities, Aboriginal people, newcomers and youth.

The Government of Canada also provides a range of support - including Canada Student Loans, Canada Student Grants, the Canada Learning Bond and the Canada Education Savings Grant - to help young Canadians pursue and save for their post-secondary education, so that they acquire the skills and training they need to succeed in the job market.

Canada Student Loans and Grants support students across Canada with the exception of Quebec, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, which receive alternative payments from the Government of Canada to operate their own student financial assistance programs.

The Canada Learning Bond is $500 deposited into a child's Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). A child may be eligible for another $100 per year, up until the age of 15, depending on family income. The maximum amount that a child can receive is $2,000.

Through the Canada Education Savings Grant, the Government adds 20 cents on every dollar parents contribute to an RESP. A child could receive up to $500 a year with this grant, up to a lifetime maximum of $7,200. A child could also receive an additional 10 to 20 percent on the first $500 that is contributed, depending on family income.


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