In the Photo: Lindsay Rice; David Rivard; MP Joe Preston; James Surgeoner;|
Jessica Younker; Racheal Legg; Melanie Rowley; Megan Rasmussen; Michelle Sayers
Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, on behalf of the Honourable
Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), announced $341,825 in Skills
Link funding to YWCA Elgin-St. Thomas. The Government's Skills Link program will
help connect youth with jobs in high-demand fields while ensuring that Canada's
economy benefits from the skills and talents of young Canadians. By investing in
youth today, we are making sure they can contribute to our long-term prosperity.
"Our Government is committed to creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity
through organizations like the YWCA," stated MP Preston. "We are creating these
opportunities for youth through the skills link funding announced today."
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. Led by Employment and Social Development Canada in partnership with
10 other federal departments, the Youth Employment Strategy helps youth obtain career
information, 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. YES receives approximately $300 million
in annual funding.
Furthermore, 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.
In August 2013, Minister of State Bergen announced $24 million as part of an Economic
Action Plan 2012 initiative to connect over 1 900 young Canadians across the country
with jobs in high-demand fields. The funding will be invested in the following programs:
Career Focus: over $19 million and Skills Link: over $4.9 million. This funding
is in addition to Economic Action Plan 2013's investment of$70 million over three
years to support an extra 5,000 paid internships.