I was pleased to announce an important funding contribution to the CDEM’s Premier Choix project. Projects like this one can help put regular paycheques into the reach of those who need it most. But more than that, they give young Canadians the chance to change their future. For more information, please read the news release below.
For Immediate Release
Government of Canada provides opportunities for youth in Manitoba
Youth facing barriers to employment benefit from job skills training and employment opportunities
August 10, 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba Employment and Social Development Canada
Building a strong middle class means giving Canada’s youth the tools they need to find and keep good jobs.
Today, Dan Vandal, Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface — Saint Vital, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced funding for a project today that will give youth in Manitoba job skills training and hands-on work experience.
Up to 162 youth will participate in the Premier Choix project, which will be delivered by the Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM). This project targets youth-at-risk, including Indigenous and immigrant youth. Through this intensive program, they will develop skills to help them find and keep jobs, such as job search techniques, interview preparation and business communications. Participants will also gain valuable work experience in such fields as sales, food services, construction, tourism and the hospitality industry.
The Government of Canada will provide $827,915 in funding for this project through the Skills Link program of the Government’s Youth Employment Strategy. Skills Link supports projects that help young people who face more barriers to employment than others develop basic employability skills and gain valuable job experience, which, helps them in making a successful transition into the workforce or to return to school. These youth could include those who have not completed high school, single parents, Indigenous youth, young persons with disabilities, youth living in rural or remote areas or newcomers.
“We know that our communities are healthier and stronger when everyone can fully participate. Supporting youth as they transition into the workforce is a key way in which we can grow our economy and strengthen the middle class. Youth in Saint Boniface – Saint Vital and across Manitoba will benefit tremendously from the opportunity to develop their skills and gain valuable workplace experience.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
“Developing Canada’s youth is a priority. CDEM’s project is a concrete example of what we can achieve for youth by working in partnership with organizations across the country. Projects like this one can help put regular paycheques into the reach of those who need it. But more than that, they give young Canadians the chance to change their future.”
– Dan Vandal, Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface – Saint Vital
“Premier Choix is a place of hope for young new immigrants. By preparing them to enter the workforce, we are helping them begin their new life in Canada and to face their future with confidence and optimism.”
– Louis Allain, Executive Director, Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM)
- Skills Link is one of three program streams under the Government’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Each year, the Government invests more than $330 million in the YES to help support young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30 to get the information, skills, job experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition to the workplace.
- Budget 2017 proposes to invest a further $395.5 million over three years in the YES for additional employment and skills development opportunities for youth.
- Since 2005, YES programs delivered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) have helped over 582,000 youth develop skills and gain work experience to find a job or return to school. ESDC’s Skills Link program has helped over 141,000 youth since 2005.
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