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Government of Canada provides opportunities for youth in Saint John-Rothesay

by pmnationtalk on September 13, 201769 Views

Youth facing barriers to employment benefit from job skills training and employment opportunities 

September 12, 2017     Saint John, New Brunswick    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, Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John-Rothesay, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced a new project that will give youth in southern New Brunswick job skills training and hands-on work experience. Up to 48 youth in St. Stephen, Saint John and Sussex will participate in the project, which will be delivered by the John Howard Society of Saint John over 28 months.  

The Government of Canada will provide $722,546 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. These youth 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. John Howard’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.”

Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John-Rothesay

“It is tremendous to see the Federal Liberal Government taking the lead on projects of this magnitude. Ensuring everyone has the skills required to find and maintain solid employment is a huge befit for everyone long term. Our vision on this project is to ensure everyone looking for work can find it and today is an important first step!”

Susan O’Neil, Manager, John Howard Society of New Brunswick

Quick Facts

  • 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 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 find and maintain good employment.
  • Total funding for YES was increased by $278 million in 2016–17, representing the largest investment since its launch.
  • Budget 2017 is investing an additional $395.5 million over three years for YES, starting in 2017–18.
  • Combined with Budget 2016 measures, these investments will help:
    • more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop the skills they need to find work or go back to school;
    • create 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians; and
    • provide over 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector.

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Matt Pascuzzo
Press Secretary

Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Sue O’Neil
John Howard Society of New Brunswick
1-506-657-5547 Extension 207

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada


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