SIOUX LOOKOUT, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 23, 2012) - The Government of Canada announced new funding to support youth in the Kenora District to help them gain the knowledge they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by Greg Rickford, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priority is creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Mr. Rickford. "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."
The Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board (SLAAMB) is receiving over $46,000 from the Youth Awareness program to help youth learn about educational and career options with a focus on the skilled trades. 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.
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 so that more young people can gain tangible skills and experience. This funding will focus on connecting young Canadians with jobs in fields that are in high demand.
With assistance from the Government of Canada, SLAAMB will organize the Aboriginal Trades and Employment Symposium, an event to promote careers in the skilled trades and raise awareness of local employment opportunities, including jobs in the natural resources sector. Participants will also attend presentations on the local labour market and network with employers. The symposium is scheduled for September 18, 2012, in Dryden, Ontario.
"We are grateful for the Government of Canada's support," said Bob Bruyere, SLAAMB Coordinator. "The funding will provide a positive and inclusive pathway to a brighter future for youth in the Kenora District."
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 www.actionplan.gc.ca.
Additionally, the Government of Canada provides up to $4,000 in grants to help apprentices in the Red Seal trades complete their training and launch rewarding careers. To date, the government has provided over $415 million in apprenticeship grants to Canadians to encourage them to become skilled tradespeople.
The Government of Canada is helping youth prepare for, find and maintain meaningful employment through enhanced online services available at Youth.gc.ca.
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This news release is available online at: www.actionplan.gc.ca.
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.
The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a $1,000 taxable cash grant for apprentices who complete the first and/or second level of their apprenticeship program in a designated Red Seal trade, up to a maximum of $2,000. The AIG was announced as part of Budget 2006.
The Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) is a $2,000 taxable cash grant for eligible apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship training and receive their journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade. The ACG was announced as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan.
As a result of these grants, apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training in a designated Red Seal trade and become certified journeypersons could be eligible to receive up to $4,000.