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Help for immigrants and youth in finding jobs

MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, encouraged youth and employers to take advantage of Budget 2016 enhancements which will help young Canadians get the skills and experience they need to transition to the workplace.

Canada is investing over $165 million in the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) starting this year through Budget 2016. The new investment will help create thousands of new green jobs, more summer employment, participation in the Skills Link program and employment in the heritage sector.

The investments will help support young Canadians, including vulnerable youth, such as Indigenous Canadians, immigrants, youth with disabilities, single parents, those who have not completed high school, and others. Investing in youth jobs and opportunities is part of the government’s plan to help the middle class and those seeking to join it.

Mihychuk made the announcement at the Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre in Winnipeg. The Centre recently received over $170,000 in Skills Link funding to help break down barriers to youth employment and provide needed training and job support. Under this project, local youth will participate in a 10-week work placement to gain hands-on experience. Skills Link is part of the Youth Employment Strategy.

Each year, the government invests more than $330 million in YES. This announcement is on top of the previously announced $339 million investment over three years under the Canada Summer Jobs program. The government will nearly double the number of job opportunities supported by the program to 70,000.

Additionally, Budget 2016 announced the creation of the Prime Minister’s Youth Advisory Council to provide advice on key issues such as employment and education, building stronger communities as well as climate change and clean growth. Budget 2016 also announced $105 million over five years, starting in 2016 - 17, and $25 million per year thereafter in support youth service. Finally, a new Expert Panel on Youth Employment will advise the government on innovative ways to strengthen labour market outcomes and create employment opportunities for vulnerable youth.

A few quick facts:
• Total funding for the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is increasing by $278 million in 2016-2017 representing the largest investment in the YES since its launch in 1997.
• Since 2005, YES has helped over 772,000 young Canadians get the training and work experience they need to enter the labour market.
• Skills Link has helped over 230,000 youth since 2005.
• Canada Summer Jobs will create up to 70,000 jobs across Canada this summer, twice as many jobs as 2015. Applications from employers are up by over 30 per cent this year.
Canada’s current youth unemployment rate is 13.4 per cent (Statistics Canada, March 2016).

“Investing in youth jobs is an investment in Canada’s future,” said Minister Mihychuk. “We want to help Canada’s youth find jobs, and get the best start possible to their careers.”

The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is Canada’s commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace. YES helps youth between the ages of 15 to 30 get the information and gain the skills, job experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition to the workplace. YES includes Skills Link, Career Focus and Summer Work Experience and is delivered by 11 federal departments.

Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment including single parents, youth with disabilities, young newcomers and youth in rural and remote areas to develop the skills and gain experience they need to find a job or return to school.

Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates transition to the labour market through paid internships and helps provide youth with the information and experience they need to make informed career decisions, find a job and/or pursue advanced studies.

Summer Work Experience provides wage subsidies to employers to create summer employment for secondary and post-secondary students. The Summer Work Experience program includes Canada Summer Jobs.

Each year, the government invests approximately $330 million in YES to help young people gain the skills and experience they need to find and keep good jobs.

Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for students.

Posted: Jun 1, 2016

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