The Government of Canada is helping equip young Canadians in the GTA with the information, skills and work experience needed to get jobs, announced Richmond Hill MP Costas Menegakis today, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development).
The Toronto Community & Culture Centre is receiving $78,400 from the Career Focus program to help post-secondary graduates obtain the information, skills and experience they need to make informed career decisions, find a job or further their education. MP Menegakis made the announcement during Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations at Splendid China Mall in Toronto.
“Today’s youth are tomorrow’s workforce,” said MP Menegakis. “By investing in youth today, we are making sure they are ready to become Canada’s future workers and contribute to our long-term prosperity.”
Over a period of 35 weeks, Toronto Community & Culture Centre will provide career-related work experience to 4 post-secondary graduate youths. The project will provide the youth with a meaningful work experience in the accounting/bookkeeping, administration and social services fields to help them transition into the labour market, providing them with the tools and experience they need to advance their careers.
“Our government’s top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity,” said Minister Bergen. “Today’s announcement will help youth in the GTA get the skills they need to obtain jobs in today’s economy.”
The Career Focus program is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Since 2006, YES has helped more than 555,000 young people develop skills to the benefit of the Canadian economy. The Government of Canada is also helping Canadian youth gets the skills employers are looking for with the Canada Job Grant, the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant and the Apprenticeship Completion Grant. The government also offers targeted tax credits, such as the tuition, education and textbook tax credits, employed tradespersons tax credit, and the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit.
Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to introduce the Canada Apprentice Loan by expanding the Canada Student Loans program to provide apprentices registered in Red Seal trades with access to over $100 million in interest-free loans each year. At least 26,000 apprentices are expected to apply annually.
BACKGROUNDER The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace. With annual funding of approximately $330 million, YES helps youth between the ages of 15 and 30 get the information and gain the skills, job experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition to the workplace. 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.
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment—including those who have not completed high school, single parents, Aboriginal youth, youth with disabilities, newcomers and youth in rural and remote areas—to make a successful transition into the job market or to return to school. Since it began in 2006, Skills Link has helped over 179,000 youth.
Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates obtain the information, skills and career-related work experience they need to make informed career decisions, find a job or further their education.
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 who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year. Since it began in 2007, Canada Summer Jobs has helped over 260,000 students.
Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government of Canada is investing $40 million towards supporting up to 3,000 internships in high-demand fields and $15 million annually to help support up to 1,000 paid internships in small- and medium-sized enterprises under the Youth Employment Strategy.
The Government of Canada also provides a range of support—including Canada Student Loans, Canada Student Grants, the Canada Learning Bond and the Canada Education Savings Grant—to help young Canadians pursue and save for their post-secondary education, so that they acquire the skills and training they need to succeed in the job market.
Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister, attended the grand opening of a Care for Newcomer Children (CNC) centre in Windsor and announced an investment of more than $2 million for settlement services.
The new CNC centre will provide newcomer parents with child care services while they take advantage of settlement programs.
“Our government is proud to provide support initiatives that help our newcomers achieve success,” said PS Menegakis. “By continuing to make investments in settlement services across Canada, we are ensuring that newcomers integrate into their new communities and make lasting contributions to the Canadian labour market and economy.”
Located at Windsor's Unemployed Help Centre, CNC provides onsite child care for newcomers who want to take advantage of long-term settlement services, such as language training or to access child care for brief periods, in order to attend appointments or participate in short-term settlement programming. The settlement services ensure newcomers are able to contribute to the Canadian economy more quickly and achieve success in the labour market.
The Unemployed Help Centre is a non-profit charitable organization that provides various programs and services, such as employment, educational and career counselling in the Windsor and Essex County areas.
In April 2013, the Government of Canada launched CNC as the new standard for child care services provided by government-funded service provider organizations. CNC is designed to reduce access barriers to settlement services for newcomers who may not have the financial means to provide care for their children while they attend the settlement services that are critical to their integration in Canada.
The Settlement program supports initiatives that help newcomers integrate quickly into our communities and labour market, such as language training, career counselling and orientation information.