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February 23, 2012
Government of Canada invests to help youth in Golden Lake get jobs

Brockville, Ontario —The Government of Canada today announced new funding to support youth in Golden Lake to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds–Grenville, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

“Our government’s top priority is creating jobs and economic growth,” said Brown. “Our  government’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.”

St. Lawrence College is receiving support from the Skills Link program to help youth overcome barriers to employment. Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES).

“For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today’s environment,” said Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for Renfrew–Nipissing–Pembroke. “That’s why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for programs like Skills Link.

Brown’s announcement is one of a series taking place across the country today. Minister Finley kicked off the nation-wide events with a funding announcement for a youth employment project in Edmonton to highlight the Government of Canada’s investment in giving youth the skills and experience they need to enter the workforce.

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.

The participants in St. Lawrence College’s project will attend skills workshops and gain hands-on experience through job placements with a local manufacturing business.

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

The Government of Canada is helping youth prepare for, find and maintain meaningful employment through enhanced online services available at


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