Government of Canada provides skills training and job opportunities for young Canadians in Duncan, British Columbia

News release

August 21, 2018                    Duncan, British Columbia                     Employment and Social Development Canada

Building a strong middle class means giving Canada’s youth the tools they need to find and keep quality jobs.

Today the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced funding that will help young Canadians develop their skills and get hands-on work experience.

Through the Skills Link program, the Government of Canada is providing over $835,000 to the Cowichan Valley Youth Services Society for its Youth Employment Mentorship Program. Funding will enable close to 100 youth in Duncan to learn or improve valuable job skills such as career planning, communication, time management, budgeting and resume development. They will also gain work experience with local employers in areas such as food services, retail, agriculture, health services and construction.

Skills Link supports projects that help young people who face more barriers to employment than others gain employability skills and valuable job experience, which helps them make a successful transition into the workforce or go back to school. Participants could include youth who have not completed high school, single parents, Indigenous youth, youth with disabilities, newcomers or youth living in rural or remote areas.



“Our communities are healthier and stronger when everyone can fully participate in them. Supporting youth as they transition into the workforce and giving them the training they need to succeed is a key way in which we can grow our economy and strengthen the middle class.”

– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Quick facts

  • Canada’s future prosperity depends on young people getting the education and work experience they need to succeed. Each year, the Government invests over $330 million in the Youth Employment Strategy to help young people gain the skills and work experience they need to find and maintain good employment.
  • Through Budget 2018, the Government proposes to provide an additional $448.5 million to the Youth Employment Strategy over five years, starting in 2018–19. This funding will support the continued increase in the number of job placements funded under the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2019–20.
  • Budget 2017 invested an additional $395.5 million over three years. 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 more than 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector.

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

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