Giving young Islanders skills and experience they need to launch meaningful careers

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

May 22, 2019 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Employment and Social Development Canada

Canada’s continued prosperity depends on young Canadians launching meaningful careers. By helping them gain the skills and experience they need for a fair chance at success, the Government of Canada is investing in Canada’s greatest asset-its people.

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, highlighted the Government’s investment of over $500,000 in the Adventure Group’s Employment Management Program. This investment supports more than 70 youth in Charlottetown, including single mothers, in gaining the skills they need to join the labour market. Activities include skills enhancement activities and paid job placements.

The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help Canada’s newest workers get a strong start to their careers and has three complementary program streams: Skills Link, Career Focus and Summer Work Experience. Improvements to the YES since 2015 have resulted in more than 220,000 youth finding good-quality jobs or improving their skills.

“Our continued prosperity depends on young Canadians successfully transitioning to the workforce. Giving Canadian youth a fair chance at success is how we will grow our economy and strengthen the middle class.”

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

“For more than 25 years, the Adventure Group has helped provide some of our Island’s most vulnerable populations with the tools and resources they need to find and maintain good employment. One of the best ways our government can support youth is by partnering with organizations like the Adventure Group who work directly with Islanders to ensure they succeed, which has a positive impact on the individuals, their families, and our Island communities.”

– Sean Casey, MP for Charlottetown

“This funding has supported the Adventure Group to provide much-needed programming for high-risk youth, to help them to transform their lives and reach their full potential.”

– Roxanne Carter-Thompson, Executive Director, the Adventure Group

Quick facts

  • Participants in the Adventure Group’s Employment Management Program acquire industry standard training and receive certification in First Aid and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System.

  • The participants gain work experience in various industries including retail, food service, tourism and hospitality and aquaculture.

  • Budget 2019 proposes to invest $49.5 million to support the ongoing modernization of the YES. This builds on investments in Budgets 2016, 2017 and 2018 in the YES to help youth gain the skills and experience they need to find and maintain good employment.

  • The YES is currently being modernized, informed by the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment and extensive engagement with youth, service delivery organizations and other stakeholders.

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