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

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

May 22, 2019 Winnipeg, Manitoba 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 its greatest asset-its people.

Today, Rodger Cuzner, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, highlighted the Government’s investment in the Enabling Workforce in Manitoba project, run by Neighborhood Empowerment and Resource Centre (NEARC) in Winnipeg. The project is providing 10 Winnipeg and area youth with career-related work experience to help them transition into the labour market.

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 government is focused on helping young Canadians develop the skills and training they need to succeed. Projects like Enabling Workforce in Manitoba are instrumental in ensuring that today’s youth have opportunities to get a leg up on their future.”

– Rodger Cuzner, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“Our continued prosperity depends on young Canadians successfully transitioning from the classroom 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

“Our government is investing in Canadians because everyone should have a fair chance at success and the opportunity to build a better future for themselves and their families”.

– Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre

“NEARC Inc. strongly advocates scaling and replication of the Career Focus Program which is funded by ESDC. It is a great vehicle to bridge the labor market gap for new immigrants. The Youth Employment Strategy is instrumental for these immigrants to utilize their previous skills and simultaneously they will gain Canadian Workplace Culture leading to a meaningful job.”

– Bijaya Pokharel, Executive Director, NEARC Inc.

Quick facts

  • NEARC supports newcomer families, with a focus on students and youths, to address and prevent obstacles faced by newcomer children and youths, and enable their full participation in Canadian society.

  • NEARC is also a participant in the Canada Summer Jobs program.

  • 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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