Government of Canada Invests to Help Youth Facing Barriers to Employment in Ontario

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

News release

More than 110 projects across Ontario will be supported

March 3, 2020               Scarborough, Ontario             Employment and Social Development Canada

Canada’s future depends on our young people being able to get the good, well-paying jobs they need to succeed. Creating more opportunities for young people to gain valuable skills and experience will help strengthen our economy and build a Canada where no one is left behind.

Today, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, announced an investment that will help thousands of young people across Ontario facing barriers to employment.

Scarborough’s Progress Career Planning Institute will use its share of the funding over the next three years to connect with youth with disabilities, and visible minority youth, by helping them overcome barriers to employment by providing them with flexible and holistic services and wrap-around supports through job skills, essential skills and on-the job training.

Funded through the Government of Canada’s modernized Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) program, these projects will provide young Canadians with flexible and personalized support, employment services and opportunities that will have a lasting positive impact on their careers.

The YESS program supports organizations that provide job placements and skills development services to young people, as well as a broad range of support such as job coaching, mental health support, clothes for job interviews, daycare services for parents, and subsidized internet access to help with job searches.

Quotes

“An investment in our youth is an investment in Canada’s future. Helping break down barriers to employment and giving young Canadians the supports they need to launch meaningful careers is important to building a strong economy for everyone.”
– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

“When we break down barriers for young people and give them the skills and experience they need to find a good job, the economy works for everyone. Partners like the Progress Career Planning Institute are creating life-changing opportunities for young Canadians by equipping them with the skills they need to build fulfilling careers and prepare for the future.”
– The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth

Quick facts

  • Progress Career Planning Institute will receive nearly $2 million to help 180 young people in Ajax and Scarborough.

  • More than 270 projects will be funded throughout Canada through the YESS program, representing an investment of over $492 million to help tens of thousands of youth.

  • The Government of Canada is investing up to $225 million for more than 110 projects across Ontario to help young people facing barriers to employment.

  • Launched in Summer 2019, the modernized YESS integrated the streams of the former Youth Employment Strategy—Skills Link, Career Focus and Summer Work Experience—into a more integrated and flexible service delivery network.

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Contacts

For media enquiries, please contact:
Marielle Hossack
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
819-654-5552
marielle.hossack@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
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