Press Release | $317,000 Towards Employment Support for Sault Ste. Marie Youth

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For Immediate Release

Harper Government helps youth in Sault Ste. Marie get jobs

July 22, 2015, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Employment and Social Development Canada

The Harper Government is helping equip young Canadians in Sault Ste. Marie with the information, skills and work experience needed to get jobs. The announcement was made today by Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development.

Through the Government’s Youth Employment Strategy, Sault College will deliver a project to help 20 recent post-secondary graduates in Sault Ste. Marie transition into the job market and advance their careers.

Project participants will gain work experience related to their studies through  paid career-related work experiences in various fields, including forestry, aviation, information technology, healthcare and the skilled trades. Sault College is receiving over $317,000 for this project.

The Government is investing in youth employment, skills training and apprenticeship programs to help connect young Canadians with available jobs.

Today’s announcement is one example of what the Harper Government is doing to help Canadians. To help hard-working families, the Government is also enhancing the Universal Child Care Benefit, introducing the Family Tax Cut and making improvements to the Child Care Expenses Deduction and the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit.

Quick Facts

  • The Harper Government’s Youth Employment Strategy has helped over 611,000 youth since 2006.
  • Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government is creating up to 3,000 internships in high-demand fields and supporting up to 1,000 internships in small and medium-sized enterprises, under the Youth Employment Strategy.
  • Economic Action Plan 2014 introduced the Canada Apprentice Loan, which provides apprentices registered in Red Seal trades with interest-free loans of up to $4,000 to complete their technical training. Loans are interest-free until apprentices complete or leave their apprenticeship training program, up to a maximum of six years. Since January, over 6,000 apprentices across Canada have benefited from the Canada Apprentice Loan.
  • The Universal Child Care Benefit will increase from $100 to $160 per month, totalling up to $1,920 per year, for children under the age of 6, and families will receive a new benefit of $60 per month, up to $720 per year,  for each child aged 6 through 17.

Quotes

“Our Government is helping young Canadians get the skills and training they need to find good jobs and build better futures for themselves and their families. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s workforce, so by investing in them we are helping contribute to Canada’s long-term growth, competitiveness and overall prosperity. We are proud to work with organizations like Sault College, so that young people, including those in Sault Ste. Marie, gain the experience they need to succeed in the job market.”

– Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie

“The Graduate Employment Career Focus Program will allow us to assist 20 youth who have little or no work experience and are recent graduates to gain that valuable first job experience in a meaningful field related to their post-secondary education.    Too often we hear that a young person has gone to college or university and then cannot break into the labour market because employers require too much experience.   This program funding allows us to encourage employers to consider a candidate who may not have the experience but who has the educational background and ability to become a long term employee.  We will be targeting positions and employers that are career specific and that pay in the $17 to $25 per hour range and needed by the current labour market.  Candidates or employers may call our office at 945 0705 to speak with our staff about the program.”

-Linda Ryan, Director, Employment Solutions, Sault College

Associated Links

Youth Employment Strategy

Career Focus Program

Economic Action Plan

Helping Families Prosper

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Contacts

Michaela Whitley Member’s Assistant

Bryan Hayes, MP

613-992-5648

Bryan.hayes.a1@parl.gc.ca

Media Relations Office

Employment and Social Development Canada

819-994-5559

media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

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