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Conservative Government Helps Youth In Orillia Get Jobs

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For Immediate Release


Conservative Government helps youth in Orillia get jobs


June 10, 2015    Orillia, Ontario         Employment and Social Development Canada


The Conservative Government is helping equip youth in Orillia with the skills and work experience they need to find jobs. The announcement was made today by Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament for Simcoe North on behalf of the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister for Employment and Social Development.


Through the Government’s Youth Employment Strategy, the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is delivering a project to help 30 youth in Orillia gain the skills and experience they need to successfully transition to the job market or return to school.


Participants are learning or improving useful job skills, such as effective communication and teamwork, through group workshops. They are also gaining work experience with local employers in fields such as agriculture, construction and manufacturing.The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is receiving over $378,000 for this project.


This is part of the Conservative Government’s overall strategy to equip all Canadians with the skills and training they need to connect with available jobs.


Today’s announcement is one example of what the 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


  • Since 2006, the Conservative Government’s Youth Employment Strategy has helped over 611,000 youth.
  • The Conservative Government is helping Canadian youth obtain the skills employers are looking for with the Canada Job Grant, apprenticeship grants and the new Canada Apprentice Loan. The Government also offers tax credits, such as the tuition, education and textbook tax credits, the tradesperson’s tools deduction and the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit.
  • 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 would increase from $100 to $160 per month (totalling up to $1,920 per year) for children under the age of 6. Parents would also receive a new benefit of $60 per month (up to $720 per year) for each child aged 6 through 17.





“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 local organizations, so young people, including those in Orillia, can develop the skills they need to succeed in the job market.”

– Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament for Simcoe North


“On behalf of the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, I would like to express my thanks to the Government of Canada for supporting our Youth Quest Program in Orillia through Skills Link funding. The Y is committed to helping youth reach their full potential. One of the ways we do this is through funding programs such as this that connect young people in our community with meaningful employment.”

– Brian Shelley, Vice President, Youth Engagement, Leadership Development and Camping, YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka



Associated Links


Youth Employment Strategy

Skills Link Program

Economic Action Plan

Helping Families Prosper


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The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace. With annual funding of approximately $330 million, YES helps youth between the ages of 15 and 30 get the information and gain the skills and work experience they need to succeed in the workplace. YES includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs, as well as the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities for students every summer.


Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment—including single parents, youth with disabilities, young newcomers and youth in rural and remote areas—to develop the skills and gain the experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school. Skills Link has helped over 191,000 youth since 2006.


Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates transition to the job market through paid internships and helps to provide youth with the information and experience they need to make informed career decisions, find a job or pursue advanced studies. Since 2006, Career Focus has helped over 29,000 youth.


Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year. Since it began in 2007, Canada Summer Jobs has helped over 304,000 students.


Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government of Canada is investing $40 million towards supporting up to 3,000 internships in high-demand fields and $15 million annually towards supporting up to 1,000 internships in small and medium-sized enterprises under YES.


The Government of Canada also provides a range of support—including Canada Student Loans, Canada Student Grants, the Canada Learning Bond and the Canada Education Savings Grant—to help young Canadians save for and pursue post-secondary education, so that they can acquire the skills and training they need to succeed in the job market.


Visit youth.gc.ca and CanLearn.ca for more information.