Government of Canada provides skills training and job opportunities for young Canadians in LaSalle-Émard-Verdun

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From: Employment and Social Development Canada

May 8, 2018 Montreal, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada

Building a strong middle class means giving Canada’s youth the tools they need to find and keep good jobs.

Today, David Lametti, Member of Parliament for LaSalle-Émard-Verdun, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced funding that will help young Canadians develop their skills and get hands-on work experience.

The Government of Canada will provide $552,743 in funding to the Centre social d’aide aux immigrants (CSAI) for its project “Jeunes réfugiés syriens: futurs employés” through the Skills Link program. The CSAI will provide a five week program of intensive job skills training and participation in recruitment events to 10 participants. This project will also provide participants with work experience with private sector and non-profit employers in the LaSalle-Émard-Verdun community in areas such as data, technology and customer service.

Skills Link supports projects that help young people who face more barriers to employment than others get employability skills and gain valuable job experience, which, in turn, helps them make a successful transition into the workforce or go back to school. This could include youth who have not completed high school, single parents, Indigenous youth, youth with disabilities, newcomers or youth living in rural or remote areas.


“We know that our communities are healthier and stronger when everyone can fully participate. Supporting youth as they transition into the workforce and giving them the training they need to succeed is a key way in which we can grow our economy and strengthen the middle class.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“I am proud that the Skills Link program is helping to create job opportunities for the young newcomers in our community of LaSalle-Émard-Verdun. Helping our youth overcome barriers to employment is essential to Canada’s future prosperity.”
– David Lametti, Member of Parliament for LaSalle-Émard-Verdun

Quick facts

  • Canada’s future prosperity depends on young people getting the education and work experience they need to succeed. Each year, the Government invests over $330 million in the Youth Employment Strategy to help young people gain the skills and work experience they need to find and maintain good employment.
  • Through Budget 2018, the Government provides an additional $448.5 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, to the Youth Employment Strategy. This funding will support the continued increase of the number of job placements funded under the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2019–20.
  • Budget 2017 invested an additional $395.5 million over three years. Combined with Budget 2016 measures, these investments will help:·        more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop the skills they need to find work or go back to school;

    ·        create 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians; and

    ·        provide over 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector.

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Alicia Castelli
Senior Advisor

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada


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