For Immediate Release
Creating Job Opportunities for Youth in London and Southwestern Ontario
Fanshawe College receives federal funding to connect more young people to hands-on work experience
March 16, 2018 (London, ON)
As part of the Government of Canada’s plan to strengthen the middle class and help those working hard to join it, London and Southwestern Ontario youth pursuing their career goals will improve their skills through hands-on work experience. Today, Kate Young, Member of Parliament for London West, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced funding to support a local initiative.
In a project led by Fanshawe College, 50 youth from across southwestern Ontario will be connected to paid placements with local employers. Fanshawe will be facilitating career–related work experience opportunities in the fields of health management, administration and computers systems design.
The Government of Canada is providing approximately $850,000 in funding through the Career Focus program, which supports projects that help youth develop their skills and obtain valuable work experience.
“It’s so encouraging to see the ambitious and creative work this community is undertaking. By supporting projects that help youth launch their careers, we are helping to ensure that the next generation reaches its full potential.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
“Young people looking for work are struggling to get a foot in the door. This project will connect local youth with employers to gain valuable hands-on work experience – and it is going to have a long-lasting impact on their path towards career success.”
– Kate Young, Member of Parliament for London West
“With this funding, Fanshawe will improve the transition of highly skilled young people from school into a rapidly evolving labour market while providing opportunities for employers to recruit talented youth for their future workforce. This is a win-win situation for both employers looking to hire skilled employees and young people looking for a career in their field. We thank our government partners for their continued support of our students.”
– Darlene O’Neill, Senior Manager, Employment and Student Entrepreneurial Services
“Our relationship with Fanshawe continues to grow and we look forward to working with the College to provide real-world, tangible experience to new graduates through the Career Focus program. We hope graduates will choose London as a starting point for their career after they see the many great opportunities that exist here.
– Emily Galan, HR/Finance Coordinator at Digital Echidna
- Career Focus is part of the Government’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Each year, the Government invests more than $330 million in YES to help young people gain the skills, abilities and work experience they need to find and maintain good employment.
- Budget 2018 proposes to invest an additional $448.5 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, in the Youth Employment Strategy. This funding will support the continued doubling of the number of job placements funded under the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2019-20 and provide additional resources for a modernized Youth Employment Strategy in the following years, building on the input of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment. A renewed Youth Employment Strategy will be announced over the course of the next year.
- To expand employment opportunities for young Canadians, Budget 2016 invested an additional $165.4 million in 2016–17. That’s an increase of 77 percent over the year before, and the largest increase to YES since 1997.
- This new funding is on top of the $339 million investment over three years in the Canada Summer Jobs program to create up to 70,000 new jobs for youth each year.
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Youth Employment Strategy
The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace. The YES helps youth between the ages of 15 and 30 get the information and gain the skills, job experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition to the workforce. The YES includes Skills Link, Career Focus and Summer Work Experience, and is delivered by 11 federal departments.
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 return to school.
Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates transition to the labour market through paid internships and helps provide youth with the information and experience they need to make informed career decisions, find a job and/or pursue advanced studies.
Summer Work Experience provides wage subsidies to employers to create summer employment for secondary and post-secondary students. The Summer Work Experience program includes Canada Summer Jobs. The Canada Summer Jobs program 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 who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.
Each year, the Government invests approximately $330 million in the YES to help young people gain the skills and experience they need to find and keep good jobs.
In Budget 2018, the Government proposes to provide an additional $448.5 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, to the Youth Employment Strategy. This funding will support the continued doubling of the number of job placements funded under the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2019-20 and provide additional resources for a modernized Youth Employment Strategy in the following years, building on the input of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment. A renewed Youth Employment Strategy will be announced over the course of the next year.
This is in addition to Budget 2016 investments of $165.4 million in the Youth Employment Strategy in 2016–17 to:
- create new green jobs for youth;
- increase the number of youth who access the Skills Link program; and
- support employment opportunities in the heritage sector under the Young Canada Works program.