The Government Of Canada Helps Francophone Youth From Barrie And Penetanguishene Get Skills That Lead To Good Jobs
May 20, 2008

Barrie, Ontario — Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie and Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament for Simcoe North, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced Skills Link funding to help youth from the Barrie and Penetanguishene areas get employability skills and jobs.

“The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world,” said Mr. Brown. “Not only will our investment help young people find and keep quality jobs, but it will also benefit local employers facing labour shortages and will be good for the local economy.”

“Our government believes that when individuals are able to update their skills and knowledge, they’ll have more success in entering the labour force or returning to school,” said Mr. Stanton. “Our partnership with La Cle d'la Baie en Huronie − Association Culturelle francophone will help youth in Barrie and Penetanguishene get the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to take advantage of the job market.”

La Cle d'la Baie en Huronie − Association Culturelle francophone will receive $355,590 in funding through Service Canada’s Skills Link program. La Cle d'la Baie en Huronie − Association Culturelle francophone’s Transition au Travail project will allow 24 francophone youth to gain skills through classroom instruction on topics such as goal setting, conflict resolution, the job market and participating in work placements.

This project reflects the Government of Canada’s commitment to creating a strong economy for all Canadians. Through its Advantage Canada plan, the Government is building on Canada’s strengths and gaining a global competitive advantage by reducing taxes for all Canadians, increasing competition in the marketplace, and building modern infrastructure.

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