Creating job opportunities for local youth


As part of the Government of Canada’s plan to strengthen the middle class and help those working hard to join it, Sault Ste. Marie youth pursuing their career goals will improve their skills through hands-on work experience. The announcement was made today by Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for the Riding of Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

“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.” said, Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

In a project led by Sault College Employment Solutions, up to 20 youth will enhance their employability by developing management, entrepreneurial, communication, etc. skills. They will also be gaining valuable experience in fields such as information technology, health care, trades, natural resources, business and social services.

“I am pleased to announce a project that will make such a positive difference for Sault and area youth. The skills and experience that youth acquire through the Career Focus program will have a long-lasting impact on their path towards career success.” said, Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie

The Government of Canada will provide approximately $261,177 in funding for this project through the Career Focus program, which supports projects that help youth develop their skills and get work experience.

“We are very pleased that the Government of Canada is investing in the youth of our community. This program will assist local youth who have recently graduated from post-secondary programs who need to obtain their first full time employment to connect with employers who are hiring It will encourage employers to hire, train and retain new grads which is critical to our community. said,  Linda Ryan, Director, Sault College Employment Solutions

Quick Facts

· 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.

· To expand employment opportunities for young Canadians, Budget 2016 invested an additional $165.4 million in 2016–2017. 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.