The federal minister of human resources has announced a new approach to youth employment with the aim of better equipping young Canadians with the tools and resources they need to successfully transition into the workforce.
Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, said the government’s main website for youth employment and services, Youth.gc.ca, has been enhanced to offer better online access to information and services which will benefit young workers and employers alike.
In the coming months, additional features will be added to the site, and Service Canada will be engaging with key stakeholders to seek out a range of views in order to continue the enhancements to the site.
A range of programs and services specific to the needs of employers fall under the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) for those aged aged 15-30, and organizations seeking to hire young Canadians can apply for funding and subsidies through programs including:
- Skills Link assists youth facing barriers to employment, and eligible employers may apply for funding to offer programs to assist youth in various circumstances, including those who:
- are single parents
- are of Aboriginal descent
- have disabilities
- are recent immigrants
- live in rural and remote areas
- have dropped out of high school
- Career Focus program – businesses and organizations can receive contributions toward offering post-secondary graduates opportunities to obtain career-related work experience.
- Not-for-profit organizations, public sector and smaller private sector employers (50 or fewer employees) can apply for wage subsidies to create career related summer jobs for students between the ages of 15-30 through the Canada Summer Jobs program.
- Youth Awareness is intended to address specific labour market issues facing communities and can be used to develop and implement human resource strategies to meet employers' current and future HR needs. The expectation of Youth Awareness is that employers and communities will develop a heightened awareness of youth as the workforce of the future.
- Could you re-train your employees instead of laying them off? Employer Sponsored Training (EST), a component of Labour Market Partnerships (LMP) measure, is an employment program of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) that provides financial assistance to eligible employers to support approved training activities for employees who have been identified as facing a loss of their employment.
Employers should read the terms of each program carefully before submitting an application for funding. Employers seeking to advertise jobs for youth can do so via Service Canada’s Job Bank web site.
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