November 20, 2020 Guelph, Ontario Employment and Social Development Canada
Canada’s future depends on our young people being able to get the good, well-paying jobs they need to succeed. That is why the Government of Canada is continuing to take strong action to provide the support they need to move forward from the impacts of the pandemic and successfully plan for their future careers.
Today, Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, on behalf of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced an investment under Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) that will help 125 young people in Guelph, Ontario, get the skills and experience they need.
Second Chance Employment Counselling Inc. will receive nearly $1.4 million over the next three years for their innovative Ways2Work project. This project will provide job readiness training and opportunities to 125 young people in Guelph who face barriers to employment, including youth with disabilities, youth with mental health concerns and racialized youth. Through case management, one-on-one supports and mentorship services, young people participating in the project will benefit from a wide range of job skills, training and knowledge needed to further their education and kick-start their careers.
Today’s announcement builds on the Government of Canada’s commitment in the 2020 Speech from the Throne, which included creating more job opportunities through YESS to help more young Canadians get the skills and paid work experience they need to build long and successful careers. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the Government of Canada will continue to look for ways to support all Canadians, including young people and students building their future careers.