Thunder Bay -- The Honourable Joe Comuzzi, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North, on behalf of Belinda Stronach, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal, today announced funding of $233,883 for an employment project that will help 22 youth with disabilities in Thunder Bay. The Ontario March of Dimes will be receiving this funding.
"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am proud to support a project that will provide disabled youth with the skills and experience needed to enter today's labour market," said Mr. Comuzzi. "This project will help the participants to overcome barriers to employment and reach their full potential."
"The Government of Canada is committed to helping youth launch their careers by providing them with access to the tools they need to succeed," said Minister Stronach. "This is why we are proud to support such initiatives."
Under the project, the Ontario March of Dimes will provide an opportunity for 22 youth with disabilities to develop a broad range of skills and
knowledge through a variety of workshops. Participants will be provided with life and employability skills workshops on topics such as problem solving, goal setting, decision making, résumé writing and job searching. Participants will also benefit from work placements with local employers.
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada is providing financial assistance for this project through the Skills Link program, a component of the Youth Employment Strategy. The Skills Link program helps youth facing barriers to employment acquire the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to participate in the job market.
The Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy offers three programs: Skills Link, Summer Work Experience and Career Focus. These programs provide flexibility to choose from a range of activities that can be tailored to meet individual needs.
Funding for this project was provided for in the 2005 federal Budget.
This project has been reviewed to ensure compliance with the Department's administration of its grants and contributions programs, and is subject to review under the Financial Administration Act.