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Government of Canada funds a Skills Link project to help 180 youth in Concord
August 18, 2005
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Concord -- Susan Kadis, Member of Parliament for Thornhill, on behalf of Belinda Stronach, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal, announced funding for a project targeted to help 180 young people in Concord.

The funding of $350,926 is intended to help participants make a successful transition to the workplace. The organization that will receive this funding is COSTI-IIAS Immigrant Services. 

"I am delighted to announce a project that will give youth the skills and experience needed to enter today's work force and build a career for
themselves," said Ms. Kadis. "This project will help the participants overcome barriers to employment with the necessary tools and support to explore career paths so they can reach their full potential."

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support organizations such as COSTI-IIAS Immigrant Services that are dedicated to increasing the
employability of Canada's youth," said Minister Stronach. "This project will provide many young people with an opportunity to develop transferable employment skills to become productive members of our labour market."     Under the project, COSTI-IIAS Immigrant Services will continue to deliver a series of life skills and pre-employment workshops to youth in the southwest York region. Topics include setting goals, adapting to change, working safely, and solving problems. Upon completion of the program, the young people will have gained the self-confidence, motivation, and knowledge necessary to overcome barriers to employment and facilitate their transition into the labour market.

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