MONTREAL, Aug. 24, 2017 : Giving Canadian youth the tools they need to find and keep good jobs will help grow the middle class and strengthen our economy.
Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that Acces-Travail de Montreal will help 144 young people in the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve area overcome barriers to employment, develop essential job skills or return to school.

The Government of Canada will provide over $1.2 million in funding for the project "Ensemble vers l'integration-5" through the Skills Link program of the Government's Youth Employment Strategy. Through this project, Acces-Travail de Montreal will provide participants with workshops that are tailored to their needs. This project will also provide participants with work experience with private sector and non-profit employers in the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve area, in sectors such as retail, health services and hospitality.


"Supporting youth, including those with disabilities, means giving everyone a real and fair chance to succeed. Our government is firmly focused on inclusive growth, which means ensuring that every Canadian has a fair shot at success."
- The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

"For the last five years, the Government of Canada has provided us with support through the Skills Link program. This has helped several youth between 18 and 30 years of age, particularly those in our Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood, regain confidence in their skills and get back into the work force. Through this program, these youth can get a sustainable, enriching job that helps them find their place in our society. I would like to thank the federal government for this support. I hope that our youth can continue to benefit from guidance and support when they go back to work. This is essential for them and for the society of tomorrow."
- Sylvie Mercier, Executive Director, Acces-Travail de Montreal

Quick Facts
•Each year the Government invests more than $330 million in the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) to help young people gain the skills, abilities and work experience they need to find and maintain good employment.
•Total funding for YES was increased by $278 million in 2016-17, representing the largest investment since its launch.
•Budget 2017 is investing an additional $395.5 million over three years for YES, starting in 2017-18.
•Combined with Budget 2016 measures, these investments will help:
â—¦more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop the skills they need to find work or go back to school;
â—¦create 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians; and
â—¦provide over 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector.

(Posted on 24 August 2017, 1675418077 3O222O251O91)