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Employment and Social Development Canada investing in BC youth facing barriers to employment

Today, Employment and Social Development Canada announced new project funding through the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS).

The Chance to Choose: A Youth Employment Program will be receiving over $2.8 million to help 232 young people develop skills for the workforce and gain valuable experience.

The program is delivered by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. which is a social service agency that offers a wide variety of programs and services that promote people as they settle into Canada.

The agency was founded in 1973 and served 72,000 clients from 150 countries in 2019.

The Government of Canada has invested almost $54 million in 32 YESS projects across BC in an effort to support young people find jobs and gain experience.

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Moreover, through Budget 2021, the government is investing an additional $5.7 billion over five years to help young Canadian pursue and complete their educations and access more job opportunities.

The statement explained that young Canadians will be able to benefit from the following investments:

  • 37,000 new job placements through YESS over the next two years.

  • 220,000 job placements through Canada Summer Jobs over the next two years.

  • 50,000 work-integrated learning opportunities through the Student Work Placement Program in 2021–22.

  • 85,000 work-integrated learning placements through Mitacs over the next five years.

  • 28,000 training and work opportunities through the Canada Digital Technology Adoption program.

The statement finished by explaining that since April 26, more than 150,000 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) opportunities have become available.

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