The Government  of Canada issued a news release on Sep. 6, 2016, announcing “Enhancing Refugee Youth Employment Outcomes, a project to be delivered over a 33-week period under the Government of Canada’s Skills Link program, will help 48 youth overcome barriers to employment and develop a wide range of jobs skills. Included in the program is a 10-week paid work experience where youth will be placed in entry-level private sector positions where demand is high.”

As outlined on the government’s website, “The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help young people, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition into the labour market. As part  of YES, the Skills Link program provides funding for employers and organizations to help youth facing barriers to employment develop the broad range of skills and knowledge need to participate in the current and future labour market. It also promotes education and skills as being key to labour market participation.”

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has extended the deadline to Sep. 16, 2016 for proposals from organizations interested in receiving financial assistance from the Skills Link program. Learn more on the government’s website at

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