MP Tilson Announces Support for Youth in Dufferin

May 01, 2021

ORANGEVILLE, ON – The Government of Canada is helping equip youth with the skills and work experience they need to find jobs. The announcement was made today by the David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin–Caledon.

Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology (Orangeville Campus) is receiving investment, from the Government, to help 48 youth overcome barriers to employment.  Participants will benefit from group workshops to learn or improve useful job skills, such as effective communication and time management. They will also gain work experience with local employers in areas such as manufacturing, hospitality and construction. 

Investment in this project of $452,000, for the riding, was provided through the Skills Link program as part of the Government’s overall strategy to equip all Canadians with the skills and training they need to connect with available jobs.

“Our Government is helping young Canadians get the skills and training they need to find good jobs and build better futures for themselves and their families. By investing in our young people, we are helping contribute to Canada’s long-term growth, competitiveness and overall prosperity. We are proud to work with organizations like Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology, so young people, can develop the skills they need to succeed in the job market,” said David Tilson.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2006, the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy, which includes the Skills Link program, has helped over 611,000 youth.
  • The Government of Canada is helping Canadian youth get the skills employers are looking for with the Canada Job Grant, apprenticeship grants and the new Canada Apprentice Loan. The Government also offers tax credits, such as the tuition, education and textbook tax credits, tradesperson’s tools deduction and the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit.
  • Economic Action Plan 2014 introduced the Canada Apprentice Loan, which provides apprentices registered in Red Seal trades with interest-free loans of up to $4,000 to complete their technical training. Loans are interest-free until apprentices complete or leave their apprenticeship training program, up to a maximum of six years. At least 26,000 apprentices are expected to apply annually. Since January, over 5,000 apprentices across Canada have benefited from the Canada Apprentice Loan.