March 13, 2021

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

Caledon Community Services is receiving over $353,000 through the Skills Link program for its project to help 24 youth in Caledon gain the skills and experience necessary to make a successful transition to the job market or return to school.

Participants will benefit from group workshops to learn or improve useful jobs skills such as time management and effective communication. They will also gain work experience with local employers in areas such as construction, health services, and website management.

This is part of the Government of Canada’s overall strategy to equip all Canadians with the skills and training they need to connect with available jobs.

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.


“Our Government’s top priorities are creating jobs and economic growth. The project announced today will help youth in Caledon get the skills needed to obtain jobs in today’s economy.”

– The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development

“Our Government has helped more than half a million young Canadians develop the skills they need to help them succeed in the job market. I am pleased to announce that young Canadians in Caledon will benefit from our initiatives to connect young people with jobs.”

– David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin–Caledon

"Young people will benefit immensely. The LIFE for Youth Program is a winner for Caledon youth and for the Caledon community. When we invest in our young people we're building capacity in our community. We appreciate the federal government's support, the youth thrive in our program and the community's businesses are grateful for the value-add of LIFE for Youth trainees in their workplaces."

– Monty Laskin, Chief Executive Officer of Caledon Community Services.

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