Tilson Pleased CCS Receiving $1,460,240 for Life for Youth Three-Year Renewal

July 10, 2017

BOLTON, ON- David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, was pleased to learn that Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has approved $1,460,240 in Skills Link funding to Caledon Community Services’ (CCS) for its LIFE for Youth program. 

The funding provided by ESDC will renew the LIFE for Youth program for a period of three years. Since its launch in 2008, it has successfully delivered employability and skills development training to 240 Caledon youth.

“This is terrific news for youth in Caledon,” said Mr. Tilson. “LIFE for Youth has become an invaluable program and CCS may now continue to provide this outstanding program to help ensure our community’s youth have the essential skills training and work experience needed for today’s competitive job market. I’ve supported this program since its inception and I was pleased to support this three-year funding renewal.”

Participants in the LIFE for Youth program develop important life and job skills through workshops on topics such as time management, effective communication, and conflict resolution. Based on their career plans, they gain work experience through job placements with local businesses in the community.

Monty Laskin, CEO of CCS, shared his excitement with the continuation of this valuable community program, “We’re grateful that our government is investing in our community’s youth. That investment is matched by the time and attention given these young people by CCS and local employers. We’re all working towards the same thing, a bright future for youth through expert training that prepares them for an interesting and rewarding work career.”

The Skills Link program is a component of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Through funding of organizations, the Skills Link program helps youth overcome barriers to employment, develop a broad range of skills and knowledge in order to participate in the current and future labour market and to promote education and skills as being key to labour market participation. These barriers include, but are not limited to, challenges faced by recent immigrant youth, youth with disabilities, single parent youth, youth who have not completed high school, Indigenous youth, and youth living in rural or remote areas.