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Local youth will have the opportunity to learn about career options


Released by the Government of Canada

Local youth will have the opportunity to learn about career options in the health care, trades and technology sectors, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Mr. Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds—Grenville, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that young Canadians have the skills and information they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Brown. "Our government is proud to support activities like this one that benefit both employers and youth."

With assistance from the federal Youth Awareness program, St. Lawrence College, through the Trade Roots project, will coordinate six career fairs across eastern Ontario.

"We are pleased to receive this funding. The events we will create will be a great opportunity for us to connect youth in these communities with the opportunities of the future," said Gord MacDougall, Vice President, Student and External Affairs, St. Lawrence College. "The events focus on trade careers, it is predicted that in this province alone we will have a huge demand for these skilled workers."

Trade Roots brings together local industry, businesses, educators and employment services organizations to provide information about career and apprenticeship opportunities and offer hands-on demonstrations of the skilled trades and other professions. The career fairs will take place in the communities of Tyendinaga, Kingston, Smiths Falls, Kemptville, Morrisburg and Casselman, and are expected to draw over 4,000 participants.

St. Lawrence College will receive over $232,000 in federal Youth Awareness funding to support its Trade Roots project.


The Youth Awareness program, funded under Employment Insurance Part II, provides financial assistance for projects designed to address specific labour market requirements facing communities, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.

Youth Awareness is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. The Government underscored its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development.

The program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and benefits.