Over $1 million in funding for local non-profit through the Government of Canada's Youth Internship Program
July 28, 2015 – Québec, Quebec – Industry Canada
Today's labour market is fluid and is continually shifting to meet the demands of the digital global economy. This can create significant barriers to employment for young Canadians who lack work experience. The Government of Canada appreciates how important it is that youth receive the training they need to take advantage of the opportunities of the global digital economy.
Today, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, announced that the Réseau des Sociétés d'aide au développement des collectivités et Centres d'aide aux entreprises (Network of Community Futures Development Corporations and Community Business Development Corporations) will receive $1,113,541 in funding under the Youth Internship (YI) Program. The Réseau is a network of non-profit agencies that work to stimulate entrepreneurship and build the well-being of their communities. The Réseau's 57 Community Futures Development Corporations and 10 Community Business Development Corporations bring together 1,350 volunteers and 400 professionals who promote their interests and expertise, and who share and develop innovative tools to further their communities' development objectives.
Funding provided through the YI Program will offset costs associated with hiring youth interns. These interns will in turn benefit from on-the-job work experience and ultimately improve their employability and marketability in the digital and knowledge-based economy.
The YI Program is one of several work experience programs administered by the Government of Canada and supports Digital Canada 150, a plan for ensuring Canada can take full advantage of the economic opportunities of the digital age.
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