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Government of Canada Promotes Careers in Skilled Trades in Saskatchewan

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - April 19, 2010) - Local youth will have the opportunity to learn about career opportunities in the skilled trades thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Mr. Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament for Palliser, 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. Boughen. "Our government is proud to support activities like this one that benefit both employers and youth."

The Saskatchewan Construction Association will receive $55,500 through the Government of Canada's Youth Awareness program to support a variety of activities that promote careers in the skilled trades to youth, including women, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal people.

"The funding from the Government of Canada will be used to fund projects that will help Saskatchewan employers in the construction trades sector respond to labour market needs," said Mr. Michael Fougere, President of the Saskatchewan Construction Association. "The program will give youth a better understanding of training requirements and career opportunities in the construction trades. It will also ease the transition for youth into construction careers by linking training programs with employment and jobs in the construction sector."

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the workforce and contribute to their communities.

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. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

The Youth Awareness program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and benefits. For more information about this program, visit, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.


The Saskatchewan Construction Association (SCA) is the provincial advocacy organization for Saskatchewan's construction industry. Between April 7, 2010, and March 31, 2011, the SCA will help employers in the province's trades sector respond to labour market requirements and promote awareness of training and career opportunities in the trades industry. The funding will allow a human resource coordinator from the SCA to participate in a number of career days and seminars, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and the Skills Canada Saskatchewan Competition. 

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.

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