Government of Canada-funded opportunities for youth in Calgary

Building a strong middle class means giving Canada’s youth the tools they need to find and keep good jobs.

That’s why the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, highlighted a local project today that gave youth in the Calgary area job skills training and hands-on work experience.

Over the past 23 months, Bow Valley College has supported 50 post-secondary graduates with paid work experience for at least 12 weeks in a number of high-demand fields, including science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the skilled trades.

The Government of Canada provided more than $525,000 in funding for this project through the Career Focus program of the Youth Employment Strategy. Career Focus supports projects that help post-secondary graduates transition to the labour market through paid internships, and helps to provide them with the information and experience they need to make informed career decisions, find a job and/or pursue advanced studies.


“We know that our communities are healthier and stronger when everyone can fully participate. Supporting youth as they move into the workforce is a key way we can grow our economy and strengthen the middle class.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“I am proud to highlight a project that provides youth with the opportunity to explore their professional interests while improving the skills that will help them land a job in their field of study. Projects like this enable young Canadians to turn their ambitions into reality.”
– Kent Hehr, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre

The Connections to the Workplace program has allowed 50 post-secondary students to gain valuable workplace skills and exposure to the job market. We are delighted that 92 percent of program participants were employed after their placement, which highlights the value of the program and of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.”
– Dr. Misheck Mwaba, Vice President, Academic, Bow Valley College

Quick Facts

  • Canada’s future prosperity depends on young people getting the education and work experience they need to succeed. Each year, the Government invests over $330 million in the Youth Employment Strategy to help young people gain the skills and work experience they need to find and maintain good employment.
  • Through Budget 2018, the Government provides an additional $448.5 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, to the Youth Employment Strategy. This funding will support the continued increase in the number of job placements funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2019–20.
  • Budget 2017 invested an additional $395.5 million over three years. Combined with Budget 2016 measures, these investments will help:
    • more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop the skills they need to find work or go back to school;
    • create 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians; and
    • provide over 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector.


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