“Our Government is helping Canadians get the skills and training they need to find good jobs and build better futures for themselves and their families. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s workforce, so by investing in them, we are helping contribute to Canada’s long-term growth, competitiveness and overall prosperity. We are proud to work with organizations like the Pathfinder Youth Centre Society so young people, including those in Surrey, can develop the skills they need to succeed in the job market” said Mr. Hiebert.
Participants in the project will improve job skills, such as budgeting, and goal setting through workshops provided by the Youth Centre Society. They will also have the opportunity to achieve certifications such as First Aid, and Serving it Right. Participants will then gain work experience with local employers in areas such as trades, hospitality or retail.
Today’s announcement is one example of what the Government is doing to help Canadians. To help hard-working families, the Government is also enhancing the Universal Child Care Benefit, introducing the Family Tax Cut and making improvements to the Child Care Expenses Deduction and the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit.
Since 2006, the Harper Government’s Youth Employment Strategy has helped over 611,000 young Canadians.
The Government of Canada is helping Canadian youth get the skills employers are looking for with the Canada Job Grant, apprenticeship grants and the new Canada Apprentice Loan. The Government also offers tax credits, such as the tuition, education and textbook tax credits, the tradesperson’s tools deduction and the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit.
Economic Action Plan 2014 introduced the Canada Apprentice Loan, which provides apprentices registered in Red Seal trades with interest-free loans of up to $4,000 to complete their technical training. Loans are interest-free until apprentices complete or leave their apprenticeship training program, up to a maximum of six years. Since January, over 6,000 apprentices across Canada have benefited from the Canada Apprentice Loan.
The Universal Child Care Benefit has increased from $100 to $160 per month, totalling up to $1,920 per year, for children under the age of 6, and families have begun receiving a new benefit of $60 per month, up to $720 per year, for each child aged 6 through 17. The first payment of $3 billion dollars to 3.8 million families represents the largest single-day direct payment to families in history.