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YMCA Okanagan receives federal funding

Posted on April 3, 2017

News Release

For Immediate Release
YMCA Okanagan receives federal funding for skills and employment strategies for local youth April 3, 2017 Kelowna, British Columbia Employment and Social Development

Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, is pleased to announce that the YMCA’s Jumpstart Employment Essentials Kelowna program is receiving $794,476 in federal government funding.

The project was submitted under the Skills Link component of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES).

Each year, the Government of Canada invests more than $330 million through the Youth Employment Strategy to help young people overcome barriers and gain the skills and experience they need to find and keep good jobs.

These barriers include, but are not limited to, challenges faced by recent immigrant youth, youth with disabilities, single parent youth, youth who have not completed high school, Indigenous youth, and youth living in rural or remote areas.

In Budget 2016, the Government announced $339 million to create up to 35,000 additional positions under the Canada Summer Jobs program each year for three years. It also provided an additional $165.4 million in 2016–17 for the Youth Employment Strategy to create new positions under Skills Link, green jobs and heritage sector jobs.

To further expand employment opportunities for young Canadians, Budget 2017 proposes to provide an additional $395.5 million over three years, starting in 2017–18, for the Youth Employment Strategy.

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.


“This vital funding from the Government of Canada has provided Central Okanagan youth the opportunity to gain the certifications, skills and confidence needed to be successful in our local workforce. It can be challenging for youth to make the transition to work and adulthood. The Skills Link funding is making it possible for them to do so. This investment in our community is changing the lives of many – helping local youth build a bright future.”

– Allyson Graf, General Manager, Community and Strategic initiatives, YMCA of Okanagan

“The federal government recognizes the importance of supporting young people in our community overcome barriers to employment. By helping them develop the skills and knowledge they need to gain meaningful employment we are ensuring they have a fair chance at a better future.”
– Stephen Fuhr, CD, MP Kelowna-Lake Country

For media enquiries, please contact:

Stephen Fuhr, CD, MP 250 470-5075