Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for

Ottawa Centre

Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for

Ottawa Centre


News Release: Creating job opportunities for youth in Ottawa

News Release

For Immediate Release

Creating job opportunities for youth in Ottawa
Graduates benefit from a wage subside program creating employment opportunities

April 25, 2017           Ottawa, Ontario             Employment and Social Development Canada

As part of the Government of Canada’s plan to strengthen the middle class and help those working hard to join it, Ottawa youth pursuing their career goals will improve their skills through hands-on work experience. The announcement was made today by Catherine McKenna, Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

In a project led by the Canadian Council of Aviation and Aerospace, at least 15 post-secondary graduates will get their first job in the industry and an opportunity to develop their skills in aerospace manufacturing and the aviation sector.

The Government of Canada will provide approximately $220,000 in funding for this project through the Career Focus program, which supports projects that help youth develop their skills and get work experience.                                                          


“It’s so encouraging to see the ambitious and creative work this community is undertaking. By supporting projects that help youth launch their careers, we are helping to ensure that the next generation reaches its full potential.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“I am pleased to highlight a project that will make such a positive difference for Ottawa youth. The skills and experience that youth acquire through the Career Focus program will have a long-lasting impact on their path towards career success.”
– Catherine McKenna, Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre

 “CCAA‘s mission is to assist the Aviation and Aerospace industry and ensure it has sufficient workers with the necessary skills, to meet current and future requirements in this critical sector. The Career Focus programs help us do that by providing wage subsidies to employers who hire recent graduates, providing then with training and work place experience.”
– Robert Donald, Executive Director, The Canadian Council of Aviation and Aerospaoce

“Air Canada supports the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace and its Career Focus program. There is a huge demand for pilots and technicians that is growing each year, many of whom find their way to Air Canada. We applaud the federal government for showing leadership in the future of our industry.”
– Kevin Howlett, Senior Vice-President Regional Markets and Government Affairs.

“Vertex Precision Manufacturing has made a commitment to hiring and training young people with an objective to build the skilled work-force that we need to grow.  To this end, our company has hired thirteen young people, representing 25% of our total hiring since January of 2016.  The new Wage Subsidy program will  greatly help us as we continue to invest in the aerospace workforce of the future at Vertex Precision Manufacturing’s three Ontario sites.”
– Stewart Cramer, Chief Executive Officer, Vertex Precision Manufacturing

Quick Facts

  • Career Focus is part of the Government’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Each year, the Government invests more than $330 million in YES to help young people gain the skills, abilities and work experience they need to find and maintain good employment.
  • To expand employment opportunities for young Canadians, Budget 2016 invested an additional $165.4 million in 2016–17. That’s an increase of 77 percent over the year before, and the largest increase to YES since 1997.
  • This new funding is on top of the $339 million investment over three years in the Canada Summer Jobs program to create up to 70,000 new jobs for youth each year.

Associated Links

Youth Employment Strategy    

Career Focus Program


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