Marc Serré

Your member of parliament for

Nickel Belt

Marc Serré

Your member of parliament for

Nickel Belt


Supporting the next generation of youth in Nickel Belt / Greater Sudbury

NICKEL BELT-GREATER SUDBURY – Since 2015, the federal government has worked hard to grow the economy and the middle class. By helping young people get the skills and experiences they need to build meaningful careers, we ultimately help foster a more prosperous Canada. MP Serré, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hadju, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, shares the government’s launch of the Youth Employment Skills Strategy (YESS).

YESS builds on the success of the Youth Employment Strategy that has been supporting talented, ambitious and hard-working young Canadians make the transition from school to the workforce since 1997.

The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy will offer more flexible services, broadened eligibility, and enhanced supports for youth facing barriers to ensure that no one is left behind. The YESS strategy will help:

  • Create flexible, holistic Youth Employment and Skills Strategy that will be delivered by 11 departments across the Government of Canada, with Employment and Social Development Canada handling intake of YESS calls for proposals
  • Expand eligibility for programming previously delivered under the Summer Work Experience program stream to include year-round, part-time or full-time work placements to all youth
  • Maintaining Employment Social Development Canada’s Canada Summer Jobs programming but expanding eligibility to include non-student youth beginning in summer 2019
  • Providing tailored supports to youth including access to enhanced supports (e.g., clothes for job interviews, daycare for parents, and subsidized high-speed internet to aid in job searches) and case management
  • Removing barriers to participation and providing culturally-specific supports for Indigenous youth.  The Government of Canada is also engaging with Indigenous partners, service providers and youth to understand how to better support Indigenous youth in their pathways to employment in a way that complements investments in internet access and education
  • Encourage and enable youth to have access to mentors, through partnerships with youth-serving organizations and employers
  • The modernized strategy will have a new governance structure, and improved performance measurement with common measures and data collection strategy that will support improved sharing and evaluation of youth investments

Eligible organizations including not-for-profit organizations, municipal governments, Indigenous organizations and some for profit organizations can now put in a call for proposal until July 26th, 2019 for projects up to three years in duration (12 months to 36 months) starting as early as April 1, 2020.

From getting their first job to retraining for a second career, our government is committed to supporting youth at all stages of their careers. When everyone has a fair chance at success, our communities benefit and thrive.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2016, 1,126 summer jobs have been funded in Nickel Belt through the Canadian Summer Jobs Program for a total of over $2 million for youth


“The strategy builds on the success of the Youth Employment Strategy to support the next generation of the middle class. Young Canadians are talented, ambitious and hard-working, but getting a strong start in the workforce can be challenging for many. The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy will make it easier for young people to transition from the classroom to the workforce, including those facing barriers. It is part of our plan to ensure that everyone has a fair chance at success.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“The Government of Canada recognizes the important contributions our youth offer to our communities and our economy. Offering meaningful work opportunities allows youth to develop the critical skills they need to build their careers. I look forward to seeing Nickel Belt and Greater Sudbury organizations hire our talented youth through the YESS program, further incentivizing them to stay here in Northern Ontario and stimulate our job market!”
Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt


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Kaylie Dudgeon
Special Assistant
Marc Serré, MP Nickel Belt