The Youth Awareness initiative provides financial assistance to applicants for the design of projects that address labour market issues facing youth in their community. Funding may be used to develop and implement human resources strategies that address the current and future work-force needs of the contribution recipient.
Youth Awareness focuses on two national priorities:
- skills gaps—making youth aware of which skilled trades are facing labour shortages; and
- labour force integration of rural youth—improving opportunities for youth living in smaller, rural communities, where jobs and employment services are more difficult to find.
Youth Awareness projects are delivered at the national, regional, and local levels. A project submitted under Youth Awareness must clearly demonstrate how it will improve the contribution recipient’s capacity to meet its human resources requirements.
Contribution recipients can be businesses, organizations (such as not-for-profit, professional, or labour organizations, or employers), institutions (public health or educational), band/tribal councils, Aboriginal organizations, or municipal governments.
For more information and to apply, interested businesses and organizations should:
- call 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232), TTY: 1-800-926-9105;
- click on www.servicecanada.gc.ca (Youth and Students section);
- visit a Service Canada Centre.