Giving young Montrealers the skills they need to launch meaningful careers

Canada’s continued prosperity depends on young Canadians launching meaningful careers. By helping them gain the skills and experience they need for a fair chance at success, we are investing in our greatest asset–our people.


On May 16, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, highlighted funding of over $5.2 million, through the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) in Hochelaga, to the Quebec Aerospace Manpower Sector Committee (CAMAQ) and Montreal Access-Work for their projects: “Your first job in aerospace” and “together towards integration.”

Your first job in aerospace gave 200 new aerospace graduates an opportunity to gain work in their chosen sector in positions such as piloting, aerospace mechanical assembly, aircraft maintenance and air transport management. The ongoing program “together towards integration” has so far offered more than 180 youth participants employment skills training as well as work experience placements.

The YES is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help Canada’s newest workers get a strong start to their careers and has three complementary program streams: skills link, career focus and summer work experience. Improvements to the YES since 2015 have resulted in more than 220,000 youth finding good-quality jobs or improving their skills.

“Our continued prosperity depends on young Canadians successfully transitioning from the classroom to the workforce. Giving Canadian youth a fair chance at success is how we will grow our economy and strengthen the middle class,” said The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

“The Youth Employment Strategy is helping thousands of youth making the transition from school to the workforce. Our government is taking concrete actions to address labour shortage and offer valuable working experience to young Canadians,” said Garneau.


“The aerospace sector requires a high degree of rigor and complexity, and on average it takes between nine and 12 months to fully integrate a new graduate into the workforce as a fully independent professional. Financial assistance under the Career Focus Program has enabled companies to facilitate the transition of these highly-skilled youth into a fast-moving and ever-changing labour market,” said Nathalie Paré, director general, Quebec Aerospace Manpower Sector Committee.

Quick Facts

  • Budget 2019 proposes to invest $49.5 million to support the ongoing modernization of the YES. This builds on investments in Budgets 2016, 2017 and 2018 in the YES to help youth gain the skills and experience they need to find and maintain good employment.
  • The YES is currently being modernized, informed by the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment and extensive engagement with youth, service delivery organizations and other stakeholders.

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