MP Michael McLeod was in Hay River today to announce that the Government of Canada is contributing $1,276,000 to help 60 NWT youth develop job skills and gain work experience in partnership with the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre. Michael McLeod made the announcement on behalf of  the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Patty Hajdu. See the news release below.

3March 3, 2017 (Hay River, NWT) – As part of the Government of Canada’s plan to strengthen the middle class and help those working hard to join it,  youth in the NWT are developing job skills and gaining hands-on work experience thanks to a new project supported with funding provided by the Government of Canada. Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

Up to 60 youth will participate in the project, which will be delivered by the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre. The participants will have 5 weeks of “in class” employability and essential skills training.  The work placements will be for 15 weeks in the trades and construction industry in the Dehcho, South Slave and North Slave regions.

The Government of Canada will provide approximately $1,276,000 in funding for this project through the Skills Link program, which supports projects that provide hands-on work experience, job search assistance and skills upgrading resources for youth facing barriers to employment. This includes youth who are single parents, have disabilities, are newcomers, or live in rural and remote areas.



“Giving youth a strong start through this type of project will ensure that the next generation of capable workers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, innovators and tradespeople achieve success and grow our economy.”

– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

 “Developing Canada’s youth is a priority. The Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre’s project is a concrete example of what we can achieve for youth by working in partnership with organizations across the country. Projects like this one can help put regular paycheques into the reach of those who need it. But more than that, they give young Canadians the chance to change their future.”

– Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories

 “The Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre is grateful for this opportunity to better serve Youth in the North. Our organization has been working in partnership with employers to recruit and retain qualified Northern Workers to meet their labour demands.  This funding will go a long way to insure youth have the skills to maintain employment and contribute to their local economies.  

– Shari Caudron, Executive Director, Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre


 Quick Facts

  • Skills Link 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

Skills Link Program


Shari Caudron

Executive Director

Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre


Michael McLeod, MP


Media Relations Office

Employment and Social Development Canada


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