News Release Article from  Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Canada-P.E.I. Partnership Bolsters Opportunities for Youth Internships in the Province

March 4, 2016 – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The government is making Canada a more digital nation by providing Prince Edward Island youth with the tools and skills they need to embrace the opportunities of the digital age. Today, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, announced that the Government of Canada is providing $543,500 in fiscal year 2015–16 to the P.E.I. Student Financial Assistance Corporation to fund over 60 youth internships. These internships are designed to help develop skills in the areas of small business, entrepreneurship and career awareness, with an overall focus on information and communications technologies (ICT).

The Prince Edward Island Supporting Youth in Careers (SYnC) Youth Internship Program unveiled its new Youth Commons Space, which will house 41 of the 60 youth internships. Located in the Atlantic Technology Centre, the space will house three cohorts of the SYnC youth program: the Hive cultural entrepreneurship program, the Propel Aerospace Program and the IT Garage. The space will allow for greater interaction between these youth programs and will foster information sharing.

The funding is made possible through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada's (ISED) Youth Internship Program, a national initiative coordinated by ISED and funded through the federal Youth Employment Strategy. Each year, the Youth Internship Program creates jobs for young Canadians and other social, educational and economic benefits associated with the expanded use of ICT.

Quick facts

  • A strong digital economy requires the right fundamentals, and it is important for young Canadians to take full advantage of the opportunities of the global digital economy.
  • The government has committed to spurring innovation to increase productivity and long-term competitiveness and provide jobs and growth for Canadians.
  • The Youth Internship Program is a key part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, with ICT-related not-for-profit organizations providing job opportunities for over 1,000 young Canadians each year.

Quotes

"This program is another great example of how we are working hard to make Canada a more digital nation by providing Canadians, and youth in particular, with the tools and skills they need to fully embrace the opportunities of the digital age."

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

"Today's announcement celebrates SYnC's impressive new Youth Commons Space, which is creating local jobs while imparting valuable skills to today's youth and tomorrow's digital leaders."

– Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

"This is the first time that multiple groups are working alongside one another in a common space, separate from other offices. We're hoping that this shared space can become a permanent home for a large portion of our youth program."

– The Honourable Richard Brown, Prince Edward Island's Minister of Workforce and Advanced Learning

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Contacts

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca

Anne Macrae
Integrated Communications
Communications PEI
902-393-4025
amacrae@gov.pe.ca


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