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Expedition to Community will engage about 300 youth through Canada Service Corps
April 8th, 2019 Ottawa, Ontario Employment and Social Development Canada
Canada’s future prosperity depends on young Canadians getting the experience and skills they need to succeed. That’s why Will Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Ministerof Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, today announced Expedition to Community (E2C), a new program that aims to engage Canadian youth in community service in five Inuit communities located in four northern regions: Nunatsiavut, Nunavut, Nunavik and Inuvialuit.
Through this program, a core group of 50 youth will in turn involve as many as 250 more in unique service opportunities that address issues and needs faced by communities across Canada’s North. Core participants will be provided with inspiration, incentives, key skills, supportive learning environments, and a range of learning opportunities that are suited to their own aspirations and interests.
E2C is delivered by the Students on Ice foundation, which educates youth about the importance of the Polar Regions. Students on Ice receives funding through Canada Service Corps. This January marked one year since the Prime Minister and Minister of Youth, Justin Trudeau, launched the design phase of Canada Service Corps to promote civic engagement among young Canadians. Canada Service Corps provides youth with access to service opportunities that are meaningful, while assisting them in gaining life skills. These service opportunities will provide young people with the chance to make a difference in their communities.
“Canada Service Corps is about giving youth the opportunity to build a program that is for them, by them. Through youth-led service programs like Expedition to Community, our government is helping Canada’s young people develop individual strengths and gain essential life experiences”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
“Canada Service Corps serves community needs through innovative programs like Expedition to Community. Programs like these give youth in rural and remote areas the chance to enrich their communities and build a better Canada for everyone. I look forward to seeing the expanding impact that youth leadership is having across our country.”
— Will Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, Quebec
For media enquiries, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada