Niagara Centre MP applauds the strength of young Canadians on International Youth Day

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Published August 12, 2021 at 7:16 pm

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With today (August 12) being International Youth Day, Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey said young Canadians are showing they are tougher than ever.

He noted not only did they persevere through the COVID-19 pandemic but they also managing to “combat climate change, challenge systemic racism, push us forward on the road to reconciliation, and fight for the freedom to be who they are” the entire time.

He added that the government has supported students and new graduates by creating the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, expanding the Canada Student Loans Program, and freezing student loan repayments during the pandemic.

“We have helped young Canadians access jobs and career development opportunities, with initiatives like the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, the Student Work Placement Program, and Canada Summer Jobs.”

He noted the Wellness Together Canada program has “connected more youths than ever before to wellness, mental health, and substance use rehabilitation assistance.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also acknowledged Canadian youth today by saying, “Young people are powerful leaders of change. They care deeply about our country, understand the issues we are facing, and know that we have to – and can – do better. They serve their communities actively, participate in civic life, and advocate for a fairer, more diverse, and more inclusive Canada.”

Added Trudeau: “As we look to the future and start our recovery from the pandemic, we will continue to support young people and make sure they have the right tools to work, innovate, and succeed. Because when we invest in them, we are investing in our country’s future.”

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