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January 27, 2014
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Young Islanders gain valuable life and business skills through Junior Achievement programs

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Programming offers building blocks to successful future careers

Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea and Innovation and Advanced Learning Minister Allen Roach today announced government support for Junior Achievement of Prince Edward Island (JAPEI).

The JAPEI programs are offered to students in elementary, junior and senior high schools. Programs are delivered by local volunteers from the business community.

Quick Facts

• The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is investing $82,500 in Junior Achievement to support the organization as it delivers valuable business programming to PEI students.

• The Government of Prince Edward Island is investing $25,000 to continue its long-standing support of Junior Achievement on PEI.

• Programming has grown significantly since Junior Achievement’s inception on the Island in 1985. The organization continues to seek new ways to raise its profile in the community and make stronger networking relationships with local business leaders and regional JA offices, and JA Canada.

• JAPEI’s programming offers five modules: Our Community; Our Country; Our Business World; Economics for Success; and The Company Program. Island students benefit from valuable first-hand experience in what business and entrepreneurship has to offer as a future career.


“Junior Achievement programs help set the stage for future entrepreneurs and it is these small and medium-sized businesses that generate most of the jobs and wealth in our economy. I am pleased to announce our Government’s support of JA’s five pillar programs that help young people from elementary to high school gain confidence with business skills and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship.”

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

“Entrepreneurship is a cornerstone of Prince Edward Island’s economy and we encourage young Islanders to consider business and entrepreneurship as they consider careers. Junior Achievement exposes young people to business and to business people who can show them how to become business people in their own right.”

The Honourable Allen Roach, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning

“It's exciting to have the federal and provincial governments continue their commitment to the youth of Prince Edward Island through JAPEI. This partnership will enhance our reputation in delivering top-notch curriculum-based programming in the areas of Financial Literacy, Work Readiness and Entrepreneurship to students across Prince Edward Island.”

Ms. Betty Ferguson, President and CEO, Junior Achievement of PEI

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Media Contact: Ron Ryder
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