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October 03, 2007 12:35 ET

Canada's New Government Announces Funding to Help People With Disabilities in Yarmouth and the Surrounding Area Find and Maintain Jobs

YARMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2007) - Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret's, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced more than $856,000 in funding over three years for the West Nova Inclusive Employment Society. The funding, provided under the Community Coordinator-Skills Development program, will be used to help unemployed people with disabilities in Yarmouth and the surrounding area prepare for, find, and maintain jobs.

"Canada's New Government is proud to support community organizations that help unemployed individuals find work," said Mr. Keddy. "Not only will this project help 60 Nova Scotians with disabilities who need employment and career assistance, but it will also benefit local employers and the local economy."

Over the next three years, the West Nova Inclusive Employment Society will provide financial assistance to 60 individuals with disabilities who are eligible for Employment Insurance benefits in Yarmouth County, Shelburne County, and the Municipality of Clare, so they can obtain skills training that will help them gain sustainable employment. Participants will be referred to the West Nova Inclusive Employment Society by community organizations that help unemployed clients overcome employment barriers, as part of their case management or return-to-work action plan. This project is one of many services funded through Service Canada to help people find jobs.

In Budget 2007, the Government of Canada announced a new Registered Disability Savings Plan to help parents and others save for the long-term financial security of a child with a disability, and introduced the Enabling Accessibility Fund, with $45 million over three years to contribute to the cost of improving physical accessibility for people with disabilities. The Government also invested $233 million to support programs delivered by provinces and territories that help people with disabilities find and keep meaningful employment.

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Community Coordinator Program

Community Coordinators are organizations that are selected to receive funding from Service Canada to deliver employment-related assistance through their own programming to their own clients. The Community Coordinator's programs must be similar to those run by the Employment Insurance (EI) Commission, and must develop funding guidelines that reflect those of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC).

Community Coordinators providing services under the Skills Development component of the program provide financial assistance to people who need skills training to secure employment. Eligible individuals, who are approved under the Skills Development component, select, arrange, and pay for their own training.

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