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October 02, 2007 13:05 ET

Canada's New Government Helps People in Abbotsford and Surrounding Areas Gain the Skills they Need to Find Jobs

ABBOTSFORD, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 2, 2007) - Ed Fast, Member of Parliament for Abbotsford, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced close to $1.4 million in Employment Assistance Services funding over three years to help unemployed workers in Abbotsford and the surrounding areas prepare for, obtain, and maintain jobs.

"Canada's New Government is proud to support community organizations that help unemployed individuals find and keep quality jobs," said Mr. Fast. "Not only will this funding help more than 420 individuals in the Abbotsford area who need employment and career assistance, but it will also benefit local employers and the local economy."

W.J. Mouat Secondary School will receive $1,388,910 in funding for its English for Living and Working program. The program, which serves a diverse multicultural population, helps participants explore the education and skills they have brought to Canada and to see how they can apply and market those skills in the Canadian workplace. Services offered include interactive classroom seminars, individual computer labs, and services in the areas of career decision-making, job-search techniques, and employability skills. This project is one of many services funded through Service Canada to help people find jobs.

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Employment Assistance Services

The Employment Assistance Services (EAS) program provides funding to organizations that offer employment services to help clients re-enter the labour market. Funding for the EAS program was provided for in the March 2007 federal budget.

All unemployed Canadians have access to a range of services under the EAS program. However, some EAS offerings are available only to clients who are eligible to receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, or who have recently been receiving EI benefits.

Employment Assistance Services include providing clients with information about the labour market, help preparing résumés, career-planning services, employment counselling, diagnostic assessment, help with job-search skills, job-finding clubs, and job-placement services.

Eligible recipients of EAS funding are businesses (including federal Crown corporations and provincial/territorial Crown corporations), organizations, individuals, public health and educational institutions, municipal governments, and band/tribal councils, as well as some provincial/territorial government departments and agencies. These entities act as employers or service coordinators under the program.

This project has been reviewed to ensure compliance with Service Canada's administration of its grants and contributions programs, and is subject to review under the Financial Administration Act.

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