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Government of Prince Edward Island

Government of Prince Edward Island

November 23, 2007 10:35 ET

The Government of Canada Announces Funding to Help People on Prince Edward Island Find and Maintain Employment

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2007) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, along with the Honourable Richard Brown, provincial Minister of Development and Technology, today announced that the Government of Canada will help people on Prince Edward Island gain work experience, explore career options, and find work.

"The Government of Canada is working to create the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Minister Blackburn. "These projects will help more than 12,000 Islanders who face barriers to employment get the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to find work."

"Participants in these projects will gain a better understanding of their options in the labour market," said Minister Brown. "This funding will help them gain work experience, or access local employment services."

Today's investment totals more than $3.8 million, with more than $3.4 million of this funding being provided through the Canada/Prince Edward Island Labour Market Development Agreement, which is co-managed by Service Canada and the provincial Department of Development and Technology.

Under the Employment Assistance Services program:

- PEI Career Development Services will receive $2,366,785; and

- The PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada will receive $259,962.

Under the Labour Market Partnership program:

- The Innovation and Technology Sector Council will receive $173,036;

- The PEI Agricultural Human Resources Development Council will receive $131,632;

- The Employment Journey Inc. will receive $236,563; and

- La Voix acadienne will receive $78,940.

Under the Job Creation Partnership program:

- The Canoe Cove Christian Camp will receive up to $90,479 and an additional $30,000 from the province; and

- The Northam Community Centre Committee will receive up to $72,000 and an additional $12,000 from the province.

Nearly $490,000 in funding is provided through the Government of Canada's youth programs.

Under the Skills Link and Youth Awareness programs:

- The Adventure Group Inc. will receive $129,946;

- The John Howard Society of Prince Edward Island will receive $99,773; and

- The East Prince Youth Development Centre will receive $99,193.

Under the Youth Awareness program, Skills Canada Prince Edward Island will receive $159,729.

These organizations will help more than 12,000 unemployed individuals-including Aboriginal Canadians, youth, and people with developmental disabilities-prepare for, find, and keep good jobs. The employment services being offered include needs assessment, labour market research, employment counselling, career-planning advice, job-search assistance, and work experience.

The projects announced today are examples of the many services funded through Service Canada to help people find jobs. They complement the more than $888,000 in funding committed by the Governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island in August 2007 for the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) agreement in the province, which is designed to help unemployed older workers obtain the skills and experience they need to find and keep jobs.

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Background

Canada/Prince Edward Island Labour Market Development Agreement

The Canada/Prince Edward Island Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA) is a co-managed agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of Prince Edward Island. Under the agreement, the federal and provincial governments manage labour market development programs and services in Prince Edward Island. These programs and services are funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by Service Canada through local Service Canada Centres.

Employment Assistance Services

The Employment Assistance Services (EAS) program supports projects aimed at helping insured participants gain the skills they need to find meaningful employment. Employment Assistance Services include providing clients with information about the labour market, help preparing resumes, career-planning services, employment counselling, diagnostic assessment, help with job-search skills, job-finding clubs, and job-placement services.

- PEI Career Development Services will provide employment services to more than 11,500 unemployed Islanders.

- The PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada will provide employment services to more than 200 unemployed newcomers to Canada.

Labour Market Partnerships

The Labour Market Partnerships program allows communities to improve their capacity for dealing with human resource requirements and for implementing labour force adjustments that support long-term job creation.

- The Innovation and Technology Sector Council will improve human resource management and seek ways to maintain the information technology work force.

- The PEI Agricultural Human Resources Development Council will address agricultural recruitment issues and increase awareness of the value of human resource development.

- The Employment Journey Inc. will develop and distribute labour market information encouraging human resource planning and career planning.

- La Voix acadienne will create and distribute eight editions of the publication entitled La Voie de l'emploi, which encourages human resource planning.

Job Creation Partnerships

The Job Creation Partnerships employment benefit supports projects aimed at giving insured participants opportunities to gain meaningful work experience. At the end of the projects, clients will have recent work experience to add to their resumes. This experience, together with the networking opportunities available while on a project, increases participants' chances of successfully finding long-term employment.

- The Canoe Cove Christian Camp will give seven unemployed individuals construction work experience through a project that involves building a camp lodge.

- The Northam Community Centre Committee will give four unemployed individuals construction work experience through a project that involves completing renovations to the Centre.

Skills Link

The Skills Link program helps young Canadians (aged 15 to 30 years) obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs, and stay employed. Skills Link focuses on helping young people who face barriers to employment. These young people include high school drop-outs, single parents, Aboriginal youth, people with disabilities, youth in rural areas, and recent immigrants.

- The Adventure Group Inc. will provide 12 young parents with life, parenting, and employment skills that will help them find employment or return to school.

- The John Howard Society of Prince Edward Island will provide 12 young people with life and employability skills that will help them find employment or return to school.

- The East Prince Youth Development Centre will provide 10 young people with life and employability skills that will help them find employment or return to school.

Youth Awareness

The Youth Awareness program provides financial assistance for projects designed to address labour market issues facing communities, and can be used to develop and implement human resource strategies to meet employers' current and future human resource needs.

- Skills Canada Prince Edward Island will increase the profile of skilled trades and technologies with youth, educators, and parents through the provincial Skills Canada Competition.

Contact Information

  • Service Canada Communications
    Stephen Ramsay
    902-566-7686
    or
    Service Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559
    or
    Province of Prince Edward Island
    Geoff Townsend
    902-368-4424
    or
    Public inquiries:
    1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232)
    TTY: 1-800-926-9105
    servicecanada.gc.ca