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November 08, 2007 16:54 ET

The Government of Canada and the City of Kamloops Announce New Funding for Jobs Removing Beetle-Infested Trees

KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2007) - Betty Hinton, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and Terry Lake, Mayor of the City of Kamloops, today announced joint funding for a project that will help minimize the fire hazard from dead and dying trees infested with pine beetle and create jobs for 12 local workers.

"Our government is pleased to partner with the City of Kamloops and the Community Futures Development Corporation of Thompson Country to help adults and young people in Kamloops who require employment and career assistance," said Ms. Hinton. "This project builds on our previous initiatives to eliminate the pine beetle and reduce fire risk, and provides local workers with experience in forestry-related jobs."

The $231,499 in joint funding will help project participants identify and remove dead and dying trees affected by the pine beetle in various locations across the City of Kamloops. The funding will also be used to help city residents who need wood debris from beetle-affected trees removed from their property. The training and experience provided by this high-demand work will significantly increase participants' job opportunities in this field.

Over a seven-month period, the Government of Canada will contribute $99,112 toward the project, adding to the City of Kamloops' investment of $132,387. The Community Futures Development Corporation of Thompson Country will once again coordinate the project in conjunction with the City of Kamloops.

"The City of Kamloops appreciates Service Canada's contribution to the pine beetle wood disposal program and job-creation partnership with the Community Futures Development Corporation," said Mayor Lake. "The curb-side pickup of beetle-killed wood will save money for homeowners, and we can now run the program until April 2008."

The funding announced today is additional to that provided under the Mountain Pine Beetle Program, announced by the Government of Canada in January 2007. This $200-million investment is a comprehensive response to the infestation and includes projects to recover economic value from forests affected by the beetle, economic diversification projects such as the expansion of Kamloops Airport, and major infrastructure projects. Canada's government is helping affected areas adapt and rebuild in a time of unprecedented change, creating stronger, healthier communities.

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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 their participation, clients have recent work experience to add to their resumés. This experience, together with the networking opportunities available while on a project, increases participants' chances of successfully finding long-term employment.

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