Service Canada

Service Canada

April 23, 2008 12:15 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Individuals in Nanaimo and the Surrounding Area Develop Business Skills

NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 23, 2008) - The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced a funding agreement with ETHOS Career Management Group to help almost 300 people in Nanaimo and surrounding area develop their business skills.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Minister Solberg. "This project will help people in the Nanaimo area get the business knowledge and skills they need to be able to build a stronger future for themselves and their families."

ETHOS Career Management Group will receive $4,842,161 through Service Canada's Community Coordinator - Self-Employment Assistance program. This funding will be used to provide business counselling and financial support to help aspiring entrepreneurs in the Nanaimo area develop and implement a business plan.

Service Canada's Self-Employment Assistance program supports projects aimed at helping insured participants gain the skills they need to become self-employed. Self-Employment Assistance activities include providing clients with information about the labour market, and helping them develop business concepts and business plans.

"We are grateful to Service Canada and the Government of Canada for this funding," said Deborah Bromley, Chief Executive Officer, ETHOS Career Management Group. "It will allow us to provide business counselling and financial support to nearly 300 people, helping them to reach their career goals and realize their fullest potential."

This project reflects the Government of Canada's commitment to creating a strong economy for all Canadians. Through its Advantage Canada plan, the Government is building on Canada's strengths and gaining a global competitive advantage by reducing taxes for all Canadians, increasing competition in the marketplace, and building modern infrastructure.

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BACKGROUNDER

Community Coordinator - Self-Employment Assistance Program

Community Coordinators are organizations that 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 that provide services under the Self-Employment Assistance program support projects aimed at helping insured participants gain the skills they need to become self-employed. Self-Employment Assistance activities include providing clients with information about the labour market, and helping them develop business concepts and business plans.

Contact Information

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