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January 16, 2008 15:15 ET

The Government of Canada Helps People in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, and the Surrounding Area Find and Maintain Jobs

CHETWYND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 16, 2008) - The Honourable Jay Hill, Secretary of State and Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced a three-year funding agreement with the Obair Economic Society. This funding will be used to help unemployed workers in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, and the surrounding area prepare for, obtain, and maintain jobs.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Secretary of State Hill. "Not only will this investment help more than 600 individuals in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, and the surrounding area find and keep quality jobs, but it will also benefit local employers and the local economy."

The Obair Economic Society will receive nearly $4.2 million through Service Canada's Community Coordinator-Skills Development program, which will be used to provide financial assistance to eligible individuals residing in Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Fort St. John, Hudson's Hope, and Fort Nelson, so they can obtain skills training that will help them gain sustainable employment. Participants will be referred to the Obair Economic Society by community organizations that help unemployed clients overcome employment barriers, as part of their case management or return-to-work action plans. This project is one of many services funded through Service Canada to help people find jobs.

This project reflects the Government of Canada's commitment to creating a strong economy for all Canadians. Through Advantage Canada, 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 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.

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