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November 08, 2007 16:10 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Residents of New Westminster and the Surrounding Area Gain Skills and Jobs

NEW WESTMINSTER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2007) - James Moore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics, and Member of Parliament for Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced almost $2 million in Employment Assistance Services funding over two years to help unemployed workers in New Westminster and the surrounding area prepare for, obtain, and maintain jobs.

"Our government is proud to support community organizations that help unemployed individuals find and keep quality jobs," said Mr. Moore. "Not only will our investment help more than 4,700 individuals in the New Westminster area who need employment and career assistance, but it will also benefit local employers and the local economy."

Fraserside Community Services Society's Employment Resource Centre will receive funding through Service Canada's Employment Assistance Services program. Through employment counselling, life skills workshops, and employment-readiness programming and services, this project will help more than 4,700 individuals gain the skills they need to find and maintain employment. The Employment Resource Centre helps clients explore their skills and opportunities in the job market through assistance with career decision-making, job search, and skills enhancement.

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BACKGROUNDER

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 resumes, 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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