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November 23, 2007 15:00 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Workers in South Okanagan Gain the Skills They Need to Find Jobs

OKANAGAN FALLS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2007) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, Minister responsible for British Columbia, and Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced an investment in a local labour market project. This funding will be used to provide employment adjustment services to workers affected by the Weyerhaeuser sawmill closure in Okanagan Falls.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Minister Day. "Facilitating the transition of displaced workers back into the local labour market is an important priority, and will also benefit local employers and the local economy by increasing the local skilled labour force."

"Partnering on this initiative with the Government of Canada is important, since it will allow us to put a project coordinator in place as soon as possible to assist workers with the transition," added Jerry Micklos, unit manager of Weyerhaeuser's Okanagan Falls operations.

Over the next seven months, Service Canada will provide $46,600 in funding to help 170 workers affected by the sawmill closure prepare for, find, and obtain employment. In addition to Service Canada's funding, Weyerhaeuser is contributing $38,232 towards this initiative.

Over the life of this project, the focus will be on facilitating the workers' access to those community resources most likely to help them with their specific employment adjustment support needs. A joint committee, made up of an equal number of Weyerhaeuser management and members designated by United Steelworkers Local 1-423, will manage the project. The project is one of many services funded by Service Canada to help people find jobs.

The Government of Canada provides funding under the Labour Market Partnerships (LMP) program to encourage, support, and facilitate labour force adjustments and human resource planning activities that are in the public interest. For more information on the LMP program, please visit our Web site at

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Labour Market Partnerships

The Government of Canada uses the Labour Market Partnerships (LMP) program to encourage, support, and facilitate labour force adjustments and human resource planning activities that are in the public interest. The LMP program provides funding to encourage and support employers, employee-employer associations, and communities in developing and implementing strategies for dealing with labour force adjustments and meeting human resource requirements. The LMP program addresses labour market issues through partnerships.

The LMP program is one of the employment programs of the Employment Benefits and Support Measures (EBSM). As a support measure to organizations, the LMP program does not provide direct financial assistance to insured participants, individuals who are unemployed, or individuals who are threatened by imminent job loss.

Key characteristics of the program are as follows:

- Activities must focus on a labour market issue and be assessed as likely to have a positive impact on the labour market.

- Activities must involve partnerships.

- Activities must involve developing or implementing strategies for dealing with labour force adjustments and/or for meeting human resource requirements.

- LMP assistance must be finite in nature. Although a series of agreements may be signed with the same sponsor, each agreement must state specific project outcomes and time frames, and must not be reliant on a future agreement for success.

- LMP activities should affect people who are in the labour market, or about to enter it (i.e., those aged 15 and older).

The LMP program may also support activities related to human resource planning and labour force adjustment. Such activities may include related research, the development of human resource strategies, the promotion of beneficial human resource and adjustment practices (best practices), the coordination of community-based approaches to addressing labour market issues, short-term adjustment services for workers facing lay-off, and the development of economic (employment) development plans and community marketing plans.

Eligible recipients include businesses, federal Crown corporations and comparable provincial-territorial Crown corporations, organizations, individuals, public health and educational institutions, municipal governments, and band/tribal councils.

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