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January 17, 2008 15:34 ET

Minister Hearn Announces Federal Investments in the Stephenville Area

STEPHENVILLE, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Jan. 17, 2008) - The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced that the Government of Canada will provide more than $3.3 million in funding to help individuals in the Stephenville area gain work experience, explore career options, and find work.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Minister Hearn. "These projects will help nearly 8,700 Newfoundlanders who face barriers to employment get the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to find work."

The Community Education Network for Southwestern Newfoundland will receive $2,897,867 through three Employment Assistance Services funding agreements. The Community Employment Readiness Centres will help more than 7,800 individuals in the Port aux Basques, Rocky Harbour, and St. Anthony areas find and maintain meaningful employment though access to job-search facilities and employment-readiness services.

The Gateway Status of Women Council will receive $229,010 through Employment Assistance Services funding. Through access to job-search facilities and employment-readiness programming and services, this project will help more than 375 women in the Port aux Basques area find and maintain meaningful employment.

Communities in Schools Newfoundland Labrador Inc. will receive $76,958 through two Job Creation Partnerships agreements to provide work experience for 12 individuals in the Port aux Basques area and four individuals in the Rocky Harbour area. These individuals will organize, plan, and deliver career-development information to local schools and communities.

The Ramea Economic Development Corporation will receive $68,495 in Employment Assistance Services funding to help more than 500 individuals in the Stephenville area who are experiencing difficulty entering or re-entering the labour force find and keep meaningful employment.

The Community Youth Network for Southwestern Newfoundland will receive $37,876 in Job Creation Partnerships funding. This funding will provide five individuals from the Port aux Basques area with career-related experience in organizing and conducting youth-engagement programs in the community.

These projects reflect 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 developing a global competitive advantage by reducing taxes for all Canadians, increasing competition in the marketplace, and building modern infrastructure.

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Employment Assistance Services

The Employment Assistance Services (EAS) program supports projects aimed at helping insured participants gain the skills they need to find meaningful employment. 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.

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 the projects, clients will have recent work experience to add to their resumes. 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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