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Service Canada

April 23, 2008 16:15 ET

The Government of Canada Helps People in Kamloops Gain Skills and Jobs

KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 23, 2008) - Betty Hinton, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced a funding agreement with TQM Consulting to help unemployed workers in Kamloops 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 Ms. Hinton. "This project will help 225 unemployed British Columbians gain the work experience they need to find and maintain meaningful employment."

TQM Consulting will receive $1,729,209 through Service Canada's Community Coordinators - Targeted Wage Subsidy program. This funding will help local individuals obtain the skills they need to compete in the job market by providing wage subsidies for local employers, who then create valuable work experiences. Participants will be referred to TQM Consulting by community organizations that help unemployed clients overcome employment barriers, as part of their case management or return-to-work action plans.

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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BACKGROUND

Community Coordinators - Targeted Wage Subsidies Program

The Targeted Wage Subsidies program provides funding for employers to encourage them to hire Employment Insurance-eligible individuals whom they would not usually hire without a subsidy. The Targeted Wage Subsidies program helps unemployed individuals enhance their skills and improve their employability. The expectation is that the subsidy will lead to a permanent job, either with the employer or with another employer.

Under the Targeted Wage Subsidies program, funding is distributed through Community Coordinators, who administer wage-subsidy agreements with eligible employers. The Community Coordinator can be an individual, a business, an organization, a federal Crown corporation, a corporation, a public health or educational institution, a municipal government, or a band/tribal council.

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