Government of Canada

Government of Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

November 01, 2007 10:05 ET

Two New Projects for the Reintegration into Employment of Older Workers in the Regional County Municipality of Antoine-Labelle in the Laurentian Region

MONT-LAURIER, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 1, 2007) - Mr. David Whissell, Quebec Minister of Labour and Minister responsible for the Laurentian Region, on behalf of Mr. Sam Hamad, Quebec Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, and the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, are pleased to announce two new projects funded under the Canada-Quebec Agreement with regard to the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers.

The governments of Quebec and Canada will jointly contribute $1,157,000 to these two projects to facilitate the reintegration into employment of 55 older workers who have been laid-off in the Regional County Municipality (RCM) of Antoine-Labelle in the Laurentian Region.

"The last few months have been difficult for a significant number of experienced workers in the forestry sector who were laid-off. It is of the utmost importance to redirect this skilled work force into more promising sectors. That is what is achieved by the two projects announced today under the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers," said Minister David Whissel.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled and most flexible work force in the world. Since there is currently a worker shortage in Canada, we cannot, and must not, overlook the experience of older workers. They still have much to contribute, and the Government of Canada is committed to supporting them," said the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn.

In collaboration with the Mont-Laurier local employment centre, two organizations will act as sponsors for the two projects that will be carried out in the RCM of Antoine-Labelle.

Defi-Emploi Antoine Labelle will receive approximately $411,000 in government funding to help 40 older workers, while La Griffe d'Alpha will receive a joint contribution of $137,000 from both levels of government to help 15 workers. In addition, $609,000 will be provided to participants as income support.

The sponsors will offer personalized, adapted support to these older workers by assessing their skills to determine how transferable they are to another sector, teaching them job search strategies, providing them with assisted placement or coaching, and, if necessary, providing them with financial assistance to help them find new employment.

"This project will no doubt provide significant support to experienced workers who have been directly or indirectly affected by difficulties in the forestry sector," added Minister Whissell. "It will provide them with a personalized means of support that will maximize their opportunities to quickly return to the work force," said Minister Blackburn.

The Canada-Quebec Agreement that enabled the implementation of the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers was signed in late October 2006. The projects announced today result from this $27-million agreement, which will expire on March 31, 2009.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity
    Alexandre Boucher
    Press Secretary
    418-643-4810
    or
    Office of the Minister of Human Resources
    and Social Development
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559