Government of Canada

Government of Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

June 11, 2007 11:20 ET

Announcement of Two Projects to Assist Older Workers in Abitibi-Temiscamingue

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 11, 2007) - This morning, 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, and Mr. Sam Hamad, the Quebec Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, announced funding of $2.7 million for the delivery of six projects to reintegrate older workers into employment under the TIOW, of which two are destined to the Abitibi-Temiscamingue region.

The "Ressources-emplois 2" project of the Strategie Focus 45 ans et Plus agency, which will receive $629,725 in funding, will be offered in the eastern part of the region (i.e. the regional county municipalities of Abitibi and Vallee-de-l'Or), while the western part (the regional county municipality of Rouyn-Noranda and Temiscamingue) will be able to benefit from the "Projet pour travailleurs de 55 ans et plus" of the Vision-Travail agency, which will benefit from $590,199.

The two agencies will offer personalized, adapted support for older workers who have been laid off by assessing their skills to determine how transferable they are to another sector and by teaching job search strategies.

The Canada-Quebec agreement that made the TIOW possible was signed in late November 2006 by the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec. This agreement, which is managed by Emploi-Quebec, totals $27 million and is designed to promote the re-entry into the labour force of some 4,000 laid-off older workers by the beginning of 2009, when the agreement will expire. Seventy per cent of this total funding is provided by the federal government, and thirty per cent by the provincial government.

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Office of the Honourable Monte Solberg
    Lesley Harmer
    Director of Communications