Government of Canada

Government of Canada


April 21, 2008 09:00 ET

Canada and New Brunswick Work Together to Assist Unemployed Older Workers in the Restigouche and Chaleur Areas

CAMPBELLTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - April 21, 2008) - Mr. Mike Allen, Member of Parliament (MP) for Tobique-Mactaquac, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and the Honourable Ed Doherty, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour for New Brunswick, today announced a project that will help 90 older workers from various sectors in the Restigouche and Chaleur regions get adequate training and help them return to the labour force.

The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are jointly awarding over $1.5 million to the Restigouche Community Business Development Corporation to assist 90 unemployed older workers improve their employability and integrate into new jobs so that they remain active and productive in the labour market.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled and most flexible work force in the world, and that work force includes older workers," said MP Allen. "We cannot, and must not, overlook the experience of these workers who want to continue contributing to their communities, and to the Canadian economy."

"In order to reach self-sufficiency by 2026, we must mobilize as many New Brunswickers as possible to be a part of our work force. As stated in the Charter for Change, our government will be investing in our people so they will be better educated and multi-skilled," said Minister Doherty. "We are pleased to partner with the federal government in piloting an initiative that recognizes the valuable experience and skills that older workers have to offer in order for them to be successful in our province."

The Restigouche and Chaleur regions are dealing with the closure of two pulp and paper mills as well as the exodus of the population towards urban centres. As a result, many businesses are experiencing difficulties in recruitment. The Older Workers Initiative Restigouche/Chaleur project is therefore important for unemployed older workers who, with some new skills, can help businesses address their human resources needs.

The Canada-New Brunswick Agreement on Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) allows unemployed older workers across New Brunswick to take part in activities such as skills assessment and upgrading, counselling and work experience. These activities are aimed at unemployed older workers between the ages of 55 and 64, and will be offered through projects delivered at the community level.

The TIOW provides programming until March 31, 2012, including an additional investment of $90 million investment proposed in Budget 2008. Under this Initiative, the provinces and territories that have chosen to participate are responsible for identifying vulnerable communities, and project design and delivery. In most cases, the participating provinces and territories will then work with organizations in affected communities, such as the Restigouche Community Business Development Corporation, to develop projects.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Solberg
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary
    Department of Post-Secondary Education,
    Training and Labour
    Andrew Holland
    Marketing and Public Information Officer
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office