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August 23, 2007 14:10 ET

Canada's New Government Helps British Columbians Find Work

NELSON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 23, 2007) - Canada's New Government is working to help people in Nelson find and keep long-term jobs. Today, the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, announced $1.6 million in funding for the Kootenay Career Development Society under the Employment Assistance Services program.

"Canada's New Government is proud to work with community organizations such as the Kootenay Career Development Society to create opportunities for Canadians and help them reach their potential," said Minister Solberg. "This partnership will help people in Nelson and the surrounding areas who face barriers to employment get the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to find and keep quality jobs."

Over the next three years, the Kootenay Career Development Society will help more than 11,000 people in Nelson, Salmo, Kaslo, Slocan Valley (including Slocan City, Crawford Bay and Boswell), and neighbouring areas by offering them access to a self-serve employment resource centre, workshops promoting employability skills, case management, and assistance in creating return-to-work action plans. Participants aim to become employed or self-employed, or to return to school.

"We are very excited about receiving Employment Assistance Services funding from Service Canada for Nelson and area," says Jan Wright, Executive Director of the Kootenay Career Development Society. "This funding goes a long way in building the community's economic capacity by providing job-search skills, training information, and links to employers and the labour market for unemployed and underemployed individuals in our communities."

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