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September 13, 2007 08:05 ET

Canada's New Government Helps People in Antigonish Find Jobs

ANTIGONISH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2007) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, today announced more than $1.1 million in Employment Assistance Services funding over three years to help unemployed workers in Antigonish find and maintain employment. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.

"Canada's New Government is proud to support community organizations that help unemployed individuals find and keep quality jobs," said Minister MacKay. "Not only will this funding help more than 4,000 individuals in Antigonish who require employment and career assistance, but it will also benefit local employers and the local economy."

The Antigonish Career Resource Centre will receive $1,170,604 in funding so that it can deliver employment needs assessments, counselling, job-search workshops, and job-placement services. The Centre, located at 50 James Street in Antigonish, will provide flexible career decision-making programs designed to address clients' specific needs and circumstances and to enable them to participate fully in the workforce. This project is one of many services funded through Service Canada to help people find jobs.

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Backgrounder

Employment Assistance Services

The Employment Assistance Services (EAS) program provides funding to organizations that offer employment services to help clients re-enter the labour market. Funding for the EAS program was provided for in the March 2007 federal budget.

All unemployed Canadians have access to a range of services under the EAS program. However, some EAS offerings are available only to clients who are eligible to receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, or who have recently been receiving EI benefits.

Employment Assistance Services include providing clients with information about the labour market, help preparing resumes, career-planning services, employment counselling, diagnostic assessment, help with job-search skills, job-finding clubs, and job-placement services.

Eligible recipients of EAS funding are businesses (including federal Crown corporations and provincial/territorial Crown corporations), organizations, individuals, public health and educational institutions, municipal governments, and band/tribal councils, as well as some provincial/territorial government departments and agencies. These entities act as employers or service coordinators under the program.

This project has been reviewed to ensure compliance with Service Canada's administration of its grants and contributions programs, and is subject to review under the Financial Administration Act.

Contact Information

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