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September 04, 2007 13:05 ET

Canada's New Government Helps People in British Columbia Find Jobs

SALMON ARM, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 4, 2007) - Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Shuswap, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding under the Employment Assistance Services program for a project to help people in the Southern Interior of British Columbia find and keep good jobs.

"Canada's New Government is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible workforce in the world," said Mr. Mayes. "We are proud to support community organizations that help Canadians who are not currently employed find work."

Stepping Stones Consulting will receive $2.54 million over three years for The Employment Place, a self-serve resource centre that will provide at least 4,200 unemployed people with employment-related information, as well as employment counselling and case-management services. Stepping Stones Consulting has been offering career decision-making services in the Southern Interior area for over six years, and is the first step for individuals seeking to enhance their career planning and development.

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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.

The Employment Place 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.

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