Service Canada

Service Canada

September 04, 2007 17:05 ET

Canada's New Government helps people in the Nakusp area to find jobs

NAKUSP, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 4, 2007) - Jim Abbott, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced $597,722 in Employment Assistance Services funding over three years for Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services, which will help people in and around Nakusp find and maintain employment.

"Canada's New Government is proud to support community organizations that help people find work," said Mr. Abbott. "Not only will this project help more than 2,100 adults and young people in the Nakusp area who need employment and career assistance, but it will also benefit employers and the local economy."

Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services will deliver employment resources and counselling services to more than 2,100 people from Nakusp, Burton, Fauquier, Edgewood, Trout Lake, New Denver, Silverton, and the surrounding areas, so that they can more fully participate in the labour market. Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services is located at 205 6th Avenue NW in Nakusp, and offers a self-serve employment resource centre, assistance in developing a return-to-work action plan, and employment counselling. This project is one of many services funded through Service Canada to help people find jobs.

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BACKGROUNDER

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 Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services 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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