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April 10, 2007 13:30 ET

Canada's New Government Invests $801,000 To Help Job Seekers in Windsor and Kentville

ANNAPOLIS VALLEY, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - April 10, 2007) - Mr. Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret's, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding of $801,413 for two Employment Assistance Services projects designed to help individuals looking for work in Kings County and Hants County, Nova Scotia.

"Canada's New Government works closely with community partners to enhance people's quality of life in this community and others across the province," said Mr. Keddy. "Our funding for initiatives such as this reflects our government's commitment to promoting a more competitive, productive economy while improving opportunities for all Canadians."

The Annapolis Valley Work Activity Society, located in Kentville, will receive $159,434 to provide assistance to people affected by the closure of Maple Leaf Foods. Some of the specific services that will be available include one-on-one and group employment and career counselling, workshops, client referrals, job search techniques, and labour market information.

This project is being offered in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia, which is contributing $131,000 to support employees of Maple Leaf Foods.

"These employees are a valuable resource and it is important that we do everything we can to support them," said Education Minister Karen Casey. "The training and support being provided will help these Nova Scotians stay in the province and find meaningful employment."

The Hants County Community Access Network will receive $641,979 over two years to assist people with disabilities living in Hants County. Participants will benefit from one-on-one, and group employment and career counselling, client referrals, portfolio development courses, and access to computers.

These projects are two of many services funded through Service Canada to help people find jobs.

Service Canada provides Canadians with one-stop, easy-to-access personalized service. Whether you are in need of a Social Insurance Number or are looking for an organization to help you with your job search, your local Service Canada Centre can help guide you. You can access many services in a way that meets your needs, by phone through 1 800 O-Canada, by Internet at, by mail or in person. Job-seekers can be matched to employers in their community through

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The Employment Assistance Services (EAS) program supports organizations that help clients re-enter the labour market.

All unemployed Canadians can access a range of services through EAS activities. However, some EAS activities are available only to those clients who are eligible to receive Employment Insurance (EI), or have recently received EI benefits.

Examples of services offered through EAS:

- providing and sharing of labour market information;

- help with preparing a resume;

- career planning;

- employment counseling;

- diagnostic assessment;

- job search skills;

- job finding clubs;

- job placement services.

Eligible recipients or coordinators of EAS funding include federal crown corporations and comparable 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.

This project has been reviewed to ensure compliance with the department's administration of the Grants and Contributions program, and is subject to review under the Financial Administration Act.

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