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January 05, 2007 15:17 ET

Canada's New Government Offers Help to Goodyear Workers in Valleyfield

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 5, 2007) - The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and the Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister responsible for Greater Montreal, today expressed concern for workers in Valleyfield, Quebec, following an announcement that the Goodyear plant would cease production of tires by mid 2007.

"It is always disturbing when workers lose their jobs," Minister Solberg said. "Canada's New Government is committed to ensuring that these employees will receive the assistance and support they require during this transition period."

Federal government officials will meet with employees to help them apply for Employment Insurance and process claims as quickly as possible.

Under the Canada-Quebec Labour Market Development Agreement, the province is responsible for the design and delivery of active employment measures with approximately $600 million per year in federal funding.

Minister Fortier stressed that "the Government of Canada stands ready to work closely with the Government of Quebec under our joint Targeted Initiative for Older Worker Program to address the re-employment needs of older workers affected by this unfortunate downturn. We want to ensure that the economic prosperity of this region continues to grow and that all those affected by today's decision receive all of the assistance they are eligible for," said Minister Fortier.

The TIOW was announced by Canada's New Government on October 17, 2006, and an agreement was speedily concluded with Quebec on 20 November 20, 2006. A similar program was cancelled by the previous Liberal government. The TIOW is a federal/provincial/territorial cost-shared employment program which provides a range of employment activities to older workers who live and work in vulnerable communities, and who have lost their jobs. The Government is ready to discuss similar agreements with all interested provinces and territories.

Through this program, laid-off older workers could be eligible to receive additional support to re-enter the work force. Additional support includes skills assessment, counselling, and skills upgrading. Those in the program would also receive extended EI benefits while they complete training.

Canada's New Government is committed to work with the government of Quebec and the local authorities to help workers affected by Goodyear's announcement.

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