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April 18, 2008 16:40 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Individuals in Nelson and the Surrounding Area Develop Business Skills

NELSON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 18, 2008) - 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 funding for two projects to help individuals in Nelson and the surrounding area develop their business skills and start their own businesses.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled. and most flexible work force in the world," said Mr. Abbott. "These projects will allow 320 local entrepreneurs to increase their business knowledge and help build a more productive local economy."

The Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Kootenay will receive $3,308,945 through Service Canada's Community Coordinator - Self-Employment Assistance program for its project in Nelson and Central Kootenay. This funding will be used to provide business counselling and financial support to help 200 aspiring entrepreneurs in the Central Kootenay area develop and implement a business plan. The Self-Employment Assistance program supports projects aimed at helping insured participants gain the skills they need to become self-employed. Self-Employment Assistance activities include providing clients with information about the labour market, and helping them develop business concepts and business plans.

The Canadian Society for Social Development (CSSD) will receive $280,735 through the Department of Human Resources and Social Development's Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. CSSD's Business Abilities Program will help 120 aspiring entrepreneurs with disabilities explore self-employment through workshops on decision making, idea development, and business management, and through assistance in developing and implementing a business plan. The Opportunities Fund works in partnership with organizations, including those in the private sector, to support an array of activities such as encouraging employers to hire workers with disabilities, increasing the employment skills of people with disabilities, providing work experience, and helping people start their own businesses.

In the 2008 budget, the Government of Canada announced plans to make the cost of any training that helps people cope with disabilities or disorders exempt from the goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST). The Government also plans to expand the list of GST/HST-free medical and assistive devices to include service dogs. These commitments expand on the 2007 commitments to implement the Registered Disability Savings Plan, which will help individuals save money to care for children with severe disabilities, and to introduce the $45-million Enabling Accessibility Fund, which will improve physical accessibility for people with disabilities.

These projects reflect the Government of Canada's commitment to creating a strong economy for all Canadians. Through its Advantage Canada plan, the Government is building on Canada's strengths and gaining a global competitive advantage by reducing taxes for all Canadians, increasing competition in the marketplace, and building modern infrastructure.

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BACKGROUNDER

Community Coordinator - Self-Employment Assistance Program

Community Coordinators are organizations that receive funding from Service Canada to deliver employment-related assistance through their own programming to their own clients. The Community Coordinator's programs must be similar to those run by the Employment Insurance (EI) Commission, and must develop funding guidelines that reflect those of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC).

Community Coordinators providing services under the Self-Employment Assistance program support projects aimed at helping insured participants gain the skills they need to become self-employed. Self-Employment Assistance activities include providing clients with information about the labour market, and helping them develop business concepts and business plans.

Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities

The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities finances projects that help people with disabilities prepare for and obtain employment or self-employment, and that help them develop the skills they need to maintain new employment. The Fund supports a wide range of employment activities for unemployed people with disabilities who are not usually eligible for Employment Insurance benefits under the Employment Insurance Act.

The Opportunities Fund works in partnership with organizations, including those in the private sector, to support an array of activities such as encouraging employers to hire workers with disabilities, increasing the employment skills of people with disabilities, providing work experience, and helping people start their own businesses.

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