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December 07, 2007 16:35 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Residents of Kelowna and the Surrounding Area Gain Skills and Jobs

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2007) - Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced Employment Assistance Services funding for the Okanagan Educational Centre to help unemployed workers in Kelowna and the surrounding area prepare for, obtain, and maintain jobs.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Mr. Cannan. "Our partnership with the Okanagan Educational Centre will help more than 180 individuals in the Kelowna area find and keep quality jobs."

The Okanagan Educational Centre's Work Search Strategies program will receive $212,598 in funding through Service Canada's Employment Assistance Services program. Through job-search workshops and employment-readiness programming and services, this project will help more than 180 individuals gain the skills they need to find and maintain employment.

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BACKGROUNDER

Employment Assistance Services

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.

This 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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