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March 19, 2008 13:10 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Residents of Northern British Columbia With Disabilities Gain Skills and Jobs

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - Jay Hill, Secretary of State and Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding for CNIB to help people in northern British Columbia who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf and blind and who are unemployed 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. Hill. "Not only will our investment help 180 people with disabilities in northern British Columbia find and keep quality jobs, but it will also benefit local employers and the local economy."

The CNIB will receive $177,401 in funding under Service Canada's Employment Assistance Services program. By providing accessible job-search facilities, job-search workshops, employment counselling, and employment-readiness programming and services, this project will help people who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf and blind and who are unemployed gain the skills they need to find and maintain employment.

In the 2008 budget, the Government of Canada announced plans to make the costs of training, that help 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.

This project reflects the Government'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

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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