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June 27, 2008 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Residents of Williams Lake and the Surrounding Area Get Jobs

WILLIAMS LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 27, 2008) - Four thousand unemployed residents of Williams Lake and the surrounding area will get help to re-enter the work force starting next week, thanks to a federally funded program. At the same time, local employers facing labour shortages will have greater access to potential new employees. Dick Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo-Prince George, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, most flexible work force in the world," said Mr. Harris. "Not only will this funding help residents of Williams Lake and the surrounding area who need employment and career help, but it will also help local employers and the local economy."

Horton Ventures Inc. will receive $1,226,422 in funding from Service Canada's Employment Assistance Services program to provide employment counselling, employment-related workshops, and information on the labour market to help individuals gain the tools they need to re-enter the work force.

"We are very pleased to welcome MP Harris to help mark the opening of this facility," said Anny Horton, President, Horton Ventures Inc. "The funding we receive will allow us to provide employment services to unemployed people in the Williams Lake area starting July 2."

This project reflects 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 creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world, 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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