Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 16, 2009 12:07 ET

Government of Canada Employment Program Supports Unemployed in Nova Scotia

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - June 16, 2009) - A local employment project will receive Government of Canada support to provide two unemployed Nova Scotians with experience in heritage property restoration. Mr. Greg Kerr, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for West Nova, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that all Canadians have the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Kerr. "Our government is proud to support projects like this one, which help Nova Scotians develop the skills and experience they need to get jobs and make a positive contribution to their communities."

Renaissance Property Services will receive $11,520 through the Government of Canada's Targeted Wage Subsidies program. This funding will allow the company to offer two Employment Insurance-eligible individuals the opportunity to gain skills and experience in historical renovation projects.

"With a growing demand for our services, it's important that we have staff with the skills necessary to perform the job," said Mr. Sefton Squires, Owner of Renaissance Property Services. "This funding means that we can take on two trainees to teach them about restoring heritage properties. We look forward to expanding our team of experienced heritage construction professionals."

The federal government is working in partnership with the provinces and territories and other stakeholders to make sure that Canadians get the training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the workforce and contribute to the quality of life in their communities.

The Targeted Wage Subsidies program offers participants valuable work experience, and is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. The Government underscored this commitment in January when it introduced Canada's Economic Action Plan, a key component of which is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development.

Currently, the program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and benefits. For more information about this program, call 1-800-O-Canada, go on the Internet at or visit your local Service Canada Centre.

Under the Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Development Agreement, effective July 1, 2009, the Province will assume responsibility for the design and delivery of Employment Insurance-funded Employment Benefits and Support Measures. The Government of Canada will provide funding directly to the Province to deliver these programs.

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With a focus on superior workmanship and customer service, Renaissance Property Services provides construction trade services for new and heritage properties throughout Nova Scotia. Between June 1, 2009, and December 26, 2009, the company will provide two unemployed individuals with the opportunity to gain experience and skills renovating heritage properties. The skills developed through this opportunity should lead to ongoing employment with the company for both participants.

The Targeted Wage Subsidies program supports projects that create opportunities for unemployed people who are eligible for Employment Insurance to enhance their skills and improve their employability. The program provides employers with financial assistance toward the wages of the eligible individuals they hire.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office