Government of Canada

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Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

March 14, 2008 15:00 ET

The Governments of Canada and Quebec Support Projects That Will Help Approximately 200 Laid-off Older Workers in the Monteregie Region Find new Jobs

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 14, 2008) - Federal Member of Parliament for Lotbiniere-Chutes-de-la-Chaudiere, Mr. Jacques Gourde, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and Ms. Lucie Charlebois, Member of the National Assembly for Soulanges, on behalf of Mr. Sam Hamad, Quebec Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, today announced in Valleyfield six new projects to help approximately 200 laid-off older workers in the Monteregie region find new employment.

The six projects represent a total joint investment of close to $1.7 million. The announcement was made under the Canada-Quebec Targeted Initiative for Older Workers Agreement, which was signed in the fall of 2006. This agreement provides for an investment of $27 million over two years by the governments of Canada and Quebec to support more than 3,500 older workers affected by plant closings or downsizing, especially in the manufacturing sector.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled and most flexible work force in the world, and that work force includes older workers. We cannot, and must not, overlook the experience of these workers who only want to continue contributing to their communities and to the Canadian economy," said Mr. Gourde.

"In recent months, a large number of experienced workers in the manufacturing sector have been laid off. It is essential to redirect this qualified work force toward promising sectors. The six projects announced today as part of the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers will help to do just that," said Ms. Charlebois.

In total, six projects submitted by four sponsors were accepted in the Monteregie region under the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers. Vision Travail will carry out three projects, thereby providing re-employment assistance to 80 older workers in the regional county municipalities (RCM) of Beauharnois Salaberry, des Jardins-de-Napierville and Haut Saint-Laurent. The Orientheque will assist 35 older workers in the RCM of Bas-Richelieu in their efforts to find employment. Action Emploi will support 35 experienced workers in the RCM of Acton and the Service externe de main-d'oeuvre of Granby and region will help 32 workers in the RCM of Brome-Missisquoi return to work.

The sponsors will offer personalized, adapted support to these older workers by assessing their skills to determine how transferable they are to another sector of activity. The sponsors will also teach them job search strategies and provide them with assisted placement or peer mentoring to help them find new employment.

The Canada-Quebec Targeted Initiative for Older Workers Agreement was signed in the fall of 2006. The six projects announced today result from this $27-million agreement, which will expire on March 31, 2009. Seventy per cent of the total funding is provided by the federal government and thirty per cent by the Government of Quebec.

Mr. Gourde also pointed out that in Budget 2008, the Government of Canada announced new measures to help older workers. In particular, it will invest $90 million to extend the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers to March 2012, and $60 million to enhance the Guaranteed Income Supplement program.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Hamad
    Alexandre Boucher
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Solberg
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office