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March 14, 2008 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada Announces Federal Investments in Labrador

LABRADOR, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - March 14, 2008) - In advance of his scheduled speaking engagement with the Combined Councils of Labrador, the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador, announced that the Government of Canada will provide funding to help individuals in Labrador gain work experience, explore career options, and find work. The Minister made the announcement 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, and most flexible work force in the world," said Minister Hearn. "These projects will help more than 500 Labradorians who face barriers to employment get the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to find work."

In total, the Government of Canada will provide more than $266,659 in funding.

The Southern Labrador Development Association will receive $105,188 through Service Canada's Employment Assistance Services program. The Association will help more than 480 individuals in the area from L'Anse-au-Clair to Red Bay find and maintain meaningful employment by providing access to job-search facilities and employment-readiness services.

Under the Targeted Wage Subsidies program, Labrador Industrial Solutions will receive $29,800, Riteway Construction will receive $17,389, Community Youth Network - L'Anse-au-Loup will receive $12,162, and Moulder of Dreams will receive $20,600 in funding. These projects will provide five individuals with meaningful work experiences that will help them achieve their future career goals.

The Community Business Development Corporation will receive $63,520 through the Self-Employment Assistance program. This funding will enable the organization to help 17 individuals develop business plans and explore self-employment as a viable career option.

Labrador Quality Furs will receive $18,000 through the Skills Link - Individual Work Experience program. This project will provide one young person with an opportunity to enhance his or her employability and occupational skills through a meaningful, on-the-job work experience.

These projects reflect 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 developing a global competitive advantage by reducing taxes for all Canadians, increasing competition in the marketplace, and building modern infrastructure.

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BACKGROUND

Employment Assistance Services

The Employment Assistance Services (EAS) program supports projects aimed at helping insured participants gain the skills they need to find meaningful employment. 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.

Self-Employment Assistance

The Self-Employment Assistance program supports projects aimed at helping insured participants gain the skills they need to become self-employed. Self-Employment Assistance activities include providing clients with information about the labour market, and helping them develop business concepts and business plans.

Targeted Wage Subsidies

Targeted Wage Subsidies are an employment benefit that provides funding to employers to encourage them to hire Employment Insurance-eligible individuals whom they would not usually hire without a subsidy. The Targeted Wage Subsidies program helps unemployed individuals enhance their skills and improve their employability. The expectation is that the subsidy will lead to a permanent job, either with the employer or with another employer.

Skills Link - Individual Work Experience

Skills Link - Individual Work Experience activities provide youth with opportunities to work with employers to develop and enhance employability and occupational skills through practical, on-the-job experience. Work experience can be arranged on an individual or group basis.

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