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December 18, 2007 12:05 ET

The Government of Canada Helps People in Digby Find Work

WEYMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2007) - Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret's, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced nearly $125,000 in funding to the Digby Area Learning Association and Growth Opportunities Limited to help individuals in the Digby area prepare for, obtain, and maintain meaningful employment.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Mr. Keddy. "These projects will help Nova Scotians start their own businesses and get the skills they need to find work."

The Digby Area Learning Association will receive $94,921 in Employment Assistance Services funding to provide employment-related services to 360 unemployed Nova Scotians. Service Canada's Employment Assistance Services program supports projects aimed at helping insured participants gain the skills they need to find meaningful employment. 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.

Growth Opportunities Limited will receive $29,368 in funding through the Self-Employment Assistance program to provide information and assistance to 20 individuals interested in starting their own businesses. Service Canada's 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.

These projects reflect the Government of Canada's commitment to creating a strong economy for all Canadians. Through Advantage Canada, 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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