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February 19, 2008 16:40 ET

The Government of Canada Helps South Okanagan Residents Gain Skills and Jobs

PENTICTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2008) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla and Minister of Public Safety, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced Employment Assistance Services funding for three projects to help more than 25,000 unemployed workers in the South Okanagan and surrounding area re-enter the work force.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Minister Day. "Not only will our investment help more than 25,000 individuals in the South Okanagan area find and keep quality jobs, but it will also benefit local employers and the local economy."

WorkZone Employment Services and Resource Centre will receive $6,562,316 in funding over three years; the CBD Network will receive $777,358 in funding over two years; and the Southern Interior Construction Association will receive $244,425 in funding over two years from Service Canada's Employment Assistance Services program. Through access to job-search facilities, job-search workshops, employment counselling, information on trade-related occupations and apprenticeship programs, and employment-readiness programming and services, these projects will help local individuals gain the skills they need to find and maintain employment.

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

The Government has also taken steps to address skills shortages and promote the trades as a quality career option by funding skills-related projects and creating the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant, a taxable cash grant of $1,000 a year that is available to registered apprentices in the first two years of a Red Seal trade program.

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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.

Contact Information

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