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March 26, 2008 17:10 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Vernon-Area Residents Gain Skills and Jobs

VERNON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Shuswap, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding to help unemployed workers and youth at risk in the Vernon area gain skills and jobs.

"Our government believes that when individuals are able to update their skills and knowledge, they'll have more success in entering the labour force or returning to school. Today, it brings me pleasure to announce an investment for a project that achieves these goals," said Mr. Mayes. "Our investment will allow the Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) of the North Okanagan to help more than 2,200 unemployed individuals and young people in the Vernon region."

CFDC will help people from the Vernon area develop the life and employability skills they need to enter the labour force or return to school. Participants in the program will become more employable by completing a range of tasks and activities, both in a classroom setting and during short-term work placements.

The Government of Canada is committing $1,110,534 from the Employment Assistance Services program, and $368,344 through Skills Link, one of Canada's youth-employment programs. The Skills Link and Employment Assistance Services programs involve employers, community organizations, and other levels of government in ensuring that unemployed workers and young people have the opportunity to develop their skills and become contributing members of their communities.

This project reflects 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.

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BACKGROUNDER

Skills Link

The Skills Link program is one of three Government of Canada programs that help young Canadians (aged 15 to 30) obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs, and stay employed. The two other programs are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus.

Skills Link focuses on helping young people who face barriers to employment. These young people include high school drop-outs, single parents, Aboriginal youth, young people with disabilities, youth in rural areas, and recent immigrants. Summer Work Experience helps secondary and post-secondary students find summer jobs. Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates develop advanced skills and find careers in their fields. All three programs provide a range of activities that can be tailored to meet individual needs.

Projects funded under the Skills Link program have been reviewed to ensure compliance with the Department's administration of its grants and contributions programs, and are subject to review under the Financial Administration Act.

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 résumés, 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.

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