Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 03, 2009 13:08 ET

Wasaga Beach Service Canada Site Opens to Better Serve Residents

SIMCOE COUNTY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 3, 2009) - Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women) and Member of Parliament for Simcoe-Grey, announced today the official opening of the Wasaga Beach Service Canada Scheduled Outreach site.

Minister Guergis made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"The Government of Canada is providing more Canadians than ever with greater access to federal programs and services through Service Canada Outreach sites," said Minister Guergis. "Each day we are helping citizens learn more about what the Government of Canada can do for them."

Service Canada, in partnership with the Town of Wasaga Beach, now has a Scheduled Outreach Site in the Town Hall at 30 Lewis Street, Wasaga Beach, Ontario. The Town has provided space for knowledgeable and helpful Service Canada staff to provide in-person services to citizens in Wasaga Beach on Wednesdays between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm.

Since the Simcoe County area is identified as having a high population of seniors, opening this site will provide a convenient location for them and other citizens to access service. Service offerings of particular interest to seniors will be provided, such as Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security, in addition to Pleasure Craft Licenses, Employment Insurance Benefits and Social Insurance Numbers.

As part of the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, Service Canada is committed to improving access to services, especially during these challenging times. Service Canada is the Government of Canada's one-stop service delivery network, giving citizens access to a range of federal services through 1 800 O-Canada (1 800 622-6232), TTY: 1 800 926-9105, online at www.servicecanada.gc.ca, or in-person services at over 600 points of service in communities throughout Canada.


BACKGROUNDER

Service Canada is the Government of Canada's one-stop service delivery network, giving citizens access to a range of federal services through 1 800 O-Canada (1 800 622-6232), TTY: 1 800 926-9105, online at www.servicecanada.gc.ca, or in-person services at over 600 points of service in communities throughout Canada.

Through Outreach Services, Service Canada is committed to providing service in the communities where clients live, and offering Canadians greater access to Government of Canada information and services in areas that are under-served.

Wasaga Beach is the latest community in Ontario to receive outreach services to assist residents in accessing Government of Canada benefits and programs.

What are Scheduled Outreach Services?

Service Canada representatives travel to communities on a scheduled basis to assist where there is a need. Scheduled Outreach Services visit communities on a regular, part-time basis.

Service Canada in partnership with the Town of Wasaga Beach now has a Scheduled Outreach Site in the Town Hall at 30 Lewis Street, Wasaga Beach, Ontario. The Town has provided space for knowledgeable and helpful Service Canada staff to provide in-person services to citizens in Wasaga Beach on Wednesdays between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

What services are available?

Information on the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, Employment Insurance Benefits, Social Insurance Numbers and other services (as listed on the www.servicecanada.gc.ca) will be available to citizens to the site, as well as, access to the Service Canada Internet and 1 800 O Canada information line.

Service Canada staff are available to answer questions and guide visitors through government Internet sites and forms, helping them better understand and access the services and benefits available to them. Regional outreach services are designed in consultation with individual communities to respond to their particular needs.

This news release is available in alternative formats on request.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    National Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559