The Government of Canada Helps Langley-Area Residents Gain Skills and Jobs
LANGLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(March 27, 2008) – Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley, 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 Langley area get 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. Warawa. “Our investment will allow the Mission Community Skills Centre Society to assist close to 600 individuals in the Langley area who face barriers to employment and who need skills, knowledge, and experience to find a good job or to go back to school.”
Funding will be provided to three programs at the Mission Community Skills Centre Society: the Career Zone Langley program will receive $375,360 to help at least 150 individuals; the Job Search Service will receive $344,651 to help at least 400 individuals; and the Express to Success program will receive $332,446 to help 40 young people.
In keeping with the Government of Canada’s commitment to create a strong economy for all Canadians, these 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.
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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 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.
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