September 13, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW GLASGOW, Nova Scotia — The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Member of Parliament for Central Nova , on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced over $1.3 million in Employment Assistance Services funding over three years for the Career Connections Society, which will help people in and around New Glasgow and Pictou County find and maintain employment .
“Canada’s New Government is dedicated to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible workforce in the world,” said Minister MacKay. “This funding reflects our commitment to fostering economic growth in all parts of this great country, and to promoting a more competitive, more productive economy while seeking to improve opportunity for all Canadians.”
The Career Connections Society will receive $1,363,561 in funding to provide self-help and assisted employment and outreach services, as well as enhanced employment services, to unemployed individuals in Pictou County so that they can more fully participate in the labour market. Career Connections is located at 52 Mountain Road in New Glasgow. This project is one of many services funded through Service Canada to help people find jobs.
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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.
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.