October 4, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GRAND FORKS, British Columbia — Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan–Shuswap , on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced more than $1 million in funding over three years for an Employment Assistance Services project with the Community Futures Development Corporation of Boundary Area. The project is designed to help individuals looking for work .
“Canada’s New Government is proud to support community organizations that help unemployed individuals find work,” said Mr. Mayes. “Not only will this project help 9000 people over three years in the Grand Forks area who require employment and career assistance, but it will also benefit local employers and the local economy. ”
The Community Futures Development Corporation of Boundary Area will provide employment-related information and services such as counselling and case management for up to 9,000 individuals over the next three years in Beaverdell, Bridesville, Christian Valley, Christina Lake, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Midway, Rock Creek, Westbridge and surrounding areas. 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.