Local employment centre lands funds

Ken Boshcoff, MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River, on behalf of Lucienne Robillard, president of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, and minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, on Friday announced funding of $281,732 for an Employment Assistance Services project targeted to help 3,000 unemployed individuals in Fort Frances.
The organization that will receive this funding is Skills and Employment Source.
“The Government of Canada is proud to support projects that help unemployed individuals to return to the labour market,” said Boshcoff.
“The Employment Resource Centre will provide job-seekers in the Fort Frances area with access to the resources and services they need to find employment,” he added.
Under the project 3,000 unemployed individuals will be given access to a self-help employment resource centre, including employment and labour market information, photocopiers, fax machines, and the Internet.
Other resources for clients’ use include the Job Bank, newspapers and periodicals, training information, and résumé preparation materials.
Employment counselling and case management also will be available to clients who require one-on-one assistance.
This project is being funded through Human Resources and Skills Development Canada’s Employment Assistance Services.
This program helps unemployed individuals to prepare for, find, and keep employment by providing them with services such as counselling, job search techniques, and labour market information.
These services are available to all unemployed Canadians, whether or not they ever established a claim for Employment Insurance.
Friday’s announcement is linked to Canada’s Workplace Skills Strategy, which is aimed at helping Canadians to acquire the skills they need to find and keep meaningful and productive jobs.
The federal government recognizes that Canada’s future competitiveness depends on a highly-skilled work force and on high performance workplaces that focus on skills development.
It will work with business, unions, other levels of government, sector councils, and workers to ensure all Canadians have the opportunity to develop their skills and succeed, and employers’ needs are met.