A New Project to Help Older Workers in the Regional County Municipalities of Haute-Côte-Nord and Manicouagan

    BAIE-COMEAU, QC, May 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the
Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development,
is pleased to announce a new project to facilitate the reintegration into
employment of 24 older workers who have been laid off in the Manicouagan and
Haute-Côte-Nord Regional County Municipalities.
    The governments of Quebec and Canada will jointly contribute $355,710 to
the Prospecteurs project. Of this total amount, $183,950 will be provided to
participants as income support; and $171,760 will go to the Centre Emersion,
the project sponsor, to cover general expenses.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated,
most skilled and most flexible work force in the world, and that work force
includes older workers," said Minister Cannon. "We cannot, and must not,
overlook the experience of these workers who want to continue to contribute to
their communities and to the Canadian economy; rather, we must support them
through targeted measures."
    Minister Cannon also stated that, in Budget 2008, the Government of
Canada committed to extend the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers until
March 2012, which represents an additional investment of $90 million.
    "The last few months have been difficult for a significant number of
experienced workers who were laid off, particularly those in the forestry
sector," said Sam Hamad, Quebec Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity.
"It is of the utmost importance to redirect this skilled work force into more
promising sectors. That is what will be achieved by the project announced
today under the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers."
    To help these older workers integrate into new jobs, the sponsor will
offer them personalized and adapted support by assessing their skills to
determine how transferable they are to another sector, teaching them job
search strategies, providing them with assisted placement or coaching, and, if
necessary, making use of certain financial employment measures.
    The Canada-Quebec Agreement that enabled the implementation of the
Targeted Initiative for Older Workers was signed in the fall of 2006. The
project announced today results from this $27-million agreement, which will
expire on March 31, 2009. Seventy percent of the total funding is provided by
the federal government, and thirty percent by the Government of Quebec.

For further information:

For further information: (media only): Pema Lhalungpa, Press Secretary,
Office of Minister Solberg, (819) 994-2482; Pascal Doucet, Media Relations
Coordinator, Service Canada Communications, (514) 982-2384, ext. 2209; Media
Relations Office, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, (819)
994-5559; This news release is available in alternative formats upon request;
Visit HRSDC's new Web site at www.hrsdc.gc.ca

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