Powell River job seekers benefit from service shift

Eligibility requirements change for government programs

Rules for accessing government career services have become less stringent in recent months, allowing more job seekers to take advantage of counselling, wage subsidies and training schemes.

“It really blew the doors open on who can see us,” said Career Link manager Brodie D’Angio. “In the past anyone could come through our doors and use our career service area and job board, but to see a case manager and get into the services and supports, you needed to be working fewer than 20 hours a week. That was the requirement unless you had a disability.”

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In April, rules were changed to look at situations including those at risk of losing their jobs for various reasons, precarious employment, and people who work more hours but still live below the poverty line.

D’Angio said he encourages anyone interested to stop by and talk to a Career Link employee to learn more about their eligibility and the services on offer.  

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