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NDP MLA Mancini calls for review of Career Seek Program

March 23, 2016


For Immediate Release

March 23, 2016

NDP MLA Mancini calls for review of Career Seek Program

NDP MLA Marian Mancini, Community Services Critic, is calling on the McNeil government to review the efficacy of the Employment Support and Income Assistance program Career Seek. Today at Public Accounts Committee, Mancini questioned the Department of Community Services on why the only program available to individuals on Income Assistance to attend post-secondary educational programs is so under-utilized.

According to the Department of Community Services’ own information, obtained through a Freedom of Information request, only 5 individuals receiving Income Assistance have been approved to participate in the Career Seek program since 2014.

“Education is one of the most meaningful ways to break the cycle of poverty and it is concerning and unfortunate to see so few Nova Scotians on Income Assistance being able to access this vital program,” Mancini said. “In Nova Scotia, almost 70% of the Income Assistance recipients are single people, many of whom are under the age of 34. Surely more than 5 people in this demographic alone would benefit from attending a post-secondary educational program,” Mancini added.

Mancini is also writing to the Provincial Ombudsman asking them to assist with the review of the Career Seek program.

 

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For more information contact:

Emily Reid

902-476-0883

emilyreid@novascotia.ca