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Community development groups "fed up" with HRSDC contracting.

VANCOUVER -- "Members of our association who work with. HRSDC are fed up with contracting procedures that add unneeded costs and create barriers and inefficiencies to assisting people to become self-sufficient in their local communities." The Canadian Community Economic Development Network is calling for a comprehensive overhaul of contracting procedures at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada "Things have to change," asserts David LePage, Chair of the Network's National Policy Council. Key problems identified in the CCEDNet review of the problems include:

* Micromanagement and accounting requirements that create substantial bureaucracy taking time and energy away from creating real outcomes for people.

* Increasingly restrictive program criteria that prevent the development of flexible responses to changing local needs and opportunities.

* "Silo" funding that prevents integrated strategies and partnerships in communities to address the range of unemployed people's needs to get and maintain jobs.

* Short-term contracting arrangements that are undermining and fragmenting the capacity of non profit organizations and the communities they serve.

* Regulations that prevent not-for-profit organizations generating revenues to reinvest in their programs and services.

"HRSDC is losing the services of those organizations best equipped to create employment and training opportunities for those most in need," says LePage. "We need to place value on local innovation, assets and actual outcomes for people community."

CCEDNet is a national association of non-profit organizations that work to address the social, economic and environmental needs of communities. They help people to secure the knowledge, skills and other supports they need to find, create and keep employment.

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Title Annotation:General; Human Resources and Skills Development Canada; Canadian Community Economic Development Network
Publication:Community Action
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Feb 21, 2005
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