EDMUNSTON, NB, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada will be
helping people with disabilities in the Edmundston area gain the skills
they need to find a job. The announcement was made today by the
Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and
Northern Development and MP for Madawaska-Restigouche, on behalf of the
Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills
"People with disabilities face special challenges entering the job
market and that's why partnerships with organizations like Atelier
Tournesol are so important. Our government's top priorities are job
creation and economic growth. To support Canada's long-term prosperity,
we must ensure that everyone who wants to work has the opportunity,"
said Minister Valcourt.
Atelier Tournesol is receiving over $79,000 from the federal
Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities to help people with
disabilities overcome obstacles to employment.
Participants will attend skill-development workshops on topics such as
effective communication, résumé writing and preparing for interviews.
They will also get work experience, supervised by an instructor, where
they will be able to apply the techniques and strategies learned during
the workshops. All these activities are aimed at enabling participants
to obtain or retain suitable employment.
"We would like to thank Minister Valcourt for the commitment he has
shown and the energy he has devoted to the integration of people who
face obstacles to employment," said Danny Bérubé, the executive
director of Atelier Tournesol. "This program will help them to improve
their employability skills and acquire the tools they need to enter the
workforce. Those who are the most disadvantaged welcome the opportunity
to make a difference in society and have a sense of belonging."
Canadians with disabilities have a tremendous amount to offer employers,
but they remain under-represented in the workforce. That is why, in
Economic Action Plan 2013, the federal government proposes to maintain
ongoing funding at $40 million per year for the Opportunities Fund for
Persons with Disabilities, starting in 2015-2016, to help more people
with disabilities train for in-demand jobs. Employers and community
organizations will be involved in project design and delivery.
Economic Action Plan 2013 introduces other measures to assist persons
with disabilities, including a new generation of Labour Market
Agreements for Persons with Disabilities, extending funding to the
Enabling Accessibility Fund to improve accessibility to facilities, and
research on the labour market participation of people with
In addition, Economic Action Plan 2012 announced the creation of a Panel
on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. The Panel
identified private sector successes and best practices in employing,
retaining and accommodating Canadians with disabilities in the
workforce, and better connecting these workers with potential
employers. Based on the Panel's recommendations, Economic Action Plan
2013 proposes to provide a $2 million investment to support the
creation of a Canadian forum for employers on disability to facilitate
education, training and the sharing of resources and best practices on
the hiring and retention of people with disabilities.
The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities assists people with disabilities to prepare for, obtain and retain
employment or become self-employed.
For more information or to submit a project, consult the following site:
In Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government of Canada proposes new
measures to connect Canadians with available jobs and equip them with
the skills and training they need. These measures include the Canada
Job Grant, creating job opportunities for apprentices and providing
support to under-represented groups, including people with
disabilities, Aboriginal people, newcomers and youth.
Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes the following measures:
introducing a new generation of Labour Market Agreements for Persons
with Disabilities with an investment of $222 million per year to better
meet the employment needs of Canadian businesses and improve the
employment prospects for people with disabilities;
expanding the scope of the Enabling Accessibility Fund by increasing its
funding to $15 million per year to support capital costs of
construction and renovations to improve accessibility to facilities for
persons with disabilities, including workplace accommodation; and
funding of $7 million per year for the Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) to support research related to
labour market participation of persons with disabilities and other
SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan
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For more information, contact:
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and
Skills Development Canada
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