VANCOUVER, Nov. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Wai Young, Member of Parliament for
Vancouver South, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister
of State (Social Development), today announced that children and youth
living with disabilities in Vancouver South will benefit from new and
concrete Government of Canada measures to fully and actively
participate in their communities.
"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting innovative
solutions to ensure the full participation of Canadians with
disabilities," said Minister Bergen. "I am proud our government is
contributing to an initiative that will have a positive influence in
the lives of children and youth with disabilities."
"Since 2006, through concrete and effective measures, I am proud to say
that our government has helped thousands of youth with disabilities,"
said Ms. Young. "Through our partnership with the BC Centre for
Ability, we are supporting the full participation of people with
disabilities in our society."
Through the Disability Component of the Social Development Partnerships
Program (SDPP-D), the Government supports a wide range of projects
designed to improve social inclusion and address barriers faced by
people with disabilities.
The BC Centre for Ability is receiving more than $600,000 from the
SDPP-D to develop a resource centre with a range of tools, including
information pamphlets, training resources and a new website. The Centre
will bring together a network of caregivers, childhood educators and
community service providers and provide the tools and training they
need to help children and youth develop the skills and training they
need for better and brighter futures.
"Social and emotional skills have been identified as key predictors of
academic and social success," said Angela Kwok, Executive Director, BC
Centre for Ability Association. "The resource centre project will
enable us to utilize a proactive integrated approach to enhance
families and community capacity to support the social emotional health
of children and youth with disabilities, enabling them to live active
and fulfilling lives."
Economic Action Plan 2013 strengthens federal programs for Canadians
with disabilities to help them get the skills and training they need to
prepare for and find work. Beginning in 2015-16, more Canadians with
disabilities will receive training for in-demand jobs through ongoing
support from the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. In
addition, the Government is extending the Enabling Accessibility Fund
annually to improve accessibility in facilities across Canada,
To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit actionplan.gc.ca.
The Social Development Partnerships Program-Disability Component
provides grant and contribution funding to projects and organizations
designed to increase the participation and integration of people with
disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society.
Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2013 proposes to strengthen federal
programming for Canadians with disabilities and help them get the
skills and training they need to prepare for and find work. Through EAP
2013, the Government is extending and reforming Labour Market
Agreements for Persons with Disabilities and the Opportunities Fund to
better align them to the skills employers need. The Government is also
extending the Enabling Accessibility Fund on an ongoing basis at
$15 million per year to continue to help improve accessibility for
Canadians with disabilities.
In addition, the Government invests annually to help address the needs
of Canadians with disabilities through such programs as the Registered
Disability Savings Plan, Canada Pension Plan Disability, and
post-secondary education assistance measures for students with
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
A/Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State (Social Development)
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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