MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 15, 2013 /CNW/ - People living with and caring for
others with Tourette syndrome will benefit from increased support aimed
at bridging gaps in information and services available to them. The
announcement was made today by the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of
State (Sports) and Member of Parliament for Bramalea-Gore-Malton, on
behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and
"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting innovative
solutions that help remove barriers to the social and economic
inclusion of people with disabilities," said Minister of State Gosal.
"Through our partnership with the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of
Canada, people with disabilities will have access to improved
The Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada is receiving more than
$717,000 in federal government funding, which it will use to create a
virtual network that offers information, learning groups and resources,
access to trained volunteers and psycho-social support, and connections
with others living with Tourette syndrome in Canada. Canadians living
with Tourette syndrome, their families and caregivers, and service
providers will have access to information and support that supplement
available resources at any time, from anywhere in the country.
The Foundation is a national voluntary organization dedicated to
improving the quality of life for those with or who are affected by
Tourette syndrome through education and advocacy programs, research and
Through the Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability
Component (SDPP-D), the Government provides $11 million annually in
support of a wide range of projects designed to improve social
inclusion and tackle barriers faced by people with disabilities.
Economic Action Plan 2013 introduced an investment of $222 million per
year to better meet the employment needs of Canadian businesses and
improve employment prospects for people with disabilities. Furthermore,
the Government proposes to maintain ongoing funding at $40 million per
year for the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, starting
in 2015-16, to help more people with disabilities train for in-demand
The Government is also extending the Enabling Accessibility Fund at a
level of $15 million per year to support the capital costs of
construction and renovations to improve physical accessibility for
people with disabilities, including workplace accommodation.
For more information on the SDPP-D, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/disability.
The Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component
(SDPP-D) provides grant and contribution funding to projects and
organizations designed to improve the participation and integration of
people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society.
SDPP-D will be transformed by moving towards a more competitive model
and introducing new program priorities and requirements. The
transformation of this Program is part of government-wide efforts to
modernize grant and contribution funding, maximize the impact of
federal spending and increase transparency. Although aspects of the
SDPP-D will change, the program will continue to exist with the same
objectives—namely, to work in partnership with social not-for-profit
organizations to improve outcomes for people with disabilities—and with
the same funding level of $11 million per year.
The Government recognizes that the transformation represents a
significant change for some organizations. For this reason, the
transformation elements are being phased in over a three-year period.
Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes new measures to help address the
needs of people with disabilities:
The introduction of 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.
Extending the Enabling Accessibility Fund at a level of $15 million per
year to support the capital costs of construction and renovations to
improve physical accessibility for people with disabilities, including
Additional funding of $7 million per year for the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada, some of which will support
research related to the labour market participation of people with
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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