CALGARY, Nov. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is proudly
partnering with social enterprise business Meticulon to give Canadians
with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) greater access to training and
employment opportunities. The Honourable Mike Lake, Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of Industry and Member of Parliament for
Edmonton-Mill Woods-Beaumont, made the announcement today on behalf of
the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development).
"The Government of Canada, through Economic Action Plan 2013, introduced
key measures to improve life outcomes for Canadians with disabilities,
children, families and other vulnerable Canadians.We are committed to
exploring new ways to find effective, concrete solutions for those
facing these challenges by working with innovative not-for-profit
organizations and forward-thinking businesses," said Mr. Lake. "The
Autism Calgary Association and its social enterprise business,
Meticulon, are developing fresh and innovative solutions in their
community and we are proud to support them in their efforts to achieve
real results for Canadians with autism."
The Autism Calgary Association is receiving more than $1.2 million in
federal funding for its With Precision: Autism Advantage Meticulon
project that will recruit, train and employ people with ASD over the
next five years. This project is the result of a new partnership
between our government, the Autism Calgary Association and the Sinneave
Family Foundation. Together with its partners, the association will
ensure the Meticulon social enterprise is viable and increases job opportunities for people
"Thanks to support from the Government of Canada, the Autism Calgary
Association's social enterprise is able to challenge conventional
approaches to supporting individuals with autism. This initiative is
the launching pad for its social enterprise business, Meticulon
Consulting," said Garth Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Meticulon.
"In launching Meticulon Consulting in July of this year, we started the
process of matching the invaluable talents and skills of individuals
with Autism Spectrum Disorder to fulfill niche business needs in
Canada's technology, energy and related sectors. This will help
individuals with autism engage in meaningful employment and will also
demonstrate that these individuals with autism can contribute towards a
positive and enabling work environment, increased productivity and
improved business results."
This project is possible because of the Government of Canada's Social
Partnerships Strategy, which encourages innovation, community-based
partnerships and a better use of resources to tackle complex social
Economic Action Plan 2013 reinforces the need to bring partners together
to find innovative approaches to local challenges, such as building
partnerships across sectors and leveraging new ideas and sources of
Social Development Partnerships Program
The Social Development Partnerships Program (SDPP) is a grant and
contribution program that supports investment in not-for-profit
organizations to help improve life outcomes for people with
disabilities, children and families, and other vulnerable populations.
The SDPP has two core components: Children & Families and Disabilities. The program also provides the funding authority to support the Prime
Minister's Volunteer Awards program, which recognizes the "enormous
contribution volunteers make to Canada."
SDPP objectives are to:
support the development and utilization of effective approaches to
address social issues and challenges;
develop, exchange and apply knowledge, tools and resources that address
social needs of individuals, families and communities;
foster partnerships and networks to address existing and emerging social
recognize and support the ability of not-for-profit organizations to
identify and address social development priorities; and
recognize and promote community engagement initiatives (e.g.
volunteerism, corporate social responsibility, innovation by
not-for-profit organizations, partnerships, coalitions) that mobilize
community assets and develop capacities and resources for action.
Social enterprise is the use of business strategies by both for-profit
and not-for-profit organizations to achieve a social good. This
emerging business model is helping to increase the financial strength
of community organizations by providing an alternate source of revenue
to tackle complex social problems.
Social enterprises invest in change and adopt new approaches for greater
organizational resilience, provide services to diverse communities,
include people who are excluded, and address social problems.
The Government of Canada's support of social enterprise will enhance a
culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, while sharing risk and
responsibility. Through a social enterprise, a not-for-profit
organization can advance its mission, fill a market need in its
community and provide opportunities for its client base to participate
For more information on the SDPP, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan
For further information:
A/Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State (Social Development)
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development
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