HALIFAX, Jan. 15, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is helping
Canadians with disabilities develop the skills and experience they need
to find jobs. The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social
Development), today announced an investment of over $1.1 million in
Saint Mary's University's Sobey School Business Development Centre, for
a project that will give Canadians with disabilities in Nova Scotia,
New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island the opportunity to work in local
businesses applying their skills in jobs that match their education.
The project will also raise awareness among employers of the valuable
contributions that Canadians with disabilities can make to the
workforce and the economy.
Since 2006, the Opportunities Fund has helped over 34 600 people with
disabilities across Canada.
Economic Action Plan 2013 is maintaining increased funding for the
Opportunities Fund so more Canadians with disabilities can train for
jobs in high-demand fields.
The Government provides $222 million annually to the provinces and
territories through Labour Market Agreements for Persons with
Disabilities to help Canadians with disabilities develop skills, find
employment, and contribute to our economy.
"Our government is committed to ensuring that those who want to work can
work. This includes Canadians with disabilities. Through this
initiative, the Saint Mary's University Sobey School Business
Development Centre will help these individuals overcome barriers and
gain work experience with companies that would benefit from their
skills and talents."
Minister of State (Social Development)
"We are proud to deliver this project that will allow participants with
disabilities to develop advanced and essential skills and create
long-term employment opportunities for them, while helping employers to
grow their businesses through wage subsidies. Our staff and mentors
will support participants to help them overcome challenges and succeed
in their work."
Manager, Skills Development and Training
Saint Mary's University, Sobey School Business Development Center
"We are proud to participate in this project, which helps foster and
keep local talent in Nova Scotia. The project is a great example of
what collaboration between private sector, federal government and local
educational institutions can provide for on-the-job training for
persons with disabilities. We are an equal opportunity employer and we
are very excited to be a part of this initiative to support and train
the next generation of leaders."
President and CEO, SimplyCast
The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities helps Canadians with disabilities to prepare for, obtain and keep
employment or become self-employed.
To further help Canadians with disabilities in the workforce, the
maintaining ongoing funding of $40 million per year to the Opportunities
Fund starting in 2015-2016 to help more people with disabilities train
for jobs in high-demand fields;
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 employment
prospects for people with disabilities;
extending the Enabling Accessibility Fund on an ongoing basis at $15
million per year to improve accessibility in facilities across Canada,
including workplaces; and
providing 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
Economic Action Plan 2013 introduced other measures to connect Canadians
with available jobs and equip them with the skills and training they
need. These include the Canada Job Grant, creating opportunities for
apprentices and providing support to under-represented groups,
including people with disabilities, Aboriginal people, newcomers and
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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