VANCOUVER, April 2, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is providing
support for people with disabilities in the Lower Mainland to help them
integrate into the workforce. The announcement was made by Wai Young,
Member of Parliament for Vancouver South, on behalf of the Honourable
Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity. To support Canada's long term prosperity, we must
ensure that everyone who wants to work has the opportunity," said
Ms. Young. "People with disabilities face particular challenges
entering the job market and that's why partnerships with organizations
like the BC Centre for Ability are so important."
The BC Centre for Ability will help people with disabilities connect
with job opportunities or return to school thanks to over $4,500,000
provided through the federal Opportunities Fund. Through educational
and work experience opportunities, the 535 project participants will
develop the necessary job skills to obtain meaningful employment. They
will also receive financial assistance as required for expenses such as
tuition fees, transportation and daycare costs for the duration of the
"We are delighted and extremely appreciative of the Government of
Canada's ongoing support to assist people with disabilities to maximize
their skills and secure gainful employment," said Angela Kwok,
Executive Director, BC Centre for Ability. "This funding will help to
create an inclusive workforce, enabling Canadians with disabilities to
maximize their potential and independence."
Canadians with disabilities have a tremendous amount to offer employers,
but they remain under-represented in the workforce. That is why the
Government of Canada, through Economic Action Plan 2012, invested an
additional $30 million in the Opportunities Fund to help more people
with disabilities gain the hands-on experience they need to find jobs.
Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes to maintain ongoing funding at
$40 million per year, starting in 2015-16 for the Opportunities Fund
for Persons with Disabilities. The program will also be reformed to
provide more demand-driven training solutions for persons with
disabilities and make it more responsive to labour market needs.
Employers and community organizations will be involved in project
design and delivery.
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 regarding
employing, retaining and accommodating Canadians with disabilities in
the workforce, and better connecting these workers with potential
employers. The Panel also identified barriers to employing people with
disabilities. Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes to provide a
time-limited $2 million investment to support the creation of the
Canadian Employers Disability Forum, as recommended by the Panel. This
initiative is led by a number of Canadian businesses.
The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities assists people with disabilities to prepare for, obtain and keep
employment or become self-employed. The Government of Canada invests
$30 million annually through this program to connect individuals with
the skills and work experience needed to participate fully in the
For more information, or to propose a project, visit servicecanada.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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