BRANTFORD, ON, March 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is helping
promote the important contributions people with disabilities can make
to the Canadian economy. The announcement was made by Phil McColeman,
Member of Parliament for Brant, 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 address skills shortages, we must ensure that
everyone who wants to work has the opportunity to do so," said
Mr. McColeman. "People with disabilities face particular challenges
entering the job market and that's why partnerships with organizations
such as L. Tara Hooper and Associates are so important."
L. Tara Hooper and Associates Inc. is receiving over $24,000 through the
federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities to raise
awareness of the employment barriers faced by people with disabilities
and their important contribution to the Canadian workforce. On Access
Employment Day in Brantford, local employers will have the opportunity
to attend a disability awareness seminar and hear from industry leaders
on the benefits and best practices associated with hiring people with
"L. Tara Hooper and Associates Inc. is pleased to have received funding
for the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Access Employment Day event," said Lisa
Tara Hooper, President of L. Tara Hooper and Associates Inc. "Through
this event, people with disabilities and local employers will gain
valuable information that will help increase job opportunities for
people with disabilities who are capable of working and want to
participate in the labour force."
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, is investing
an additional $30 million in the Opportunities Fund to help more people
with disabilities gain the hands-on experience they need to find jobs.
The new investment will be dedicated to national projects that connect
people with disabilities with jobs in small- or medium-sized
enterprises. Some of the projects will also promote to employers the
valuable contribution that people with disabilities can make to their
businesses and the Canadian economy.
To this end, 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
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
For further information:
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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