ESSEX, ON, May 17, 2013 /CNW/ - People living with disabilities in the
Windsor-Essex region will benefit from a new project designed to meet
their growing needs and support them in achieving their full potential.
The announcement was made today by Jeff Watson, Member of Parliament
for Essex, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human
Resources and Skills Development.
"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 Mr. Watson. "Through our
partnership with the Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association
(WETRA), we are improving the participation of people with disabilities
in our society."
WETRA is receiving more than $596,000 in federal government funding, for
a project designed to encourage people with disabilities to participate
in therapeutic horseback riding lessons. This, in turn, will help them
build confidence and socialize with a wider range of people, leading to
healthier and more fulfilling lives.
In partnership with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association and the
Canadian Paralympic Committee, WETRA will also be promoting awareness
of therapeutic riding across the country. Founded more than 40 years
ago, the Association was the first organization in Canada to offer
horseback riding therapy to people with disabilities.
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. The
Government also proposes to extend 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.
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 jobs.
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 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 would support
research related to the labour market participation of people with
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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