GATINEAU, QC, March 27, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney,
Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Jody
Carr, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, today
signed a memorandum of understanding on a new generation of Labour
Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities (LMAPDs).
The new LMAPDs help Canadians with disabilities get jobs and better meet
the needs of Canadian businesses. Under this agreement, the Government
of Canada will provide over $5.9 million per year to New Brunswick, a
contribution that will be matched by the province.
As announced in the Economic Action Plan, this new generation of LMAPDs
represents a federal investment of $222 million per year in the
provinces and territories. This will allow provinces and territories
flexibility to determine how to best address the needs of Canadians
with disabilities, while helping Canadian businesses benefit from their
skills and talent. With mandatory employer involvement and better
reporting of outcomes, the new LMAPDs will better connect Canadians
with disabilities with available jobs.
As part of the Government of Canada's plan for job creation, economic
growth and long-term prosperity, the new generation of LMAPDs will help
connect Canadians with available jobs in their area.
Approximately 800,000 working-age Canadians with disabilities who are
able to work are not currently doing so. Almost half, or 340,000, of
these individuals have some post-secondary education.
Currently, LMAPDs allow provinces and territories to fund over 100
programs, which provide over 300,000 interventions per year.
Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes new measures to support Canadians
with disabilities, such as:
$15 million over three years to the Ready, Willing & Able initiative of
the Canadian Association for Community Living; and
$11.4 million over four years to support the expansion of vocational
training programs for Canadians with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity. Through the Labour Market Agreements for Persons
with Disabilities, we are helping Canadians with disabilities gain the
skills and experience they need to find jobs, while giving employers
access to a better and larger pool of talented employees. Our
government is very pleased that New Brunswick has committed to
participate in this new generation of agreements to help people with
disabilities get jobs in their area."
- The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social
"Our government's top priority is jobs and the economy. This memorandum
of understanding will help us continue delivering targeted, successful
and proven programs for persons with disabilities that will better lead
to real jobs for real pay. We are building an inclusive province where
all persons have the opportunity to succeed in the labour market. By
working with community partners, employers and the federal government
we are well positioned to provide more job opportunities for citizens
with disabilities. Today's announcement is the result of incredible
collaboration and commitment."
- The Honourable Jody Carr, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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