WHITEHORSE, YT, Feb. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadians with disabilities in
Yukon will be better equipped with the skills and experience they need
to get jobs through a new federal-territorial agreement announced today
by the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social
Development, and the Honourable Elaine Taylor, Minister of Education
Yukon is the first jurisdiction to sign on to the new Labour Market
Agreements for Persons with Disabilities (LMAPDs), which are designed
to improve employment prospects for Canadians with disabilities and
better meet the needs of Canadian businesses. This is also the first
time that these agreements have been available to the territories. The
LMAPDs are the Government of Canada's single largest investment in
helping Canadians with disabilities get jobs.
Under this agreement, the Government of Canada will provide $1.25
million per year to Yukon, a contribution that will be matched by the
As announced in the Economic Action Plan, this new generation of LMAPDs
represents an investment of $222 million per year by the Government of
Canada 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.
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 to fund over 300 000 interventions per
year through over 100 programs.
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 this agreement with Yukon, we are helping
Canadians with disabilities gain the skills and experience they need to
find jobs, while giving employers better access to a pool of talented
employees. Our government is very pleased that Yukon is the first of
Canada's provinces and territories to sign on to this new generation of
agreements to help Yukoners with disabilities get jobs in their area."
- The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social
Development and Minister for Multiculturalism
"Ensuring all Yukoners, including persons with disabilities, are able to
participate in the labour market and have access to the skills training
that employers require is a priority for the Yukon government. This new
agreement reflects the importance of partnerships between governments,
employers and community organizations to develop and promote education
and training programs to support persons with disabilities and improve
their employment outcomes."
- The Honourable Elaine Taylor, Minister of Education, Government of Yukon
"This agreement will help Canadians with disabilities in the Yukon get
jobs, provide for their families, and further contribute to our economy
and community. With today's agreement our government is creating jobs
and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities and helping employers
get the skilled workers they are looking for."
- Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament for Yukon
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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