BURNABY, BC, Jan. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is helping
Canadians with disabilities develop the skills and experience they need
to find jobs. The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social
Development) today announced that thanks to the Opportunities Fund for
Persons with Disabilities, the Neil Squire Society will help Canadians
with disabilities to get the skills they need to get and keep jobs.
The Neil Squire Society's project will provide support to Canadians from
British Columbia, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Projects in British Columbia and Saskatchewan will include Aboriginal
and rural participants, helping them gain access to more inclusive
Through work experience with small and medium-sized businesses,
participants will develop the skills needed to enter and participate in
the job market. The organization will also raise awareness among
employers of the valuable contribution that Canadians with disabilities
can make to the workforce and the economy.
Canadians with disabilities have a tremendous amount to offer employers
but they remain under-represented in the workforce; approximately 800
000 people with disabilities who are capable of working do not have a
Since 2006, the Opportunities Fund has helped over 34 600 people with
disabilities across Canada. The Opportunities Fund for Persons with
Disabilities helps Canadians with disabilities to prepare for, obtain
and keep employment or become self-employed.
Economic Action Plan 2013 is maintaining funding for the Opportunities
Fund so the program can provide even more training to Canadians with
disabilities for in-demand jobs.
Economic Action Plan 2013 introduced additional measures to support
Canadians with disabilities, including a new generation of Labour
Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities, extending funding to
the Enabling Accessibility Fund to improve the physical accessibility
of facilities, including workplaces, and research on the labour market
participation of Canadians with disabilities.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs and economic growth.
To support Canada's long-term prosperity, we must ensure that everyone
who wants to work has the opportunity. This initiative helps Canadians
with disabilities gain work experience, particularly with small and
medium-sized businesses that would benefit from their skills and
Minister of State (Social Development)
"We are excited to have this opportunity provided by the Government of
Canada. This funding will help Canadians with disabilities demonstrate
their abilities and value, thereby achieving long-term attachment to
Dr. Gary Birch
Executive Director, Neil Squire Society
Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
A/Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State (Social Development)
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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