CRANBROOK, BC, Aug. 18, 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) announced today.
Kootenay Employment Services will receive more than $509,000 from the
Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities for its project to
help those with varying abilities get jobs.
The project will provide up to 44 Canadians living in the B.C. Rockies
region with help to overcome barriers to employment through either
skills workshops on topics such as résumé writing and interview
techniques or work placements with local employers. Participants join
throughout the year and, since April, four have started the skills
training component, while 17 have begun their work placements with the
goal of gaining permanent jobs with their employer. The project runs
from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.
This is part of the Government of Canada's overall strategy to equip all
Canadians with the skills and training they need to connect with
To provide more training solutions related to in-demand jobs for
Canadians with disabilities, Economic Action Plan 2013 announced an
increase in funding, to $40 million annually, for the Opportunities
Since 2006, the Opportunities Fund has helped over 34,600 Canadians with
On April 25, 2014, Minister Kenney announced that the governments of
Canada and British Columbia signed a renewed Labour Market Agreement
for Persons with Disabilities that will better meet the employment
needs of Canadian businesses and improve employment prospects for
Canadians with disabilities, helping residents in British Columbia get
much-needed skills and training to find jobs.
The Government of Canada is inviting organizations to apply for funding
through the Enabling Accessibility Fund for projects that will increase
workplace accessibility for Canadians with disabilities. The Call for
Proposals, which opened on August 6, gives eligible organizations in
all provinces and territories the opportunity to submit proposals until
October 1, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf/index.shtml.
"To support Canada's long-term prosperity, we must ensure that everyone
who wants to work has the opportunity to do so. Canadians who face
particular challenges entering the job market need help overcoming
barriers, and that's why partnerships with organizations like Kootenay
Employment Services are so important."
- The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development)
"We know that there are some talented individuals who face unique
challenges when it comes to finding work. This is why I am pleased that
our government is helping Canadians in Kootenay-Columbia develop the skills and experience they need to find jobs."
- David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia
"It has been said that the best social program in the world is a good
job, and that is where the Working Solutions Program comes in. This
program creates a vital bridge for people with disabilities to access
meaningful employment. Working Solutions is not a grant, but rather an
investment in human capital that provides multiple returns. People with
disabilities become valued members of the workforce, empowered with
skills, self-confidence and an income that allows them to contribute to
social systems rather than depend on them."
- Hugh Grant, Executive Director, Kootenay Employment Services Society
The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities provides $30 million annually to help people with disabilities to prepare for, obtain and keep
employment or become self-employed.
Economic Action Plan 2013 announced a $10 million increase in ongoing
Opportunities Fund funding, to $40 million annually, starting in
2015-16. Employers and community organizations will be involved in
designing and delivering training projects.
In addition, through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government of Canada
providing $15 million over three years to the Ready, Willing & Able
initiative of the Canadian Association for Community Living to help
connect people with developmental disabilities with jobs; and
providing $11.4 million over four years to support the expansion of
vocational training programs for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
To further help Canadians with disabilities in the workforce, the
introduced 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;
extended the Enabling Accessibility Fund on an ongoing basis at $15
million per year to improve accessibility in facilities across Canada,
including workplaces; and
provided funding of $7 million per year for the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada, some of which will support
research related to the labour market participation of people with
Other measures to connect Canadians with available jobs and equip them
with the skills and training they need include introducing the Canada
Job Grant, creating opportunities for apprentices and providing support
to under-represented groups, including people with disabilities,
Aboriginal people, newcomers and youth.
The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) was originally announced in 2007 as a three-year, $45-million program
to support community-based projects across Canada, and it was renewed
in 2010 with the creation of a new mid-sized project component. Since
the first Call for Proposals in 2008, over 1,400 projects have been
awarded funding to improve accessibility in Canadian communities.
Through Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government extended the EAF on an
ongoing basis at $15 million per year to continue to help improve
accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in their communities as
well as in their workplaces.
Projects receiving funding under the workplace accessibility stream must
create or enhance accessibility in workplaces and create or maintain
job opportunities for Canadians with disabilities. This call for
proposals was launched on August 6 and closes on October 1, 2014.
Project costs will be shared between the recipient and government.
Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees and less than $5 million
in gross revenue per year are eligible to apply through this year's
call for proposals.
For more information about how to submit proposals, please visit: http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf/index.shtml
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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