VICTORIA, Aug. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister
of State (Social Development), announced today that the Government of
Canada is helping Canadians with disabilities develop the skills and
experience they need to find jobs.
The Greater Victoria Economic Development Association (GVEDA) is
receiving more than $298,000 from the Opportunities Fund for Persons
with Disabilities for its EntreActive project to help those with
disabilities in Victoria overcome barriers to employment and start
their own businesses.
GVEDA's project will provide up to 48 participants with entrepreneurial
training, coaching, networking opportunities and mentoring to help
prepare them for self-employment. Over a 24-week period, participants
will attend entrepreneurial workshops, prepare their own business plans
and learn how to set up a business. Each week, they will attend a
three-hour workshop designed to help them explore and implement their
business ideas. Participants will also have dedicated time each week to
complete their assignments and conduct market research. In addition,
they can benefit from monthly one-on-one mentoring.
The one-year 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 people with
disabilities across Canada.
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 the 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 with
disabilities face particular challenges entering the job market, and
that's why partnerships with organizations like the Greater Victoria
Economic Development Association are so important."
- The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development)
"We would like to thank the Government of Canada for their funding and
support of the EntreActive program. This program has allowed people
with disabilities in Greater Victoria access to classes, mentors and
further support, to help them realize their entrepreneurial vision and
turn it into a reality."
- Bonnie Gillatly, Program Coordinator, Greater Victoria Economic
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 persons 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 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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