The Government of Canada helps persons with disabilities in the Lotbinière region



    SAINT-AGAPIT, QC, Feb. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Jacques Gourde, Member of
Parliament for Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière and Parliamentary Secretary
to the Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of
Canada for the Regions of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg,
Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced that the
Ressourcerie de Lotbinière will receive funding through the Opportunities Fund
for Persons with Disabilities.
    This project will receive over $116,000 in funding to give persons with
disabilities an opportunity to develop their employability skills profile,
thereby facilitating their integration into the labour market. For 50 weeks,
participants will be followed by a caseworker and will take part in various
learning and personal development activities. They will also be able to
acquire work experience at the Ressourcerie's clothing and domestic goods
sorting centre.
    "The Government of Canada has made a commitment to creating the
best-educated, most-skilled and most flexible work force in the world," said
Mr. Gourde. "This project will help persons with disabilities in Lotbinière to
become more independent and self-reliant so they can fully participate in
society."
    Operating in the region since 1997, the Ressourcerie is a socio-economic
organization whose mission is to promote social reintegration, labour force
adaptation and job creation. It also strives to improve socio-economic
conditions by offering modestly priced goods for sale.
    The Government of Canada supports this project through the Opportunities
Fund for Persons with Disabilities. The Fund supports a wide range of
employment activities for unemployed persons with disabilities who are not
normally eligible for Employment Insurance benefits under the Employment
Insurance Act.

    With an annual budget of $30 million, the Opportunities Fund helps
persons with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and retain employment or
self-employment, thereby improving their economic status.
    The Opportunities Fund works in partnership with organizations, including
the private sector, to support an array of activities such as encouraging
employers to hire workers with disabilities, increasing the employment skills
of persons with disabilities, providing work experience, and helping people to
start their own business.




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