HALIFAX, June 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada will help people
with disabilities in Halifax, Truro and Amherst develop the skills,
knowledge and experience they need to find jobs. The announcement was
made today by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence
and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of the Honourable
Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"People with disabilities face particular challenges entering the job
market and that's why partnerships with organizations like TEAM Work
Cooperative are so important," said Minister MacKay. "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."
TEAM Work Cooperative is receiving more than $343,000 from the federal
Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities to help people with
disabilities overcome barriers to employment.
Based on their individual job plans, participants will benefit from a
number of supports such as work experience, financial assistance for
skills training or business coaching for self-employment.
"Thanks to the Government of Canada, we will assist job seekers with
disabilities by providing them with short term work experiences", said
Janice Ainsworth, Executive Director of TEAM Work Cooperative. "This
has proven to be a positive step for both the job seeker and the
employer on the journey to employment. The funding also includes skills
development and assistive devices for work site accommodations."
Canadians with disabilities have a tremendous amount to offer employers,
but they remain under-represented in the workforce. That is why
Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2013 proposes to provide ongoing funding at
$40 million per year for the Opportunities Fund for Persons with
Disabilities, starting in 2015-16, to help more people with
disabilities train for in-demand jobs. Employers and community
organizations will be involved in project design and delivery.
EAP 2013 also introduces other measures to support people with
disabilities. These include a new generation of Labour Market
Agreements for Persons with Disabilities, an extension of funding to
the Enabling Accessibility Fund to improve physical accessibility and
research on the labour market participation of people with
In addition, Economic Action Plan 2012 announced the creation of a Panel
on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. The Panel
identified private sector successes and best practices in employing,
retaining and accommodating Canadians with disabilities in the
workforce, and better connecting these workers with potential
employers. Based on the Panel's recommendations, Economic Action
Plan 2013 proposes investing $2 million to support the creation of the
Canadian Employers Disability Forum to facilitate education, training
and the sharing of resources and best practices on the hiring and
retention of people with disabilities.
The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities assists people with disabilities to prepare for, obtain and keep
employment or become self-employed.
Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes new measures to connect Canadians
with available jobs and equip them with the skills and training they
need. These include the Canada Job Grant, creating opportunities for
apprentices and providing support to under-represented groups,
including people with disabilities, Aboriginal people, newcomers and
In addition, Economic Action Plan 2013 will support the following
introducing 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;
extending the Enabling Accessibility Fund at a level of $15 million per
year to support the capital costs of construction and renovations to
improve physical accessibility for people with disabilities, including
workplace accommodation; and
providing 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
For more information about the Opportunities Fund, or to propose a
project, visit servicecanada.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan
For further information:
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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