WINNIPEG, May 24, 2013 /CNW/ - People with disabilities will benefit
from increased support, tools and resources to help address social
issues they are facing in their communities. The announcement was made
today by the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Member
of Parliament for Provencher, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley,
Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government recognizes the abilities of all Canadians and is
committed to supporting innovative solutions to remove barriers to
social and economic inclusion of people with disabilities," said
Minister Toews. "By partnering with People First of Canada, we are
improving the participation of people with disabilities in our
People First of Canada is receiving $1,500,000 over three years in
federal government funding, which will be used to operate a national
information resource centre in Winnipeg to help support people with
disabilities. The organization will host forums and information
sessions and use social media to educate the Canadian public on issues
and barriers faced by people with disabilities. In addition, training
opportunities will be available to help people with disabilities
develop their social integration, leadership and public presentation
"The support we receive from the Government of Canada allows us to
advance inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in our
country. This funding will impact the lives of Canadians with
intellectual disabilities in many areas. In work, in education, in
living and in the community, this funding will help us work towards
policies and practices to ensure the full citizenship rights of people
with intellectual disabilities," said Shane Haddad, President, People
First of Canada.
People First of Canada is a national organization led and operated by
people with intellectual disabilities. Its members across the country
are involved in self-advocacy, conferences, workshops and engaging in
various activities that contribute to local communities.
Through the Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability
Component (SDPP-D), the Government provides $11 million annually in
support of a wide range of projects designed to improve social
inclusion and tackle barriers faced by people with disabilities.
Economic Action Plan 2013 introduced 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.
Furthermore, the Government proposes to maintain 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.
The Government also proposes to extend 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.
For more information on the SDPP-D, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/disability.
The Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component
(SDPP-D) provides grant and contribution funding to projects and
organizations designed to improve the participation and integration of
people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society.
The SDPP-D will be transformed by moving towards a more competitive
model and introducing new program priorities and requirements. The
transformation of this Program is part of government-wide efforts to
modernize grant and contribution funding, maximize the impact of
federal spending and increase transparency. Although aspects of the
SDPP-D will change, the program will continue to exist with the same
objectives—namely, to work in partnership with not-for-profit
organizations to improve outcomes for people with disabilities—and with
the same funding level of $11 million per year.
The Government recognizes that the transformation represents a
significant change for some organizations. For this reason, the
transformation elements are being phased in over a three-year period.
Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes new measures to help address the
needs of people with disabilities:
An introduction of 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
Additional funding of $7 million per year for the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada, some of which would support
research related to the labour market participation of people with
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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