MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada will
help people with disabilities in the Peel Region develop the skills,
knowledge and experience they need to find jobs. The announcement was
made today by Wladyslaw Lizon, Member of Parliament for Mississauga
East—Cooksville, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister
of State (Social Development).
"Canadians with disabilities have a tremendous amount to offer
employers, but they remain under-represented in our workforce," said
Minister Bergen. "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 to do so."
"People with disabilities face particular challenges entering the job
market and that's why partnerships with organizations like Family
Services of Peel are so important," said Mr.Lizon.
The Family Services of Peel is receiving more than $209, 000 from the
Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. This funding will
allow the organization to provide 60 participants the skills and
hands-on experience needed to enter and succeed in the job market.
Participants will also benefit from job coaching services to help them
become more independent and find employment.
"Employment provides, among other things, a connection to the community,
a sense of purpose and a sense of belonging," said Chuck MacLean,
Executive Director at Family Services of Peel. "This project, funded by
the Government of Canada, provides opportunities to individuals
experiencing difficulties in gaining employment because of a
disability. This can have an overwhelming positive impact upon their
Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2013 proposes to maintain funding at
$40 million per year for the Opportunities Fund for People with
Disabilities starting in 2015-2016, so the program can provide even
more training to people with disabilities for in-demand jobs. Since
2006, the Fund has benefited over 34 600 people with disabilities
EAP 2013 also introduced 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
The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities helps 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 by funding 235 new projects to support the capital costs of
construction and renovations to improve physical accessibility for
people with disabilities and conduct research on labour market
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
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