WINNIPEG, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada will help people
with physical disabilities in Winnipeg develop the skills, knowledge
and experience they need to find jobs. The Honourable Steven Fletcher,
Minister of State for Transport and Member of Parliament for
Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia, made the announcement today on behalf
of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills
"People with disabilities face particular challenges entering the job
market and that's why partnerships with organizations like Reaching
E-Quality Employment Services are so important," said Minister of State
Fletcher. "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."
Reaching E-Quality Employment Services is receiving more than $75,000
from the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities to
help people with disabilities overcome barriers to employment.
Participants will benefit from one-on-one counseling and workshops on
topics such as basic computer skills and job preparation, including
résumé and cover letter writing and job search techniques, to help them
transition into the workforce. Based on their needs and interests,
participants will also gain on-the-job experience with employers.
"Funding for programs such as the Reaching E-Quality Employment Services
(REES) Internship Training Project adds significant value to our
community," said Shannon Martin, Executive Director of REES. "People
with disabilities face a range of barriers when it comes to employment,
but thanks to the Government of Canada's funding we will remove many of
these obstacles and ensure self-sufficiency for participants."
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 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. 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.
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This news release is available online at actionplan.gc.ca.
The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities assists people with disabilities to prepare for, obtain and keep
employment or become self-employed.
For more information, or to propose a project, visit servicecanada.gc.ca.
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 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
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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