BRANDON, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Oct. 11, 2012) - The Government of Canada will help 60 people with disabilities develop the skills they need to find jobs, today announced Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Mr. Tweed. "To support Canada's continued economic growth, we must ensure that everyone who wants to work has the opportunity. People with disabilities face particular challenges entering the job market and that's why partnerships with organizations like the Optimist Club of Brandon's Career and Employment Youth Services are so important."
The Optimist Club of Brandon's Career and Employment Youth Services (CEYS) is receiving more than $26,000 through the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities for their Abilities Project. This project will provide individuals with job coaching and support services, such as resumé and cover letter writing, as well as mock interviews, so they can find meaningful employment in Brandon and the Southwestern Manitoba area.
"CEYS is excited to receive Government of Canada funding for our Abilities Project," said Shirley Hammond, Project Coordinator, CEYS. "The project slogan is 'Abilities in Action' and this funding will help us provide continued support and assistance to individuals living with a disability, as well as educate employers on the benefits someone living with a disability could contribute to their organization."
A Call for Proposals was launched on October 10, 2012, to identify projects that will help more people with disabilities gain the hands-on experience they need to find jobs. The additional investment of $30 million, as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012, will be dedicated to national projects that connect people with disabilities with jobs in small or medium-sized enterprises. Some of the projects will also promote to employers across Canada the valuable contribution that people with disabilities can make to their businesses and the economy.
Organizations across Canada that have expertise in working with people with disabilities and have the capacity to develop and manage large-scale national projects are invited to apply. This includes, but is not limited to, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, crown corporations and educational institutions. This call for proposals is open until November 16, 2012.
In addition, as part of Economic Action Plan 2012, Minister Finley and the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, announced the Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. The panel will identify private-sector successes and best practices as well as barriers regarding the participation of people with disabilities in the labour market.
The Government of Canada is improving labour market opportunities for Canadians with disabilities through a wide range of effective policies, programs and services, including the Opportunities Fund and labour market agreements with provinces and territories.
To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
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This news release is available online at: www.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. The Government of Canada invests $30 million annually through this program to connect individuals with the skills and work experience needed to participate fully in the economy.
For more information, or to propose a project, please visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca.