TISDALE, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2012) - The Government of Canada will help 20 people with disabilities gain the skills they need to get jobs through support to the Newsask Community Futures Development Corporation. Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priorities are job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Mr. Hoback. "That is why, through Economic Action Plan 2012, we are providing the Opportunities Fund with an additional $30 million over three years to help people with disabilities gain employment."
The Newsask Community Futures Development Corporation's North East Supported Employment Program is receiving close to $83,000 through the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities to provide individuals with skills assessments, job coaching and support services to enable them to find meaningful employment.
"We are very grateful for the funding provided by the Government of Canada to enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities through the North East Supported Employment Program," said Ms. Judy Childs, General Manager of the Newsask Community Futures Development Corporation. "The corporation's vision is the full inclusion of people with disabilities in their community, and this is accomplished by providing support and employment services to people with disabilities and employers in the northeast."
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 boost support for people with disabilities, the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012 is providing an additional $30 million over three years for the Opportunities Fund.
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The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities assists people with disabilities who have little or no labour force attachment to prepare for, obtain and keep employment or to become self-employed. The Government invests $30 million annually through this program to connect individuals with the skills and work experience needed to participate fully in the economy.
The Enhanced Employment Assistance Services component of the Opportunities Fund is designed to help Canadians with disabilities who have little or no work experience and who are not eligible for Employment Insurance benefits. The Fund can help eligible organizations deliver employment-related programs and services that help people with disabilities integrate into the workplace.
Through Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada is investing an additional $30 million over three years in the Opportunities Fund to enable more Canadians with disabilities to obtain work experience with small and medium-sized businesses. This will help ensure employers are aware of the invaluable contribution people with disabilities can make to their business and the Canadian economy.
The Government is also establishing a panel on labour market opportunities for people with disabilities to identify private-sector successes and best practices with regard to their participation in the labour market.
To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.