EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2012) - The Honourable Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced that the Government of Canada will help 125 people with disabilities develop the skills they need to find jobs.
"Our government's top priorities are job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Mr. Hawn. "That is why we are working with On Site Placement Services so people with disabilities, right here in Edmonton, can take advantage of job opportunities and participate in the workforce."
On Site Placement Services is receiving over $442,000, through the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, to provide individuals with job coaching and support services to help them find meaningful employment.
"We are pleased to receive funding from Government of Canada for our Under 30 and Futures programs," said Ken Marsh, Executive Director, On Site Placement Services. "This funding will be critical in helping vulnerable people to participate fully in the community through employment and continuing education."
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.
Canadians with disabilities face unique challenges in finding jobs, especially during a period of economic recovery. Economic Action Plan 2012 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 and to ensure employers are aware of the invaluable contribution people with disabilities can make to their business and the Canadian economy.
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.
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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.
To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.