Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 16, 2009 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Employment Program Supports People With Disabilities in Victoria

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 16, 2009) - Two local companies will provide people with disabilities with valuable work experience and skills that could lead to long-term employment, thanks to Government of Canada support. The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport) and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that all Canadians have the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Minister of State Lunn. "By supporting projects like these ones, our government is helping Canadians with disabilities maximize their potential and independence."

The 6 Mile Bakery will receive $4,095 under the Wage Subsidy component of the Opportunities Fund to hire a person with disabilities to assist with food preparation and packaging. Under the same program, Pedersen's Party Rentals and Sales will receive $2,912 to also hire a person with disabilities to assist with food preparation and packaging.

The federal government is working with stakeholders to make sure that Canadians get the training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the workforce and contribute to the quality of life in their communities.

The Opportunities Fund helps support an array of activities, such as increasing employability skills, providing work experience and preparing individuals for self-employment. The Government of Canada is committed to breaking down barriers that prevent Canadians from reaching their full potential with a wide range of effective policies, programs and services tailored to people with disabilities.

The Fund is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. The Government underscored this commitment in January when it introduced Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development.

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The 6 Mile Bakery is a wholesale supplier of fresh-baked goods in Victoria, British Columbia. Pedersen's Party Rentals and Sales is the largest and most complete party and event rental company in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. Each of these organizations will provide a 26-week work experience to a person with disabilities. The skills learned through these opportunities should lead to ongoing employment, enabling a successful transition to the labour force.

The Wage Subsidy component of the $30-million 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. This subsidy encourages employers to hire workers they may not otherwise have hired. The Fund works with community organizations and the private sector to support projects that help Canadians with disabilities develop the skills and work experience they need to participate in the job market. The Opportunities Fund is an important employment element of the Disability Agenda for the Government of Canada.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office