Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

April 23, 2008 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Canadians With Disabilities Find Meaningful Employment

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 23, 2008) - Mr. Colin Carrie, Member of Parliament for Oshawa, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced Government of Canada investments in two national projects led by Link Up Employment Services for Persons with Disabilities and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). These projects will assist approximately 600 Canadians with disabilities in finding meaningful employment, or in becoming self-employed.

Link Up Employment Services will receive a contribution of $804,355 to deliver an Enhanced Employment Assistance Services program, which will help 390 people with disabilities across the country. The CMHA will receive up to $527,763 to deliver Routes to Work, a project that will help up to 215 people with psychiatric disabilities.

"The Government of Canada is proud to provide this funding, which will help over 600 people in Toronto, and across Canada," said Mr. Carrie. "Our government is ensuring that Canadians with disabilities have access to the training they need to find and keep quality jobs."

The Government of Canada supports these projects through the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. The Fund supports a wide range of employment activities for unemployed people with disabilities who are not normally eligible for Employment Insurance benefits under the Employment Insurance Act.

"We are once again honoured to support the Routes to Work program, which has helped hundreds of Canadians with psychiatric disabilities prepare for and find mainstream employment," said Ms. Julie Flatt, Project Manager at the Canadian Mental Health Association's National Office. "Being employed is a dream of enormous importance to many adults with mental health problems, and programs like this go a long way to help these dreams become reality."

"Link Up helps the hardest-to-serve job seekers with disabilities, and thanks to the Government of Canada's Opportunities Fund, people with disabilities across Canada are increasingly being granted an opportunity to make their unique contribution to the workplace," said Mr. Bob Santos, Executive Director of Link Up Employment Services. "This is great news for all of us-people with disabilities, businesses and communities."

With an annual budget of $30 million, the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities helps Canadians with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and retain employment or self-employment, thereby improving their economic status.

The Fund works in partnership with organizations, including the private sector, to support an array of activities, such as: increasing employment skills, providing work experience, and preparing individuals for self-employment.

In the 2008 budget, the Government of Canada announced plans to make the costs of training that help people cope with disabilities or disorders exempt from the goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST). The Government also plans to expand the list of GST/HST-free medical and assistive devices to include service dogs. These commitments expand on the 2007 commitments to implement the Registered Savings Plan, which will help individuals save money to care for children with severe disabilities, and to introduce the $45-million Enabling Accessibility Fund, which will improve physical accessibility for people with disabilities.

Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Minister Solberg's Office
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary