Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 12, 2009 09:30 ET

Government of Canada Employment Program Supports People with Disabilities

SUSSEX, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2009) - An individual with disabilities will get help preparing for future employment thanks to support from the Government of Canada for a local employment project. Mr. Rob Moore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, 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 Mr. Moore. "By supporting projects like this one, our government is helping Canadians with disabilities maximize their potential and independence."

The Kings County Family Resource Centre Inc. will receive $4,778 under the Work Experience component of the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. This project will help an individual with disabilities prepare for employment through a work experience placement.

The federal government is working with stakeholders to help ensure that Canadians get the training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the workforce.

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 helping to break 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 it's commitment to this strategy 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.


BACKGROUNDER

Operating since 1994, the Kings County Family Resource Centre Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that encourages the emotional, intellectual and physical well-being of families and child care providers with children up to the age of seven. It supports and promotes the development and enhancement of community-based family resources and services. Between October 19, 2009, and April 26, 2010, the Centre will provide a self-identified individual with disabilities with the opportunity to acquire work experience that will help him or her develop the skills necessary to obtain future employment.

The Work Experience 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 is available to eligible organizations that provide technical and consultative expertise to eligible participants to help them assess, develop and implement their employment plan. These individuals will develop the skills and work experience they need to participate in the job market.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559