Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

January 23, 2012 12:00 ET

Federal Job Skills Program Helps People With Disabilities Get Job-Ready

NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 23, 2012) - A Government of Canada investment will help 110 people with disabilities on Vancouver Island and the Upper Sunshine Coast get training so they can get jobs or become self-employed.

James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Alberni, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced that the BC Centre for Ability Foundation will receive over $1.3 million through the Government's Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.

"Our government's top priority is job creation and economic growth. In today's environment, it is important that all Canadians have the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Lunney. "Our partnership with the BC Centre for Ability Foundation will help our neighbours and friends maximize their potential and independence."

The Opportunities Fund is one of a number of Government of Canada skills development measures that help Canadians overcome barriers to the workforce.

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The Government of Canada is committed to breaking down barriers that prevent Canadians with disabilities from reaching their full potential with a wide range of effective policies, programs and services.

The Community Coordinator component of the Opportunities Fund is designed to support projects that help Canadians with disabilities develop a broad range of skills and work experience they need to participate in the job market. It is available to eligible organizations that enter into agreements with eligible participants and employers in support of activities that further Opportunities Fund objectives.

The Opportunities Fund is part of the Government of Canada's strategy for building the most educated, most competent and most flexible workforce in the world. The government highlighted its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. One of the key elements of the Plan consists of increasing and improving opportunities available to Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada