Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

June 20, 2008 13:50 ET

Government of Canada Helps to Improves Skills and Employment Opportunities for Canadians With Disabilities From Collingwood Region

COLLINGWOOD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 20, 2008) - Thirty Canadians with disabilities from Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Stayner, Creemore, Blue Mountains and Meaford will be better prepared to find meaningful employment or become self-employed through a new local project. The Honourable Helena Guergis, Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) (Sport) and Member of Parliament for Simcoe-Grey, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, announced funding for the project led by Breaking Down Barriers Independent Living Centre.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best-educated, most-skilled, most flexible work force in the world," said Secretary of State Guergis. "This project will make sure that people with disabilities from the Georgian Triangle area have access to the training they need to find and keep quality jobs."

The Government of Canada is supporting the Opportunities Fund/Worklinks Employment Services project through funding of $79,338 from the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. The Fund supports a wide range of employment activities for unemployed people with disabilities who are not eligible for Employment Insurance benefits under the Employment Insurance Act. An online version of the project will also be available to some participants.

"We are very pleased to receive another year of funding to provide people with disabilities with employment skills and job opportunities within the Georgian Triangle area," said Ms. Catherine Sholtz, Employment Programs Co-ordinator.

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 situation.

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

In Budget 2008, the Government of Canada announced plans to exempt from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) the costs of specially designed training to assist individuals in coping with the effect of a disability or disorder, such as autism. The Government also plans to expand the list of GST- and HST-free medical and assistive devices to include service dogs. These commitments expand on the 2007 commitments to implement the Registered Disability 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.

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Office of Minister Solberg
    Lesley Harmer
    Director of Communications