Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 05, 2011 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps an Individual With Disabilities in Kelowna Develop Job Skills

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 5, 2011) - An individual with disabilities will gain employability skills through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. Mr. Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna—Lake Country, 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 MP Cannan. "By supporting projects like this, our government is helping Canadians with disabilities maximize their potential and independence."

With assistance from the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, Chainline Cycle Shop will hire an individual with a disability to assist in the shop. The participant will learn various duties, such as inventory control, helping the bicycle mechanic with repairs and greeting customers. The participant will gain hands-on work experience leading to potential employment.

Chainline Cycle Shop will receive over $7,000 under the Wage Subsidy component of the Opportunities Fund.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

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

The Wage Subsidy 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 employers to encourage them to hire people with disabilities.

The Opportunities Fund is part of the Government of Canada's strategy aimed at 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 www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Ann Matejicka
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559