Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 15, 2011 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps an Individual With a Disability in Brantford Develop Job Skills

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2011) - An individual with a disability will get work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. Mr. Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brant, 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. McColeman. "By supporting projects like this one, our government is helping Canadians with disabilities maximize their potential and independence."

With assistance from the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, Scribbles to Scholars Inc. will provide the participant with hands-on experience through a job placement.

Scribbles to Scholars Inc. offers quality educational materials and toys that promote learning and family interaction.

The organization will receive over $3,000 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 with 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 to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. The Government underscored its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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