Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 12, 2010 12:00 ET

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

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2010) - Thanks to support from the Government of Canada, the Arion Therapeutic Riding Association will provide an individual with a disability an opportunity to acquire employability skills and work experience. 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 Mr. Cannan. "By supporting projects like this one, our government is helping Canadians with disabilities maximize their potential and independence."

The Arion Therapeutic Riding Association will receive $2,500 under the Wage Subsidy component of the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. This project will help one individual with a disability gain the skills needed to find lasting employment.

"The Arion Therapeutic Riding Association is pleased to be partnering with
the Government of Canada," said Ms. Heather Henderson, Program Director, Arion Therapeutic Riding Association. "The funding will help us create an excellent opportunity for this individual to develop essential employment skills and self-confidence."

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to get jobs and contribute to their communities.

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 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 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

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The Arion Therapeutic Riding Association provides a tranquil and supportive location that fosters the development of new skills and increased independence for special needs individuals and their families. The announced funding will allow the Association to hire an individual with a disability to work as a farm assistant, caring for animals and maintaining the facility. The work placement will allow the individual to gain hands-on experience leading to ongoing employment.

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.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office