Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 12, 2010 10:45 ET

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

SUSSEX, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2010) - Thanks to support from the Government of Canada, the Kiwanis Nursing Home will provide job training and work experience to a person with a disability. The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, 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 Minister of State Moore. "By supporting projects like this one, our government is helping Canadians with disabilities maximize their potential and independence.

The Kiwanis Nursing Home will receive over $10,000 under the Work Experience component of the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. This project will help a person with a disability gain the skills and experience needed to participate in the labour market.

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 Kiwanis Nursing Home is a non-profit corporation that provides nursing care to the community of Sussex and surrounding areas. The project participant will work as an assistant in the laundry and recreation department.

The Work Experience 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 eligible organizations that provide opportunities for people with disabilities to gain unpaid work experience leading to potential employment.

Contact Information

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