Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

August 09, 2011 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps People With Disabilities Across the Country Develop Job Skills

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 2011) - People with disabilities will get work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors and Member of Parliament for Richmond, 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 Wong. "By supporting this project, our government is helping Canadians with disabilities maximize their potential and independence."

With assistance from the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, the Neil Squire Society's Enhanced Employ-Ability project will develop and test an improved online service delivery model, create a curriculum guide, and help 660 people with disabilities develop their skills to prepare for jobs, become self-employed or return to school for further training.

The Neil Squire Society will receive $4,260,441 under the Enhanced Employment Assistance Services component of the Opportunities Fund.

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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 Employment Assistance Services component of 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 to deliver employment-related programs and services to people with disabilities to help them integrate into the workplace.

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

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada