BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2012) - The Government of Canada will help people with disabilities in the Brantford area develop the skills they need to find jobs, today announced Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brant, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priorities are job creation and economic growth. To support Canada's long-term prosperity, we must ensure that everyone who wants to work has the opportunity," said Mr. McColeman. "People with disabilities face particular challenges entering the job market and that's why partnerships with organizations like L. Tara Hooper and Associates Inc. are so important."
L. Tara Hooper and Associates Inc. is receiving more than $29,000 through the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, which will provide individuals with job coaching and support services so they can find meaningful employment in the Brantford area.
"I am ecstatic we received funding for our employment program," said Lisa Tara Hooper, President of L. Tara Hooper and Associates Inc. "Many people with disabilities want to work and make a contribution to the labour force. The funding for this program provides individuals with disabilities the support they may need to work toward their employment goals and achieve success."
Canadians with disabilities have a tremendous amount to offer employers but they remain under-represented in the workforce. That is why the Government of Canada, through Economic Action Plan 2012, is investing an additional $30 million in the Opportunities Fund to help more people with disabilities gain the hands-on experience they need to find jobs.
The new investment will be dedicated to national projects that connect people with disabilities with jobs in small- or medium-sized enterprises. Some of the projects will also promote to employers the valuable contribution that people with disabilities can make to their businesses and the Canadian economy.
In addition, as part of Economic Action Plan 2012, Minister Finley and the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, announced the Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. The panel will identify private-sector successes and best practices, as well as barriers regarding the participation of people with disabilities in the labour market.
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This news release is available online at: www.actionplan.gc.ca.
The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities assists people with disabilities to prepare for, obtain and keep employment or become self-employed. The Government of Canada invests $30 million annually through this program to connect individuals with the skills and work experience needed to participate fully in the economy.
For more information, or to propose a project, visit servicecanada.gc.ca.