Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 25, 2011 08:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps People with Disabilities in Fredericton Overcome job Barriers

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Nov. 25, 2011) - A Government of Canada investment will help people with disabilities develop the skills they need to get jobs, today announced the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway and Member of Parliament for Fredericton, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government's top priority is jobs and the economy. People with disabilities and youth have a particularly difficult time finding good jobs," said Minister Ashfield. "Through projects such as this, we are helping Canadians develop the skills they need so they can overcome barriers and maximize their potential."

The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work will receive over $128,000 that will help 30 people with disabilities enhance their employability skills and prepare for employment opportunities.

The Council's project is being supported through the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities program, which helps people with disabilities prepare for, obtain and maintain employment or self-employment.

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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 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 help eligible organizations deliver employment-related programs and services that help people with disabilities integrate into the workplace.

This employment program is part of the Government of Canada's broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. The government highlighted its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key element of the Plan includes increasing and improving opportunities available to Canadians 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