Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 25, 2012 14:40 ET

Government of Canada Helps People With Disabilities Gain Job Skills in the Collingwood Area

COLLINGWOOD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2012) - Dr. Kellie Leitch, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to Canada's Labour Minister and Member of Parliament for Simcoe-Grey, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced that Breaking Down Barriers An Independent Living Centre Inc. will receive more than $94,000 through the Government's Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.

"Investments like these are key to our government's top priority of job creation and economic growth. We believe that all Canadians should have the opportunity to obtain the skills they need to succeed in today's job market," said Dr. Leitch. "By supporting this program, our government is helping Canadians with disabilities in Ontario-specifically those in the Collingwood area-maximize their potential and independence."

This investment will help 34 people with disabilities develop a range of work skills needed to participate in the job market in the Collingwood area.

"Each year, we are able to assist at least 34 individuals with physical, sensory, emotional or intellectual disabilities to become employed or to gain the skills necessary to be more employable," said Ms. Andrea Abbott-Kokosin, Executive Director of Breaking Down Barriers. "We could not do this without the funding we receive from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada."

With assistance from the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, the Breaking Down Barriers' Worklinks Employment Services program will help participants gain the skills they need to succeed in today's labour market.

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Backgrounder

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 Community Coordinator component of the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities is designed to support projects that help Canadians with disabilities develop a broad range of skills and work experience they need to participate in the job market. It is available to eligible organizations that enter into agreements with eligible participants and employers in support of activities that further Opportunities Fund objectives.

The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities is part of the Government of Canada's strategy for building the most educated, most competent and most flexible workforce in the world. The Government highlighted its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. One of the key elements of the Plan consists of increasing and improving opportunities available to Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559