Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 02, 2012 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps People With Disabilities Gain Job Skills in Southwestern Ontario

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 2, 2012) - The Government of Canada will help 24 people with disabilities gain the skills they need to get jobs in Southwestern Ontario.

Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced support for Community Living London.

"Our government's top priority is job creation and economic growth. All Canadians should have the opportunity to get the skills they need to succeed in today's job market," said Mr. Preston. "By supporting this program, our government is helping people with disabilities in Southwestern Ontario maximize their potential and independence."

"Community Living London is thrilled with the success of the Transition to Community Employment Initiative," explains Michelle Palmer, Executive Director of Community Living London. "We are committed to providing quality services and support to adults and children with intellectual disabilities throughout the London area and this funding allows us to continue to be a leader in supporting the employment goals of people with intellectual disabilities here in London".

With assistance from the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, Community Living London's Transition to Community Employment Initiative will provide participants with work-skills assessment, job coaching and support services to help them get jobs.

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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 Enhanced Employment Assistance Services 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 can help eligible organizations deliver employment-related programs and services that assist people with disabilities to integrate into the workplace.

The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities 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 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

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada