Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

January 28, 2011 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps People With Disabilities in Powell River Develop Job Skills

POWELL RIVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 28, 2011) - People with disabilities will get work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. Mr. John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country, 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 Mr. Weston. "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 Powell River Brain Injury Society will provide two people with disabilities with job placements designed to suit their abilities. One participant will work as a newsletter editor, and the other as a library assistant. The participants will gain hands-on experience to help them prepare for lasting employment.

The Powell River Brain Injury Society will receive $16,002 under the Work Experience component of the Opportunities Fund.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Backgrounder

The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities helps support an array of activities, such as increasing employability skills, providing work experience and preparing individuals for self-employment.

The Work Experience 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 is available to eligible organizations that provide opportunities for people with disabilities to gain paid work experience leading to potential employment.

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. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559