PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2012) - The Government of Canada will help 24 people with disabilities develop the skills they need to find jobs, announced Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity, and to support Canada's continued economic growth, we must ensure that everyone who wants to work has the opportunity" said Mr. Hoback. "People with disabilities face particular challenges to entering the job market, and that's why partnerships with organizations like the Prince Albert and District Community Service Centre Inc. are so important."
The Prince Albert and District Community Service Centre Inc. is receiving close to $48,000 through the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities to provide individuals with job coaching and support services to help them find meaningful employment.
"We are proud to receive funding to operate an Opportunities Fund project to assist individuals with disabilities from the Prince Albert area who experience barriers to employment and education," said Merv Bender, Executive Director of the Community Service Centre. "Our goal is to see the participants gain work experience and then return to work or school with the valuable knowledge and skills they gained through our program."
A call for proposals was launched on October 10, 2012, to identify projects that will help more people with disabilities gain the hands-on experience they need to find jobs. The additional investment of $30 million, as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012, 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 across Canada the valuable contribution that people with disabilities can make to their businesses and the economy.
Organizations across Canada that have expertise in working with people with disabilities and have the capacity to develop and manage large-scale national projects are invited to apply. This includes, but is not limited to, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, crown corporations and educational institutions. This call for proposals is open until November 16, 2012.
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.
The Government of Canada is improving labour market opportunities for Canadians with disabilities through a wide range of effective policies, programs and services, including the Opportunities Fund and labour market agreements with provinces and territories.
To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
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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, please visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca.