Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 18, 2010 08:20 ET

Government of Canada Helps People With Disabilities in South Central Manitoba Develop Job Skills

WINKLER, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) -  People with disabilities will get help preparing for jobs as a result of the Government of Canada's support for Segue Career Options. Ms. Candice Hoeppner, Member of Parliament for Portage–Lisgar, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Many disabled people across Canada, and in our own communities, are unemployed because they lack the necessary skills to fully participate and succeed in the job market," said Ms. Hoeppner. "Our government is proud to partner with Segue Career Options in this project to help people with disabilities in the south central region of Manitoba gain independence by getting the skills they need to prepare for, obtain and keep jobs."

Segue Career Options will receive $42,118 under the Enhanced Employment Assistance Services component of the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. This project will help 20 people with disabilities gain the skills they need to obtain jobs.

"Segue is pleased to receive funding through the Opportunities Fund, which will assist our agency in empowering individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment potential," said Mr. Keith Doerksen, Program Director for Segue Career Options. "This funding will be utilized to provide one-on-one mentoring as well as employability workshops to address various barriers to employment." 

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to get jobs and contribute to the their communities.

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

The Fund 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 underscored its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

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Segue Career Options provides a variety of employment services to people with disabilities, including vocational assessments to determine employment direction, skills training, work placements and follow-up services. These community-based services are available in the south central region of Manitoba, particularly in Winkler, Morden and Altona. Between April 1, 2010, and March 31, 2011, the organization will provide 20 people with disabilities with employment assistance services and one-on-one support to help them prepare for, obtain and maintain employment or self-employment. This will be accomplished through coaching, mentoring and individual sessions focusing on the development of an action plan.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office