Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

May 23, 2012 10:00 ET

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

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - The Government of Canada will help 26 people with disabilities gain the skills they need to get jobs in Winnipeg through support to the Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba. Joy Smith, Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government's top priorities are job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Mrs. Smith. "That is why, through Economic Action Plan 2012, we are providing the Opportunities Fund with an additional $30 million over three years."

The Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba's Destination Employment project is receiving close to $77,000 through the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. This support will help 26 people with disabilities with work-skills assessment, job coaching and support services to help them get jobs.

"We're very grateful to have this support for our project, as it is tailored to meet the needs of the population we serve," said Marilyn MacKinnon, Executive Director for the Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba. "Gaining employment is a challenge for our participants, and this project helps them understand their strengths and weaknesses and find a good employment fit, which will have such a positive impact on their lives."

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.

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The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities assists those with disabilities who have little or no labour force attachment to prepare for, obtain and keep employment or to become self-employed. The Government invests $30 million annually through this program to connect individuals with the skills and work experience needed to participate fully in the economy.

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.

Through Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada is investing an additional $30 million over three years in the Opportunities Fund to enable more Canadians with disabilities to obtain work experience with small- and medium-sized businesses. This will help ensure that employers are aware of the invaluable contribution people with disabilities can make to their businesses and the Canadian economy.

The Government is also establishing a panel on labour market opportunities for people with disabilities to identify private-sector successes and best practices with regard to their participation in the labour market.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada