Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

July 13, 2012 10:00 ET

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

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2012) - The Government of Canada will help 30 people with disabilities gain the skills they need to get jobs by providing support to Reaching E-Quality Employment Services. The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport), 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 Minister Fletcher. "That is why, through Economic Action Plan 2012, we are providing the Opportunities Fund with an additional $30 million over three years to help people with disabilities gain employment."

Reaching E-Quality Employment Services' Internship Training project is receiving close to $56,000 through the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities to provide individuals with skills assessments and support services to enable them to find meaningful employment. Selected participants will also benefit from work experience with local employers.

"Reaching E-Quality Employment Services would like to acknowledge the Government of Canada for its support for our Internship Training Project through the Opportunities Fund," says Shannon Martin, Executive Director. "This funding is providing people in our community who have physical disabilities with on-the-job training and experience to assist them in their transition to meaningful employment."

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 helps people with disabilities who have little or no labour force attachment prepare for, obtain and keep employment or 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 Community Coordinator component of the Opportunities Fund is designed to support projects that help Canadians with disabilities develop a broad range of skills and work experience they need to participate in the job market. It is available to eligible organizations that enter into agreements with eligible participants and employers in support of activities that further Opportunities Fund objectives.

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 employers are aware of the invaluable contribution people with disabilities can make to their business and the Canadian economy.

The Government is also establishing a panel on labour market opportunities for persons 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