Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 07, 2011 08:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps a Person With Disabilities in Saint John Develop Job Skills

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Feb. 7, 2011) - A person with disabilities will get work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, 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 MP 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, Key Industries will provide a person with disabilities with a job placement designed to suit his or her abilities. The participant will gain hands-on experience and benefit from one-on-one mentoring that will help him or her prepare for lasting employment.

Key Industries will receive over $7,000 under the Work Experience component of the Opportunities Fund.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

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 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 unpaid work experience leading to potential employment.

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.

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