Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 08, 2011 08:00 ET

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

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2011) - An individual 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 projects like this, our government is helping Canadians with disabilities maximize their potential and independence."

The SHARE Activity Center will receive more than $13,000 in federal funding from the Wage Subsidy component of the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.

The SHARE Activity Center will hire a person with a disability as a specialist who will provide peer support to clients. This individual will participate in team meetings, share observations regarding clients' strengths and needs, as well as handle some administrative duties within the organization. The participant will gain hands-on work experience that could potentially lead to employment.

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 Wage Subsidy 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 employers to encourage them to hire people with disabilities.

The Opportunities Fund is part of the Government of Canada's strategy aimed at building the most educated, skilled and flexible workforce in the world. The government highlighted its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. One of the key elements of the Plan is increasing and improving opportunities available to Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559