Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

August 24, 2012 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps People With Disabilities Develop Job Skills

KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 24, 2012) - The Government of Canada will help 12 people with disabilities develop the skills they need to get jobs, today announced Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, 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 Ms. McLeod. "That is why we are working with the ASK Wellness Centre so people with disabilities, right here in Kamloops, have the opportunity to participate and take advantage of job opportunities."

The AIDS Society of Kamloops (ASK) Wellness Centre is receiving close to $96,000, through the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, to provide individuals with job coaching and support services to help them find meaningful employment.

"We are proud to receive funding to operate an Opportunities Fund project to assist individuals with disabilities from the Kamloops area who experience barriers to employment and education," said Bob Hughes, Executive Director of the ASK Wellness Centre. "Our goal is to see the participants gain work experience and then return to work or school with the valuable knowledge and skills they gained through our program."

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.

Canadians with disabilities face unique challenges in finding jobs, especially during a period of economic recovery. Economic Action Plan 2012 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, and to ensure employers are aware of the invaluable contribution people with disabilities can make to their business and the Canadian economy.

In addition, as part of Economic Action Plan 2012, Minister Finley and Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, announced the Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. The panel will identify private-sector successes and best practices as well as barriers and disincentives regarding the participation of people with disabilities in the labour market.

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This news release is available online at: www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Backgrounder

The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities assists people with disabilities prepare for, obtain and keep employment or to become self-employed. The Government of Canada invests $30 million annually through this program to connect individuals with the skills and work experience needed to participate fully in the economy.

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 persons with disabilities can make to their businesses and the Canadian economy.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

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