Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 14, 2010 15:12 ET

Government of Canada Helps People with Disabilities in Brandon Develop Job Skills

BRANDON, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2010) - People with disabilities will get help preparing for jobs as a result of the Government of Canada's support for the Optimist Club of Brandon. Mr. Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, 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 Mr. Tweed. "By supporting this project, our government is helping Canadians with disabilities maximize their potential and independence."

The Optimist Club of Brandon will receive over $28,000 under the Enhanced Employment Assistance Services component of the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. This project will help over 25 individuals with disabilities gain the skills they need to obtain jobs.

"We would like to thank the Government of Canada for allowing us to maintain and to continue working towards positive change with the Abilities Project in Brandon and the Southwestern Region of Manitoba," said Jason Gobeil, Project Coordinator, the Optimist Club of Brandon. "This funding provides persons living with a disability the tools and direction in creating a set path to employment in their community based on current skills, abilities and past experience."

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to get jobs and contribute to their communities.

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.

The Fund is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. The Government underscored its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

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The Optimist Club of Brandon, through its Abilities project, provides individualized support to help people with disabilities overcome barriers to employment and develop the skills and knowledge required to participate in the labour market. The first phase of the project consists of client assessment and case management services. Each participant will undergo a needs assessment and will develop an individual employment action plan. Participants will then take part in a number of activities to help them develop the life and employability skills identified in the needs assessment phase. Over the course of the project, participants will also have access to up-to-date employment information to increase their awareness of job and career opportunities in the surrounding area.

The Enhanced Employment Assistance Services component of 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 to deliver employment-related programs and services to people with disabilities to help them integrate into the workplace. 

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office