Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 19, 2011 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps People With Disabilities in Brantford Develop Job Skills

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 19, 2011) - The Government of Canada is assisting people with disabilities to gain the skills and work experience they need to reach their employment goal. Mr. Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brant, 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. McColeman. "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, L. Tara Hooper and Associates Inc. will help 16 individuals with disabilities to gain the skills needed to find lasting employment or become self-employed. The participants will gain hands-on experience and benefit from one-on-one mentoring that will help them prepare for lasting employment.

"Many people with disabilities require assistance to enter the workforce whether it is to find a job or explore the idea of self employment. Both programs, Disability Works and Self Employment Assistance for Persons with Disabilities provide the extra support these individuals may need to reach their goal. More and more people with disabilities want to participate in the labour force and be contributing members of the community. The funding for these programs allows them to work toward achieving their employment goals and realizing success", said Lisa Tara Hooper, owner of L. Tara Hooper and Associates Inc.

L. Tara Hooper and Associates Inc. will receive $73,192 under the Employment Assistance and Self-Employment components of the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.

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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 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. 

The Self-Employment 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 technical and consultative expertise to eligible participants to help them assess, develop and implement their business plan.

The Opportunities 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 www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Ryan Sparrow
    Director of Communications
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559