Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 29, 2011 15:07 ET

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

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 11, 2011) - People with disabilities will get work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. Mr. Devinder Shory, Member of Parliament for Calgary Northeast, 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. Shory. "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, Symmetry Solutions Inc. will provide 30 participants with life and employability skills workshops and work experience placements. Workshops will focus on topics such as communication and job search techniques. They will also have the opportunity to further develop and apply their skills through on-the-job work placements while gaining valuable work experience.

Symmetry Solutions Inc. will receive over $98,000 under the Community Coordinator 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 Community Coordinator component of the Opportunities Fund is designed to support projects that help Canadians with disabilities develop a broad range of skills and work experience they need to participate in the job market. It is available to eligible organizations that enter into agreements with eligible participants and employers in support of activities that further Opportunities Fund objectives.

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
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482

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