Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 30, 2010 11:00 ET

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

EDSON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 30, 2010) - People with disabilities will get help preparing for jobs as a result of the Government of Canada's support for Employment For All, a local project delivered by the Reflections Society for Empowering People to Succeed. The Honourable Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport) and Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, 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 Minister of State Merrifield. "By supporting this project, our government is helping Canadians with disabilities maximize their potential and independence."

Reflections will receive $142,974 under the Enhanced Employment Assistance Services component of the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. This project will provide 24 people with disabilities with a chance to gain the skills they need to obtain jobs or return to school.

"The benefits of Reflections' Employment program go far beyond helping individuals obtain a job and increase their economic independence," said Ms. Ruth Martin Williams, Executive Director of Reflections. "By supporting individuals to enter the workforce, Reflections is helping individuals develop a sense of self-worth, dignity and respect. They develop a connection to their job, to their community and to their country, which has long-lasting benefits for us all." 

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 the 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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Reflections is an adult drop-in centre offering support and programs to individuals with mental health challenges or brain trauma. Between April 1, 2010, and March 31, 2012, the organization will provide enhanced employment assistance services to 24 individuals with disabilities, who are facing barriers to employment, to assist them in preparing for, obtaining and maintaining employment or returning to school. 

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

Contact Information

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