Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 22, 2012 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps People With Disabilities in Moncton Gain Job Skills

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2012) - The Government of Canada is helping people with disabilities in Moncton develop the skills and experience they need to find jobs.

Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Moncton−Riverview−Dieppe, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced that Moncton Employment Training Services Inc. will receive more than $77,000 through the Government's Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.

"Our government's top priority is job creation and economic growth. All Canadians should have the opportunity to get the skills they need to succeed in today's job market," said Mr. Goguen. "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, Moncton Employment Training Services Inc. will help eight people living with an intellectual disability develop the range of work and life skills they need to participate in the job market.

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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 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 can help eligible organizations deliver employment-related programs and services that assist people with disabilities to integrate into the workplace.

The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities 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 highlighted its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. One of the key elements of the Plan consists of increasing and improving opportunities available to Canadian workers through skills development. 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