Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 10, 2011 17:29 ET

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

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Feb. 10, 2011) - Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament for Palliser, announced today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, that people with disabilities will get work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project.

"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. Boughen. "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, the Learning Disabilities Association will help 14 individuals with disabilities gain the skills needed to find lasting employment or become self-employed.

The participants will take part in employability workshops that focus on topics such as personal management and teamwork. The participants will also gain hands-on experience through job placements designed to suit their abilities.

The Learning Disabilities Association will receive over $91,000 through the Work Experience 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 Work Experience 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 opportunities for people with disabilities to gain unpaid work experience leading to potential employment.

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.

Contact Information

  • Office of Ray Boughen, MP Palliser
    Adrian Reimer
    613-992-5232
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559