Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

August 04, 2011 11:00 ET

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

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Aug. 4, 2011) - People with disabilities will gain employability skills through the Government of Canada's support for work-experience projects. The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification) and Member of Parliament for Blackstrap, 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 Yelich. "By supporting projects like this, our government is helping Canadians with disabilities maximize their potential and independence."

With assistance from the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, the Saskatchewan Abilities Council will help 30 individuals gain the skills needed to find lasting employment. Participants will also have the opportunity to further develop and apply their skills through hands-on work experience, including practicing workplace skills such as communication and decision-making. They will also benefit from one-on-one mentoring to help them prepare for lasting employment.

The Saskatchewan Abilities Council will receive over $89,000 under the Enhanced Employment Assistance Services component of the Opportunities Fund.

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The Government of Canada is committed to breaking down barriers that prevent Canadians with disabilities from reaching their full potential through 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 is available to help eligible organizations deliver employment-related programs and services that assist people with disabilities to integrate into the workplace.

The Opportunities Fund is part of the Government of Canada's strategy for building the most educated, most competent 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

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada