Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

October 12, 2012 11:00 ET

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

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2012) - The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification), on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced that the Government of Canada will help 30 people with disabilities develop the skills they need to find jobs.

"Our government's top priorities are job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Minister Yelich. "That is why we are working with the Saskatchewan Abilities Council so people with disabilities, right here in Saskatoon, can take advantage of job opportunities and participate in the workforce."

The Saskatchewan Abilities Council is receiving more than $87,000 through the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities to provide individuals with job coaching and support services to help them find meaningful employment.

"The Saskatchewan Abilities Council is pleased to receive funding from the Government of Canada for the Enhanced Employment project," said Janine Baumann, Program Manager, Saskatoon Branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council. "This project provides employment services to people with disabilities. The project helps them connect with their community through employment opportunities. Our organization is pleased to partner with the Government of Canada to address the needs of people with disabilities and assist them with overcoming their employment barriers."

The Government of Canada is improving labour market opportunities for Canadians with disabilities through a wide range of effective policies, programs and services, including the Opportunities Fund and labour market agreements with provinces and territories.

Canadians with disabilities face unique challenges in finding jobs, especially during a period of economic recovery. Economic Action Plan 2012 is investing an additional $30 million over three years in the Opportunities Fund to enable more Canadians with disabilities to obtain work experience with small and medium-sized businesses and to ensure employers are aware of the invaluable contribution people with disabilities can make to their business and the economy.

In addition, as part of Economic Action Plan 2012, Minister Finley and the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, announced the Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. The panel will identify private-sector successes and best practices as well as barriers regarding the participation of people with disabilities in the labour market.

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The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities assists people with disabilities to prepare for, obtain and keep employment or become self-employed. The Government of Canada invests $30 million annually through this program to connect individuals with the skills and work experience needed to participate fully in the economy.

2012 Call for Proposals

A Call for Proposals was launched on October 10, 2012, to identify projects that will help more people with disabilities gain the hands-on work experience they need to find jobs. The new investment, which is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012, will be dedicated to national projects that connect people with disabilities to jobs in small- or medium-sized enterprises. Some of the projects will also promote, to employers across Canada, the valuable contribution people with disabilities can make to their businesses and to the Canadian economy.

Organizations across Canada that have expertise in working with people with disabilities and have the capacity to develop and manage large-scale national projects are invited to apply. This includes, but is not limited to, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, crown corporations and educational institutions. This call for proposals is open until November 16, 2012.

For more information, or to submit a project, please visit

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada