Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

April 20, 2012 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps People with Disabilities in the Steinbach Gain Job Skills

STEINBACH, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - April 20, 2012) - The Government of Canada will help 60 people with disabilities gain the skills they need to get jobs in Steinbach through support to Eastman Employment Services. The Honourable Vic Toews, Member of Parliament for Provencher, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government's top priorities are job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity. That is why, through Economic Action Plan 2012, we are providing the Opportunities Fund with an additional $30 million over three years," said M.P. Toews. "Through this support, our government is helping Manitobans with disabilities maximize their potential and independence."

Eastman Employment Services' Opening Doors to Success project is receiving $14,596 through the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities to help 60 people with disabilities with work-skills assessment, job coaching and support services to help them get jobs.

"We're excited about this project and the additional services it will provide in our region to job seekers who live with a disability," said Christina Swanson, Program Coordinator for Eastman Employment Services.

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.

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The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities assists people with disabilities who have little or no labour force attachment to prepare for, obtain and keep employment or to become self-employed. The Government invests $30 million annually through this program to connect individuals with the skills and work experience needed to participate fully in the economy.

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.

Through Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada 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. The Government is also establishing a panel on labour market opportunities for people with disabilities to identify private-sector successes and best practices with regard to their participation in the labour market.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada