Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 11, 2010 15:00 ET

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

TISDALE, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - June 11, 2010) - People with disabilities will get help preparing for jobs as a result of the Government of Canada's support for Newsask Community Futures. Mr. Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In today's economic 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. Hoback. "Our government is proud to partner with Newsask Community Futures to help local people with disabilities maximize their potential and independence."

Newsask Community Futures will receive $93,470 under the Enhanced Employment Assistance Services component of the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. This project will help 24 people with disabilities gain the skills they need to obtain jobs or return to school.

"The Government of Saskatchewan believes that people with disabilities play an important role in meeting our province's talent challenge," said the Honourable Rob Norris, Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour for Saskatchewan. "The Newsask Community Futures program is part of our commitment to helping people with disabilities to prepare for, secure and maintain employment."

"We are very grateful for the funding from the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan to enhance employment opportunities of persons with disabilities through the North East Supported Employment Program," said Ms. Judy Childs, General Manager of Newsask Community Futures. "The agency's vision is the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in their community. This is accomplished by providing employment services and support to persons with disabilities, as well as promoting hiring persons with disabilities and providing support to employers in the North East. It is our belief that decreasing barriers that persons with disabilities face increases their participation within their communities, which in turn moves individuals closer to full citizenship."

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to get jobs and contribute to the their communities.

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. 

The Fund 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 underscored its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

Newsask Community Futures delivers community economic development and specialized services to entrepreneurs by providing business counselling, programs and information. It also promotes increased employment among people with disabilities through the North East Supported Employment Program. Between May 3, 2010, and June 30, 2011, this program will provide employment assistance services and one-on-one support to help 24 people with disabilities prepare for, obtain and maintain employment or return to school. Services could include job coaching and purchasing adaptive technology to help them succeed in the workplace. These community-based services are available in the north east region of Saskatchewan, including in Hudson Bay, Nipawin, Melfort, Porcupine Plain, Tisdale, White Fox and several other smaller communities.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559