Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 10, 2010 09:00 ET

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

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2010) - People with disabilities will get help preparing for jobs as a result of the Government of Canada's support for Houselink Community Homes. The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, 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 Flaherty. "By supporting this project, our government is helping Canadians with disabilities maximize their potential and independence."

Houselink Community Homes will receive over $88,000 under the Enhanced Employment Assistance Services component of the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. This project will help 16 individuals with disabilities gain the skills they need to obtain jobs.

"Houselink helps people rebuild their lives—for most that begins with a friend, a home and a job," said Mr. Brian Davis, Executive Director, Houselink Community Homes. "With this investment, the Government is enhancing critical employment supports that encourage mental health recovery, allowing our members to make significant contributions to their communities." 

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 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

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Houselink Community Homes is a non-profit organization that provides housing to people living with mental disabilities. The project participants will attend workshops that focus on topics such as résumé preparation and networking. They will also benefit from work experience placements that will enable them to put into practice the knowledge and skills gained through the workshops.

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
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office