Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

August 10, 2011 11:00 ET

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

WALKERTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 10, 2011) - People with disabilities will get work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. MP Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament for Huron—Bruce, 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 MP Lobb. "By supporting this project, our government is helping Canadians with disabilities maximize their potential and independence."

With assistance from the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, Community Living Walkerton and District will provide 30 people with disabilities with life and employability skills workshops and work placements. The experience is intended to help participants prepare for lasting employment.

Community Living Walkerton and District will receive over $85,000 under the Enhanced Employment Assistance Services component of the Opportunities Fund.

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BACKGROUNDER

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 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 to people with disabilities to help them integrate into the workplace.

The Opportunities 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.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559