Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

December 03, 2007 15:51 ET

The Honourable Monte Solberg Recognizes International Day of Disabled Persons

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2007) - On December 3 of each year Canadians mark the International Day of Disabled Persons.

This year's theme is "Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities." Our government supports people with disabilities and promotes their participation in Canadian society.

Our government is helping Canadians with disabilities who face barriers to work force participation. We extended Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities to help Canadians with disabilities get the skills they need to secure meaningful long-term employment. The Working Income Tax Benefit will provide up to $500 for individuals and up to $1,000 for families, and will include an additional supplement for low-income working Canadians with disabilities. As well, we have announced Skills Link funding for people with disabilities to help young people who face barriers to the work force find and keep good jobs.

Budget 2007 also announced several other initiatives to address the needs of Canadians with disabilities. We committed $45 million over three years to the creation of an Enabling Accessibility Fund to contribute to the cost of improving physical accessibility for persons with disabilities. The Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation has received $30 million to help translate research into practical benefits for Canadians living with spinal cord injuries. The Mental Health Commission of Canada will lead the way toward a national mental health strategy.

People with disabilities contribute to the wonderful diversity of Canada, and they deserve the same opportunities as everyone else. As Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, I recognize that not only is it the right thing to do-our prosperity as a nation depends on it.

I invite Canadians to take time today to celebrate the International Day of Disabled Persons.

Monte Solberg, P.C., M.P.

Minister of Human Resources and Social Development

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