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Jun 21, 2013
Government of Canada helps people with disabilities in Nova Scotia gain job skills


Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 21, 2013—The Government of Canada will help people with disabilities in Halifax, Truro and Amherst develop the skills, knowledge and experience they need to find jobs. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
“People with disabilities face particular challenges entering the job market and that’s why partnerships with organizations like TEAM Work Cooperative are so important,” said Minister MacKay. “Our government’s top priorities are creating jobs and economic growth. To support Canada’s long-term prosperity, we must ensure that everyone who wants to work has the opportunity.”
TEAM Work Cooperative is receiving more than $343,000 from the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities to help people with disabilities overcome barriers to employment.
Based on their individual job plans, participants will benefit from a number of supports such as work experience, financial assistance for skills training or business coaching for self-employment.
“Thanks to the Government of Canada, we will assist job seekers with disabilities by providing them with short term work experiences”, said Janice Ainsworth, Executive Director of TEAM Work Cooperative. “This has proven to be a positive step for both the job seeker and the employer on the journey to employment. The funding also includes skills development and assistive devices for work site accommodations.”
Canadians with disabilities have a tremendous amount to offer employers, but they remain under‑represented in the workforce. That is why Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2013 proposes to provide ongoing funding at $40 million per year for the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, starting in 2015–16, to help more people with disabilities train for in-demand jobs. Employers and community organizations will be involved in project design and delivery.
EAP 2013 also introduces other measures to support people with disabilities. These include a new generation of Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities, an extension of funding to the Enabling Accessibility Fund to improve physical accessibility and research on the labour market participation of people with disabilities.
In addition, Economic Action Plan 2012 announced the creation of a Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. The Panel identified private sector successes and best practices in employing, retaining and accommodating Canadians with disabilities in the workforce, and better connecting these workers with potential employers. Based on the Panel’s recommendations, Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes investing $2 million to support the creation of the Canadian Employers Disability Forum to facilitate education, training and the sharing of resources and best practices on the hiring and retention of people with disabilities.
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For more information, contact:
Jan O’Driscoll
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills DevelopmentCanada
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