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Government of Canada helps Canadians with disabilities in Brockville gain job skills
Posted On 02 May 2015

Brockville, Ontario– Employment and Social Development Canada

The Government of Canada is helping Canadians with disabilities gain the skills they need to become entrepreneurs. The announcement was made today by Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds–Grenville, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development.

St. Lawrence College is receiving over $111,000 from the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities for its project to help 12 people with disabilities in Brockville overcome barriers to employment.

Project participants will benefit from group workshops and one-on-one training to learn or improve entrepreneurial skills, such as developing business plans and managing finances. They will also receive coaching to help them start their own businesses.

Since 2006, the Opportunities Fund has helped 40,000 people with disabilities across Canada. This is part of the Government of Canada's overall strategy to equip all Canadians with the skills and training they need to connect with available jobs.

Today's announcement is one example of what the Government is doing to help Canadians. To help hard-working families, the Government is also enhancing the Universal Child Care Benefit, introducing the Family Tax Cut and making improvements to the Child Care Expenses Deduction and the Children's Fitness Tax Credit.

Quick Facts

  • To provide more demand-driven training solutions for people with disabilities, the Government's Economic Action Plan increased funding to $40 million annually to the Opportunities Fund. Employers and community organizations will be involved in designing and delivering training projects.
  • The Government provides $222 million annually to the provinces and territories through Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities to help Canadians with disabilities develop skills to improve their job prospects.
  • Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government provided $15 million over three years to the Canadian Association for Community Living to help connect people with developmental disabilities with jobs. It also provided $11.4 million over four years to the Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Speaks Canada to expand vocational training programs for people with autism spectrum disorders.
  • The Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) would increase from $100 to $160 per month (totaling up to $1,920 per year) for children under the age of 6, and parents would receive a new benefit of $60 per month (up to $720 per year) for each child aged 6 through 17.

Source: Government of Canada-News Release

 
 

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