Larry Maguire Announces Funding to Help Westman Residents with Disabilities Gain Job Skills

Brandon, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris announced the Government of Canada is helping Westman residents with disabilities gain the skills and experience they need to find jobs.

Career Connections is receiving $44,527 from the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities for its project to help people with disabilities in Southwestern Manitoba overcome barriers to employment.

"Canadians with disabilities deserve every opportunity to participate in the job market, and that's why partnerships with organizations like Career Connections are so important," said Maguire. "Through this project, people with disabilities in Southwestern Manitoba will gain the skills and experience they need to succeed in the workforce."

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.

"To support Canada's long-term prosperity, we must ensure that everyone who wants to work has the opportunity to do so," concluded Maguire.

Quick Facts

  • To provide more demand-driven training solutions for people with disabilities, the Government's Economic Action Plan is increasing 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 the Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government is providing $15 million over three years to the Canadian Association for Community Living to help connect people with developmental disabilities with jobs. It is also providing $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.

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