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Federal Minister Bergen launches new call for proposals to help Canadians with disabilities obtain jobs

Summary: 
The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, addressed the Fifth Annual Forum on Inclusion in Ottawa, just days ahead of International Day of Persons with Disabilities which occurs on December 3.

The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities (OF) assists Canadians with disabilities to prepare for, obtain and keep employment, or become self-employed, to help them participate fully in the economy and increase their independence. The reforms introduced on Dec.1 will provide work experience to more youth with disabilities, ensure employers and community organizations are involved in the design and delivery of projects and place a greater emphasis on hands-on work experience and targeted employment supports with employers.

The Opportunities Fund is being strengthened in support of three key goals:

  • to better support youth;
  • to increase the amount of practical, hands-on work experience that comes from these projects; and
  • to better target in-demand jobs.

Read more about the call for proposals and the Opportunities Fund.

 

Inclusion BC's Ready, Willing & Able program aims to increase the employment rate of British Columbians with a developmental disability. The province and the country have a huge pool of Ready, Willing & Able workers but we need to open the doors of employers.

Read more about Ready, Willing & Able.