Opportunities Fund will help Canadians with Disabilities

October 11, 2012

For Immediate Release

October 11, 2012

Opportunities Fund will help Canadians with Disabilities

Ottawa, ON – Recently, The Honourable Dianne Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, announced the launch of the new Opportunities Fund that will connect 1,600 Canadians with Disabilities find jobs.

The Opportunities Fund will help people with disabilities who have little or no labour force attachment prepare for, obtain, and keep employment or become self-employed. The fund will support projects that help Canadians with disabilities develop a broad range of skills and work experience they need to participate in the job market.

“Supporting Canadians with disabilities and ensuring that all Canadians have an equal opportunity to work and be active in the job market is very important,” said Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. “I am very pleased that the Opportunities Fund will support Canadians with disabilities not only in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound but indeed across Canada.”

The Government will partner with eligible organizations such as businesses, not-for-profit organizations, Crown corporations and educational institutions to develop and manage large-scale national projects that aim to support Canadians with disabilities in their effort to find a job. Organizations will have until November 16, 2012 to apply.

For more information on the Opportunities Fund please visit; http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/of/index.shtml.

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