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Government of Canada supports jobs and opportunities for youth and Canadians with disabilities in Newfoundland and Labrador

ST. JOHN’S, Nov. 28, 2014  /CNW/ – The Government of Canada is helping 70 youth and Canadians with disabilities develop the skills and experience they need to find jobs. The announcement was made today by Senator Fabian Manning on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development.

Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador is receiving more than $450,000 from the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities and the Skills Link program for two projects to help 38 people with disabilities, including youth, overcome barriers to employment. Assistive devices, such as screen readers, will also be supplied to some participants to enable them to participate more fully in the workplace.

Also through the Skills Link program, the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work is receiving more than $325,000 and the St. Barbe Development Association is receiving more than $90,000 to help 32 youth, including many with disabilities, find jobs.

In all four projects, participants will develop the skills and experience they need to make a successful transition into the job market or return to school. They will learn or improve employment skills, such as time management and computer skills, and gain hands-on work experience with local employers. Many participants will also obtain practical certification, such as Red Cross Standard First Aid training.

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.

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Our Government’s top priorities are creating jobs and economic growth. To support Canada’s long-term prosperity, Canadian employers must tap into all available talent. The projects announced today will help both youth and Canadians with disabilities in Newfoundland and Labrador get the skills and experience needed to obtain jobs in today’s economy.
– The Honourable Fabian Manning, Senator

Ensuring the prosperity and growth of our economy goes hand in hand with providing Canadians with the skills to enter and remain in the labour force. Initiatives like Skills Link and the Opportunities Fund help connect people with disabilities and youth with jobs while ensuring that Canada’s economy benefits from the skills and talents of all Canadians.”
– The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development

“Through our continued partnership with the Government of Canada, Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador is able to assist persons with disabilities to develop the skills necessary to be competitive in the workforce and ultimately secure long-term sustainable employment.”
Mark Lane, CEO, Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador

“Government of Canada funding allows the CCRW to provide youth with a wide range of disabilities the opportunity to learn employability and life skills in a supportive and respectful environment. This helps prepare them for the workplace and provides them with the skills necessary to secure and maintain employment, including meaningful and practical work experience. The CCRW could not carry out this project without support from the Government of Canada.”
Meghan Kelly, Youth Employment Counsellor, Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work

“With funding from the Government of Canada, the St. Barbe Development Association is able to continue our work in helping youth break down barriers to employment and help connect youth with jobs. With this funding, youth across Newfoundland and Labrador, and in particular  the St. Barbe area of the Great Northern Peninsula, can gain hands-on experience and get the skills needed to obtain and keep jobs.”
Gloria Toope, Executive Manager, St. Barbe Development Association

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