The announcement was made yesterday on behalf of Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, by the MP for York-Simcoe, Peter Van Loan and the MP for Pickering-Scarborough East, Corneliu Chisu.
The pair revealed that the Youth Education Arts and Health (YEAH) Foundation would be receiving over $334,000 from the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.
The money will be used to fund group workshops and one-on-one training sessions aimed at improving employment skills such as time management and effective communication.
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.
“Through projects like this one, our Government is helping people with disabilities get the skills needed to obtain jobs, while also enabling employers to benefit from their skills and talents,” said Van Loan.
“Canadians with disabilities deserve every opportunity to participate in the job market,” added Chisu. “Through this project, people with disabilities, including youth, will gain the skills and experience they need to succeed in the workforce.”
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MPs have announced further government funding will be channelled into helping disabled Canadians gain the skills and experience they need to find jobs.