The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today announced that the Government of Canada is now accepting project proposals from organizations interested in receiving funding through the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.
People with disabilities have much to offer employers, but they remain under-represented in the workforce. Through programs such as the Opportunities Fund, the Government of Canada provides support to help people with disabilities enter the labour market, thereby contributing to the growth of the middle class.
There are two separate calls for proposals: one at the regional level and one at the national level. Both regional and national applicants can apply for the Skills and Employment Stream. National applicants can also apply for the Working with Employers Stream.
The Skills and Employment Stream offers funding for projects that provide people with disabilities with work experience and training to develop employment-related skills.
The Working with Employers Stream provides funding for projects that raise awareness and help employers create inclusive workplaces. Possible activities include developing employer policies and procedures to accommodate prospective employees with disabilities, supplying inventories of unemployed people with disabilities to employers experiencing labour shortages, and facilitating information sessions supporting the hiring of people with disabilities.
Eligible applicants in all provinces and territories can submit proposals until Tuesday, March 6, 2018.