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Posted May 18 , 2010
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Economic Development

Government of Canada helps people with disabilities in Kitchener become self-employed

KITCHENER — People with disabilities will get help starting their own business as a result of the Government of Canada’s support for Lutherwood, an employment services organization. Mr. Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

“This program is a great example of how our community invites participation from everyone, regardless of special needs,” said Mr. Woodworth. “I’m proud our government is lending a helping hand.”

Lutherwood will receive $110,925 under the Self-Employment component of the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. This project will help 16 people with disabilities gain the skills they need to become self-employed.

“It is exciting to see New Frontier participants overcome challenges as they realize their dream of self-employment,” said Ms. Cathy Harrington, Director of Employment Development Services for Lutherwood. “These new business owners grow and flourish along with their ventures. This funding will enable us to continue to help individuals with disabilities start and operate their small businesses, which ultimately results in social and economic benefits for our entire community.”

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to get jobs and contribute to the their communities.

The Opportunities Fund helps support an array of activities, such as increasing employability skills, providing work experience and preparing individuals for self-employment. The Government of Canada is committed to breaking down barriers that prevent Canadians with disabilities from reaching their full potential with a wide range of effective policies, programs and services.

The Fund is part of the Government of Canada’s strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. The Government underscored its commitment to this strategy in Canada’s Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada’s Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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