Vancouver, British Columbia— Today, the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Q.C., Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Delta-Richmond East attended the first annual Abilities in Mind (AIM) conference. The event brings together employers, service providers and individuals with disabilities to promote understanding and exchange best practices.
“Our Government is striving to remove barriers to employment for people with disabilities by helping them get the right skills and training and encouraging employers to create inclusive workplaces,” said Minister Findlay on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. “We need all of our available skilled and talented Canadians at work in the interest of the future health and competitiveness of our economy.”
Canadians with disabilities have a tremendous amount to offer employers, but they remain underrepresented in the workforce. That is why, through Economic Action Plan 2012, the federal government invested an additional $30 million in the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities and created a Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities to examine successes, best practices and barriers to employing people with disabilities.
The Government of Canada supports numerous other programs and initiatives to promote the inclusion and full participation of people with disabilities in Canadian society including the Registered Disability Savings Plan, the Enabling Accessibility Fund, Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities, and post-secondary education assistance measures for students with disabilities.