Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, is encouraging eligible organizations to apply for funding to help connect Canadians with disabilities with jobs. “Our top priorities are job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity, and I know that employers across this country, and our region, are looking for workers,” said Zimmer. “Through the Opportunities Fund program, our Government is helping 1,600 Canadians with disabilities get jobs,” he says. According to a recent survey by the Bank of Montreal, 56 percent of small businesses in Canada have never hired anyone with a disability. When asked why they had not, the most common answer from small business owners was that they do not know how to recruit them. The Harper Government is taking action to address this problem by working with small business owners to help connect willing workers with jobs.
The Harper Government will partner with eligible organizations such as businesses, not-for-profit organizations, Crown corporations and educational institutions to develop and manage large—scale national projects. Organizations have until Nov. 16, 2012 to apply. Information is available at www.servicecanada.gc.ca.