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Government of Canada Helping Persons With Disabilities in Edmonto

Government of Canada Helping Persons With Disabilities in Edmonton Succeed in Job Market

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2010) - Persons with acute mental health disabilities will get help preparing for jobs as a result of the Government of Canada's support to Distinctive Employment Counselling Services of Alberta. Mr. Peter Goldring, Member of Parliament for Edmonton East, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that all Canadians have the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Goldring. "By supporting this project, our government is helping persons with acute mental health disabilities maximize their potential and independence."

Distinctive Employment Counselling Services of Alberta (DECSA) will receive $335,118 under the Community Coordinator component of the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. This project will provide 44 individuals with medically stabilized acute mental health disabilities with a chance to gain the skills they need to obtain jobs.

"On behalf of DECSA and its Board of Directors, I would like to thank the Government of Canada for their support of our local employment project," said Mr. Darrel Regehr, Executive Director of DECSA. "DECSA is strongly committed to the Edmonton community, and works to eliminate barriers to employment in a changing world and create a society where all people are valued, respected, and have the opportunity to work to their full potential."

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

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Distinctive Employment Counselling Services of Alberta is a non-profit organization that develops services designed to assist individuals with employment barriers, such as employment preparation, vocational counselling and placement services. Between February 15, 2010, and February 15, 2011, the organization, through its Assets for Employment - A Job Placement Service for Persons with Mental Illness project, will deliver employment services to 44 individuals with mental health disabilities to help them make the transition to the labour market. The project will provide each participant with client and case management services, and will require the participants to each develop a work plan that meets their unique needs.

The Community Coordinator component of the Opportunities Fund is designed to support projects that help Canadians with disabilities develop a broad range of skills and work experience they need to participate in the job market. It is available to eligible organizations that enter into agreements with eligible participants and employers in support of activities that further Opportunities Fund objectives.

For more information, please contact
Office of Minister Finley
Michelle Bakos
Press Secretary


Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Media Relations Office

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