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Government of Canada Helps People With Disabilities in Prince George Develop Job Skills

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 21, 2010) - People with disabilities will get help preparing for jobs as a result of the Government of Canada's support for Kopar Administration Ltd. Mr. Dick Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo–Prince George, 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. Harris. "By supporting this project, our government is helping Canadians with disabilities maximize their potential and independence."

Kopar Administration Ltd. will receive $392,409 under the Community Coordinator component of the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. This project will help 45 people with disabilities gain the skills they need to enter the labour market.

"I would like to thank the Government of Canada for their support of the Skills Quest project," said Mr. Tom Newell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kopar Administration Ltd. "Our team strives to assist clients with increasing their quality of life. This funding will help us to break down barriers and assist those with disabilities access opportunities and learn new skills."

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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BACKGROUNDER

Kopar Administration Ltd. is a non-profit organization in Prince George that provides employment assistance to individuals facing barriers to employment. It offers services that enable individuals to increase their quality of life through work opportunities, volunteer placements or training. Between April 1, 2010, and July 29 , 2011, the organization will provide 45 individuals with disabilities with enhanced employment assistance services and one-on-one support that will help them prepare for, obtain and maintain employment.

The Community Coordinator component of the Opportunities Fund helps Canadians with disabilities who have little or no work experience, and who are not eligible for Employment Insurance benefits. The Fund works with community organizations and the private sector to support projects that help Canadians with disabilities develop the skills and work experience they need to participate in the job market.

Community Coordinators are organizations that are selected to receive funding from Service Canada to deliver employment-related assistance through their own programming to their own clients. The Community Coordinator's programs must be similar to those run by the Employment Insurance Commission, and must develop funding guidelines that reflect those of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.





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