The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, along with the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, announced support to help employees return to work following a disabling injury or health issue.
Under the Workplace Opportunities: Removing Barriers to Equity (WORBE) program, the National Institute for Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) will receive $125,000 for a project that will improve return‑to‑work and disability management programs in federally regulated private-sector industries.
WORBE is providing up to $500,000 annually for projects that aim to improve the representation of people with disabilities, women, Aboriginal peoples and members of visible minorities in federally regulated workplaces.
“In Canada, we depend on the skills of our workers to keep our economy strong. When everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the workforce, we all benefit. This funding will provide employers with the tools they need to support employees with a disability as they reintegrate into the workforce.”
– The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
“To support long-term prosperity, Canada needs qualified people to participate in the labour market. We are proud to support projects like NIDMAR’s because they help ensure that every Canadian who wants to work has the support to do so, and enable employers to benefit from their skills and talents.”
– The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North
“Providing stable employment for workers who acquire a mental or physical impairment is essential to them maintaining their independence and participating fully in their community. The IDMSC Return-to-Work/Disability Management program assessment is a tool currently being used successfully in many countries around the world. Thanks to the Government of Canada’s support, Canadian employers will now be able use this tool to enhance their current RTW/DM programs, policies and practices.”
– Wolfgang Zimmermann, Executive Director for the National Institute for Disability Management and Research
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada.
For further information: Andrew McGrath, Director of Communications, Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P., Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, 819-953-5646, firstname.lastname@example.org; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, email@example.com