• Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Helping People with Disabilities Find Jobs

July 06, 2021

BROCKVILLE— The Ontario government is investing over $380,000 in a free, virtual program led by Career Services Brockville to prepare up to 160 people with disabilities for careers in food and hospitality. Through this program, participants will develop both sector-specific and transferable skills to safely prepare them for work. Details were provided today by Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, who was joined by Raymond Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility, and Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. “Our pandemic recovery must include giving people a hand up and spreading opportunity more widely and fairly,” said Minister McNaughton. “This innovative project will prepare people with disabilities for good jobs in the food and hospitality sector that strengthen their families and make our communities stronger.” The program will provide 160 people at local schools, job fairs and employment centres an opportunity to see what it would be like to work in various positions in the food and hospitality sector. Following this introduction, those who demonstrate they are likely to succeed will then move forward to five to 20 hours of guided learning, where they will use the virtual reality tool, VjobReady, to develop skills such as taking customer orders, food preparation or dealing with clients at point of sale. “We are building a stronger and more inclusive Ontario through our government’s Advancing Accessibility framework,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “This program opens doors for people facing barriers to employment and is an important way we are enabling everyone who wants to participate in our economy.” The virtual reality training sessions will be provided in person through partner agencies in Kingston, Ottawa, Niagara and Brockville, with participants doing their sessions between September 27, 2021, and March 15, 2022. All participants will be supported by Career Services Brockville to find further training and jobs. Some will also receive paid job placements with local employers, with wage subsidies f