Non-profit organizations can now apply for the second round of the Province’s Work Experience Opportunities Grant to help deliver work experience placements to British Columbians with disabilities and people facing multiple barriers to employment.
“Many people with disabilities and people with persistent multiple barriers have lost their jobs or are having difficulty finding work in a labour market that’s been severely impacted by COVID-19,” said Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.
“The Work Experience Opportunities Grant provides them new ways to participate in, and benefit from, B.C.’s economic recovery.”
The $10 million dollar grant helps eligible, provincial non-profit organizations and federally registered charities provide 12-week work experience opportunities for people with disabilities and multiple barriers who are eligible for disability benefits from the Province and Government of Canada.
Non-profit organizations can also partner with businesses for work experience placements.
“The Chase Hamper Society is extremely excited to have been awarded the chance to provide adults with diverse abilities an opportunity to take part in the Work Experience Opportunities Grant,” said Maureen MacDonald, executive food bank manager, Chase Hamper Society.
“The Chase Hamper Society will employ three individuals from the community who will learn the operations of their local food bank. We are excited to welcome these individuals as part of our food bank family.”
Organizations can apply for $5,000 per participant, to a maximum of five participants. The grants include a stipend for participants and are projected to help 2,000 British Columbians gain the work experience needed for long-term employment opportunities. Applications will be accepted until midnight, Feb. 16, 2021.
“This grant provides funding to eligible non-profit organizations in B.C. to help them deliver inclusive employment supports and opportunities to some of our most vulnerable and under-represented citizens,” said Niki Sharma, Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development and Non-Profits.
Eligible participants include people with the provincial Persons with Disabilities designation, Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers status and Indigenous peoples on reserve who have the equivalent federal designation.
the end of the work placement, participants can receive help from WorkBC
centres to leverage their work experience into other employment opportunities.
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