Governments of Canada and Quebec announce a new job training deal to help people with disabilities find jobs

Governments also highlight progress made on co-delivery of online placement and Job Bank services

July 6, 2015 – Québec, Quebec – Employment and Social Development Canada

Today, the Governments of Canada and Quebec signed the renewal of the 2014–2018 Canada–Quebec Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities (LMAPD). The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, along with Mr. Sam Hamad, Quebec Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity, also highlighted progress made on the co-delivery of online placement and Job Bank services.

The LMAPD provides funding for programs that help people with disabilities find and keep jobs. With increased employer engagement and a stronger focus on demonstrating the best possible results for Canadians, the new generation of job training deals for people with disabilities will better connect Canadians with available jobs. Under this job training deal, Quebec has the flexibility to determine how to best address the needs of Canadians with disabilities, while helping Canadian businesses benefit from their skills and talent.

“Today’s announcement is one example of what the Government is doing to help Canadians. The new job training deal for people with disabilities will increase employer involvement and better connect residents of Quebec with available jobs.”

The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development

This new funding is in addition to the significant investments that the Government of Quebec already makes to the programs administered by its Department of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Department of Health and Social Services.

The ministers also announced that they began discussions on sharing online placement services. The discussions focused on how the Government of Quebec could make use of the federal government’s Job Bank resources to modernize its own online placement service.

The agreement was signed at Groupe TAQ, an adapted business located in Québec, Quebec. Groupe TAQ’s mission is to facilitate the socio-professional integration of people with disabilities by offering them good, stable and permanent employment.

Quick Facts

  • Approximately 300,000 interventions are provided annually for people with disabilities through over 100 programs across the country.
  • To provide more demand-driven training solutions for people with disabilities, the Government’s Economic Action Plan is increasing funding to the Opportunities Fund. Employers and community organizations will be involved in designing and delivering training projects.
  • Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government is providing support to the Canadian Association for Community Living to help connect people with developmental disabilities with jobs. It is also providing support to the Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Speaks Canada to expand vocational training programs for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Job Bank is Canada’s free one-stop job listing website. Job Bank is the Government of Canada’s main resource for employment information such as job descriptions, wages, required education and work experience, current job opportunities and future forecasted demand. The website generates approximately 6 million visits every month.
  • The Online Placement website is a portal to employment services and resources launched in 2001 and administered by the Government of Quebec, where employers can publish job offers and job seekers can post their résumés. The website generates over 10 million visits a year.


“The Government of Quebec is committed to stimulating the labour market and creating prosperity throughout the province. To do this, we must take action to make it easier for more people to enter the workforce and better connect workers with available jobs, which is what makes today’s announcements so important. These initiatives will improve access to the labour market for people with disabilities, as well as help employers fill available jobs.”

Mr. Sam Hamad, Quebec Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region

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