Dec 05 2012

Persons with Disabilities


Monday, December 5, 2011

Speaker: The Honourable Andrew Scheer

Oral Questions


Mr. Mike Sullivan (York South—Weston, NDP):


Mr. Speaker, we are in danger of leading a generation of disabled Canadians behind. Most disability programs are linked to employment and the government is ignoring the jobs crisis in Canada. How are disabled Canadians supposed to access programs that depend on employment, like long-term disability, when they are having trouble finding a good job in the first place?


Where is the government’s job plan? Why is it waiting to act?


Hon. Diane Finley (Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, CPC):


Mr. Speaker, we want to ensure that everyone has full inclusivity in all aspects of society, including the disabled. We have agreements with the provinces for labour market agreements with persons with disabilities so that on the ground, where the needs are best known, the provinces can help deliver the help that the disabled need to get the skills to get the jobs.


We have also made it possible and easier for them to finance and access post-secondary education and to make the payments of loans easier. We have even made over 600 community buildings across Canada more accessible. Unfortunately, the NDP voted against that.



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