M-430 – Strengthening Employment for Canadians with Disabilities

That, in the opinion of the House, the government endorse the report entitled "Rethinking disAbility in the Private Sector", the report of the Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities and its findings, and commit to further building public-private cooperation by:

(a)     Building on existing Government initiatives, such as the Opportunities Fund; the Registered Disability Savings Plan; the ratification of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and the Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities;

(b)     Issuing a call to action for Canadian employers to examine the expert panel's findings and encouraging employers to take advantage of private sector-led initiatives to increase employment levels for persons with disabilities in Canada;

(c)     Pursuing greater accountability and coordination of its labour market funding for persons with disabilities and ensuring that funding is demand driven and focussed on suitable performance indicators with strong demonstrable results;

(d)     Establishing an increased focus on young people with disabilities to include support mechanisms specifically targeted at increasing employment levels among youth with disabilities, through programs such as the Youth Employment Strategy;

(e)     Strengthening efforts to identify existing innovative approaches to increasing the employment of persons with disabilities occurring in communities across Canada and ensuring that programs have the flexibility to help replicate such approaches.