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Apply for Workforce Development for Persons with Disabilities

The Workforce Development for People with Disabilities (WFD-PD) program provides funding that helps each person prepare for, find and keep a job. Funds are limited. We do not approve all applications. Program objectives, eligibility and how well you meet the criteria determine the level of support.

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1. Benefits

The program is designed to:

  1. Provide people with disabilities with the supports and skills required for participation in the labour force;
  2. Remove barriers that people with disabilities face in preparing for, obtaining and maintaining employment; and
  3. Assist employers who include people with disabilities in their workforce.
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2. Eligibility

WFD-PD provides assistance to individuals, community-based organizations and employers to help minimize the impact of disability on education and employment.

Applications can be made by any:

  • Individual adult who, because of a disability, requires specialized supports in order to prepare for, obtain and/or maintain employment
  • Community-Based Organization who conducts assessments or provides disability-specific career and employment services
  • Employer who requires specialized support to hire an individual with a disability

 

Community-Based Organizations

The program will consider project-based applications developed by community-based organizations. Any proposal submitted must show a direct link to mainstream employment and must address and document individual needs.

Employers

Employers who are hiring a person with a disability can receive support for the disability-related costs of accommodating that person. Typical accommodation costs would include productivity supports, technical supports, job coach and job shadowing. Generally, capital costs will not be approved.

Criteria

  • Funding must support a resident of Saskatchewan 16 and over who, because of a disability, will require extraordinary supports to prepare for, obtain or maintain employment.
  • Funding supports are for disability-related costs only.
  • Funding may be used to conduct an assessment to determine the impact of disability and the supports required for successful employment.
  • Funding is contingent upon confirmation of disability and a description of the supports needed in an individual Career Action Plan.

The action plan must focus on employment with attention to disability-related costs and must encourage the use of mainstream programs wherever possible.

Eligible Support Costs

Individual supports are intended to address exceptional disability-related costs and must be specific to education or employment settings.

Support includes:

  • Training on the job;
  • Vocational and work assessments;
  • Psycho-educational assessments;
  • Job coaching;
  • Support for employers; and
  • Disability-related costs for a wide variety of post-secondary education and training programs.

Disability supports do not include equipment, services or support required by the participant’s peers (i.e. co-workers, other students, business competitors).

Learn more about disability-related supports that are eligible for funding under this program.

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3. How to Apply

Individuals can request WFD-PD support by contacting the nearest Labour Market Services office.

Individuals who are enrolled at a post-secondary institution should contact their student support office (or disability support office) about accessing WFD-PD support for their education.

Some community-based organizations administer WFD-PD funding directly in order to assist their clients with disability-related needs.

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4. Apply

Complete and submit both a Labour Market Services Registration Form and the appropriate form:


All applications must include:

  • A career goal.
  • Rationale: Why is the support required? This should be a description of how the intervention will help the individual to participate in the labour force.
  • A listing of measures, both short-term and long-term, that will be required to attain the goal.
  • Descriptions of extraordinary disability costs necessary to participate in programs of study and other employability-related activities.
  • Disability-related costs.

Funding is contingent upon disability status and a description of the supports needed. The disability-related costs must be identified, and the application must demonstrate use of existing and mainstream programs wherever possible.

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5. Further Information

Applicants will be notified directly about the result of their funding application.

Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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