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Workforce Development for People with Disabilities Program

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.

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-related 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.

Individuals

Individual applicants are eligible to receive funding support for the disability-related costs of their participation in education, training and employment programs, or to pay for an assessment to determine the impact of disability on training, education and employment.

Examples of disability-related supports include technical aids, tutoring, attendant care, note taking, interpreting and specialized transportation.

When educational-related supports are required, the student must apply for funding through Student Financial Assistance before WFD-PD. Grants for disability-related needs are accessed by applying to the Student Loans Program.

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.

To learn more about disability-related supports that are eligible for funding under this program, please contact one of our Labour Market Services offices.

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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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