A new workplace attendant support program will help more Nova Scotians with disabilities enter, and succeed in, the workforce.
Up to $20,000 per client is available annually, based on income.
Melissa Myers has long advocated for the program, which is allowing her to work on a database project for Autism Nova Scotia.
“Over the past three years, I have worked long and hard on this program, and to see it finally come to fruition is extremely gratifying,” said Ms. Myers. “Without this support, it would not have been possible for me to obtain employment. My hope is that it will help people overcome employment barriers across Nova Scotia.”
Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard said the program will encourage employers to hire people with disabilities.
“Melissa’s story is an example among what I hope will be many more in the near future,” said Ms. Bernard. “Nova Scotians with disabilities have skills and knowledge, and government has made their full inclusion in the workplace a top priority.”
This year, $225,000 will be invested, with $400,000 added in the next fiscal year.
The program is available through a renewed federal-provincial Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities, and is managed by Independent Living Nova Scotia.