Funding targets back to work program

Ottawa commits $298,000 to help people with disabilities to develop the skills and experience they need to find jobs.

The Greater Victoria Economic Development Association received more than $298,000 this week from the federal government to help fund a program for people with disabilities to develop the skills and experience they need to find jobs.

GVEDA’s project will provide up to 48 participants with entrepreneurial training, coaching, networking opportunities and mentoring to help prepare them for self-employment.

Over a 24-week period, participants will attend entrepreneurial workshops, prepare their own business plans and learn how to set up a business.

Each week, they will attend a three-hour workshop designed to help them explore and implement their business ideas.

Participants will also have dedicated time each week to complete their assignments and conduct market research. In addition, they can benefit from monthly one-on-one mentoring.