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National Strategy for Labour Market Integration and Maintenance of Handicapped Persons

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The National Strategy for Labour Market Integration and Maintenance of Handicapped Persons is designed to achieve employment equality and enhanced labour market participation for people with handicaps.

The Strategy proposes a balance between labour market stakeholders’ responsibilities in areas such as hiring and workplace adaptation, and areas requiring government contributions or involvement.

One of the broad objectives of the Strategy is to mobilize labour market players and involve them in the necessary efforts to ensure that more people with disabilities enter the labour market and remain employed for a longer period of time.

Strategy highlights:

  • Additional investments of $142.8 million over a five-year period, including $102.6 million from the Québec government and $40.2 million from private businesses.
  • Increased funding for employment integration contacts (CITs), to enable 2,750 people with handicaps to enter the labour market over the next five years.
  • Gradual increase in the Programme de subventions aux entreprises adaptées (grant program for adapted businesses) in order to create 825 new jobs by 2013.
  • New work premium for people with a severely limited capacity for employment.
  • Work income supplement for long-term recipients of financial assistance who find employment.
  • Increase in the refundable tax credit for an on-the-job training period to 40% and double the number of hours of supervision.
  • New front-line assistance for employers 1 866 640-3059 (centralized toll-free number) Send an email.
  • Better regional collaboration between stakeholders.
  • Better representation of people with handicaps in the Québec public service.
  • Gradual increase in the number of trainees in the Québec public service.
  • Addition of the handicapped persons group to the Programme d’obligation contractuelle (contractual obligation program).
  • Better school integration and school-to-labour-market transition for young people with handicaps.
  • Skills development and recognition for adults with handicaps.


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