Ready, Willing and Able Phase II
The government has announced that they will be committing $12 million over three years to fund phase II of the Ready, Willing and Able Employment Program. The Nova Scotia Association for Community living, and our national organization, the Canadian Association for Community Living, applaud the federal government's efforts to make Canada accessible and inclusive for all.
RWA is one of the most successful national employment initiatives of its kind in Canada. Since 2015, RWA has reached out to over 8000 employers, and has actively engaged with over 4000 of those employers to facilitate 2300 jobs for persons with an intellectual disability or autism in 20 communities across Canada. This investment will help even more job seekers with an intellectual disability or autism find meaningful work and break down the policy and systems barriers that keep this group from employment.
In honour of this big announcement, we paid a visit to one of our community members, Melissa. Melissa was apart of the RWA program two years ago. The program gave her skills and guidance that allowed her to secure three job interviews and land two job offers. Melissa was thrilled and chose to work at Subway. Today, two years later Melissa is still working at Subway and loving it. She says that the best part of her job is that she can "be independent and do more stuff." She also shared that she also likes making new friends at work, both co-workers and customers. Ready, Willing and Able has had such a positive impact on Melissa's life in community and we are so excited for this amazing program to continue to help Canadians find meaningful employment through phase II.