Funding to increase jobs from Burnaby to Maple Ridge

October 17th, 2013

As part of Community Living BC’s employment strategy, a $100,000 investment will support a pilot project designed to strengthen employment services so more adults with developmental disabilities from Burnaby to Maple Ridge can find and keep work.

While touring the region today, Social Development and Social Innovation Minister Don McRae gave the opening remarks at CLBC’s conference, At the Heart of It All: Practice that Promotes Quality of Life.

Earlier this year, CLBC launched a three-year Community Action Employment Plan with three large scale regional pilot projects in the Central and Upper Vancouver Island, Thompson-Cariboo and Simon Fraser regions. These initiatives will create inclusive local employment strategies, establish regional job targets and develop best practices that can be applied across the province.

This dedicated funding for the region will support the development and implementation of a localized employment strategy. Focus will be on the unique qualities, employers and needs of the area, raise awareness of the contribution adults with developmental disabilities can make in workplaces and build sector capacity to help adults who want to work gain access to employment.

Progress to date since the pilot was announced for the Simon Fraser region (Burnaby to Maple Ridge) in April 2013 includes:

  • training opportunities for contracted service providers, high schools, colleges, and WorkBC Employment Services Centres to support adults with developmental disabilities in customized and self employment
  • hired a full-time regional employment coordinator
  • consultation by self-advocate trainers with four self-advocate groups and three employment professional groups to map local resources , capacity and activities
  • planning consultation with family members
  • quarterly regional round table for employment professionals

The Community Action Employment Plan has established a target of 1,200 jobs for adults with developmental disabilities over the next three years. For a full copy of the plan, click here.

This work complements a wide-range of housing, inclusion, individualized funding and community supports CLBC provides to over 15,000 adults with developmental disabilities in B.C. through a network of contracted service providers and community offices.


Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation Don McRae

“The regionally focused employment plans and dedicated funding that CLBC is providing will go a long way to better support adults with developmental disabilities who are looking to work, to help with youth transition planning, and to provide that extra support needed to ensure people are successful in their workplace.”

CLBC interim CEO Doug Woollard

“Many of the over 15,500 individuals CLBC supports want to work and have the independence that can come with earning their own pay cheque. Through the Community Action Employment Plan, CLBC is working with the Employment Program of BC, community partners, employers, self advocates and families to have 1,200 more people with diverse abilities employed across the province by 2016.We will continue to build on the strong, dedicated and effective networks, resources and initiatives that are the people we serve create more independent and inclusive lives.”

Jessie – self advocate employed by Marv Jones Honda in Maple Ridge

“I would like to thank my Mom for her constant support, Marv Jones and my Honda ‘family.’ In the future, I am hoping to learn new skills and go to college. For everyone thinking about work- keep looking, don’t give up and you will find a great job.”

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Community Living BC

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