Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities Program Information
The overall objective of the Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities (LMAPD) is to improve employment outcomes of persons with disabilities by enhancing employability skills, increasing employment opportunities for individuals and increasing labour market participation rates. There are three program areas of funding available through LMAPD. These program areas are funded by both the Province of Nova Scotia and the Government of Canada under the terms of the Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities.
To be eligible to benefit from a program funded under LMAPD an individual must:
- be considered a person having a disability (physical, mental health, learning, cognitive, intellectual) and there is a realistic possibility of attaching to the labour market as a direct result of receiving goods or services through an LMAPD funded program
- be a resident of Nova Scotia, at least 16 years of age and not currently under the jurisdiction of the provincial education (public school) system
- be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who is a resident of Nova Scotia.
Applications from individuals in the following circumstances would not be considered eligible for funding:
- individuals who have made a claim under the Worker’s Compensation Act, Veteran’s Rehabilitation Act (Canada), Canada Pension Plan, or through private insurance companies;
- individuals seeking supports for programs or services that are primarily health-care related expenses primarily oriented toward medical treatment;
There are three programs funded under the 2014-2015 Nova Scotia Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities:
- Skills Work – LMAPD
- Work Activity Program
- Workplace Support Program
- Technical Aids and Assistive Devices Component
- Workplace Attendant Support Component
Skills Work – LMAPD
Funding is available to community based service providers for projects focusing on activities that support participants to connect to employment opportunities. Projects may offer pre-employment intervention activities, job specific skill development activities, job coaching supports and work experience opportunities. Applications are available through the Labour Market Program Support System (LaMPSS). Program guidelines can be found at http://www.novascotia.ca/coms/esslampssguidelines/skillswork/index.html.
Workplace Support Program
The overall objective of the Workplace Support Program is to improve employment outcomes of persons with disabilities by increasing labour market participation rates. There are two components to the Workplace Support Program - 1)Workplace Attendant Support component and 2) Technical Aids and Assistive Devices component. The Workplace Support Program is funded by the Province of Nova Scotia and the Government of Canada under the terms of the Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities(LMAPD) with the goal of improving the employment situation for Nova Scotians having disability.(Program Guidelines)
Funding through the Workplace Attendant Suppport component of the Program is intended to support individuals having a significant disability who are starting an employment opportunity and require supports related to the performance of the job. This program is intended to support individuals that have employment in the competitive labour market only. The program is not intended to support individuals who are self-employed. (Support Application)
Funding through the Technical Aids and Assistive Devices component of the Program is intended to support individuals having a disability who are currently employed or are starting an employment opportunity in the competitive labour market and require supports to do the job. (Technical Aid Application)
Work Activity Program
The Work Activity Program is a program initiative limited to the six existing Work Activity Programs in the Province, Horizon Achievement (Employment Development Program), Futureworx, Solutions Learning Centre Work Activity Program, Metroworks, Peopleworx, and the South Shore Work Activity Program. Funding is provided to these six eligible agencies to assist Nova Scotian's experiencing employment barriers, including persons with disabilities, to achieve entry, or return, to work or school. This program is a partnership between the Department of Community Services, Employment Support Services and Labour and Advanced Education, Employment Nova Scotia and all funding agreements under this Program are managed by Employment Nova Scotia.