Opportunity Funds Vlog Transcript
Hi, my name is Amar, I am a volunteer with the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Employment Counselling Department.
I would like to talk about WIDHH’s new Opportunity Funds Program.
There are three different components that make up this program.
First, is Target Wage Subsidy. How this works is WIDHH will make an agreement with a potential employer to supplement your income for the first two months of employment.
WIDHH will also be able to provide some financial assistance for living expenses and pay for clients to participate in some short term training. For example, Food Safe, First Aid, etc.
The Opportunity Funds Program starts January 2nd, 2018 and runs until June 29th, 2018.
During this time, participants will be developing skills to become employment ready. They will be eligible to receive some financial assistance for living costs, transportation, interpreters, training, accessibility needs, ie: hearing aids, FM Systems, Flash alarms, etc.
Those eligible to participate in this program must be Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deaf Blind, be unemployed, working less than 28 hours a week or underemployed, a Canadian Citizen, not have received EI within the last three years, and live in the Lower Mainland.
For more information about this new program please contact WIDHH staff members Marco or Melissa, their email addresses are below!