Federal government announces more than $237,000 for ASNL to deliver programs in rural areas

November 9, 2020 · St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

The Government of Canada is making strategic investments to ensure a safe and sustainable economic recovery, while also focusing on the health and well-being of all Canadians. As the economy reopens, the federal government will always put Canadians first and work to build a better and more inclusive Canada for everyone.

Government support helps to broaden the reach of ASNL programs

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, today announced a non-repayable contribution of $237,986 for the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador (ASNL) to deliver its employment programs in rural areas of the province.

This initiative enabled the ASNL to hire three full-time program delivery employees for its Clarenville, Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook offices. The two-year project will benefit up to 90 individuals living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and prepare them for future employment opportunities. It will also enhance the society’s capacity to provide consistent programming to the broader ASD community. 

Today’s announcement is further proof of the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting all Canadians through this difficult time and to building a stronger, inclusive economy. Initiatives like this one will help get Atlantic Canadians back to work and ensure that everyone can fully participate in Canada’s economic recovery. 

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