[email protected] is a wage subsidy program offered by PEI Council of People with Disabilities (PEICOD). It’s now in its fourth year helping clients obtain ongoing employment.
The program assists persons with disabilities to find part-time or full-time work. Private sector, non-profit organizations, and municipal employers receive a 50 percent wage subsidy for up to 22 weeks. This can help offset the costs of hiring new employees.
“Clients and employers are being served better than ever,” says Roy Codling, PEICOD Community Coordinator.
“We have increased the number of clients we have been able to serve,” he adds, noting people with disabilities who can only work part time are now included.
“Average wages of these positions range from minimum wage to $17 per hour, which are fair market rates in most sectors.
“In addition to building partnerships with employers, agencies and various levels of government, we have increased the income levels of 163 family units, which assists in their economic wellbeing.”
Roy says [email protected] compliments other services the organization offers, especially the Employment department, where from 2018 to 2019, 108 clients secured employment and 89 individuals participated in training or paid work placements.
[email protected] is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.