After 23 years of existence, the Adaptation Committee of the workforce (OMB) for people with disabilities will close on 31 August. The Commission on the labor market partners, its only donor, did not renew the funding agreement.
“We feel that this closure will cause significant harm to people with disabilities in their efforts to training and employment integration,” said in an interview Claude Séguin, CEO of CAMO for persons with disabilities. Not wanting to fuss, he quietly released the news Tuesday on the website of the organization.
CAMO, who received an annual government funding of $ 520,000, was to promote access to training and employment of people with disabilities, including by raising awareness and educating business managers. Seven people lost their jobs.
“The decision to close the OMB is the result of several reflections, says Florent Francoeur, president of the Commission of labor market partners. that we realized there was a problem of representation of disabled people in customer and that during the last seven years, the structuring effects of integration were not there. ”
The Commission of Labour Market Partners prefers to transfer his investment in direct services to people with disabilities, says Francoeur. Regional initiatives will be funded up to $ 450,000 per year, while an advisory committee ($ 70,000 annually) will identify obstacles to hiring people with disabilities. Informed in November of its imminent closure, the OMB has nevertheless given a transition period to meet its obligations.
A “HEAVY LOSS”
The organization Tied, dedicated to promoting and defending the rights of people with motor disabilities, describes the closure of “heavy loss”.
“It is fundamental that we lost. OMB had a unique mission, it was a rare interface between people with disabilities and all sectors of business, “says Benoit Racette, community organizer.
“In 2005, 55% of the population aged 15-64 with disabilities had annual revenues of less than $ 15,000, according to the Statistical Institute of Quebec,” said Mr. Racette. The best way to get these people out of poverty is to enhance their employability, he insists. “We have a generation of students who arrive at the doors of the labor market. We must not let them down. They have much to offer. ”
“The labor market has changed, employers are much more receptive today suggests Francoeur. Is the OMB, created 20 years ago, meets today’s needs? It was concluded that the return on investment was not enough. ”
CAMO, we welcome the news with perplexity. “Several partners from different backgrounds have praised our work, have defended our cause. But the decision is final, sorry Mr. Séguin. Who will take over our mission? No body was manifested. “Many advances will be quickly forgotten, he fears.