The Ontario Trillium Foundation has announced it will be supporting individuals who have an intellectual disability to transition from school to work by investing $530,100 over 36 months into Community Living Mississauga’s HIRE (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) program.

The HIRE program works with local school boards to provide education to teach staff and support networks about employment as well as prepare students for work through in-class workshops, summer employment opportunities and co-operative education placements that transition to paid employment after the student graduates.

The program supports students who have an intellectual disability to prepare for future employment opportunities and will enhance people’s economic wellbeing by supporting people to find and keep meaningful employment.

“We are very happy to receive this funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” said Keith Tansley, Executive Director of Community Living Mississauga. “This support of the HIRE program will do more than just prepare young people who have an intellectual disability for future job opportunities; it will prepare them for life.”

The HIRE program will be coordinated through Community Living Mississauga’s Employment Resource Centre, a team which currently supports more than 280 people in jobs through 185 employers throughout Mississauga.

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca.