Social enterprise constructing new woodworking shop, storage area to expand capacity

July 15, 2021 · Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Organizations that provide training and vocational opportunities for people living with challenges help ensure that Canadians of all abilities have a chance to participate fully in the economy. That is why the Government of Canada is investing to help the Regional Occupational Centre Society (ROC Society) of Port Hawkesbury to expand its vocational space and allow members to gain valuable work experience in a safe environment. 

Federal government supports economic inclusivity

Today, Mike Kelloway, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton-Canso, announced a non-repayable contribution of $73,076 to the ROC Society. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

This investment will support the construction of a three-room workshop, which will house a dedicated woodworking area that will be accessible year-round. This new space will streamline production and create up to six vocational opportunities for individuals with disablities. It will also help the ROC Society meet growing local demand for its wood products, crafts and gift items in its storefront location. 

Investments like this one demonstrate the Government of Canada’s commitment to build a stronger and more resilient Canada, and create opportunities for diversity and inclusion in the country’s workforce.