Congratulations, Joey Curl

Opportunities Fund participant Joey Curl has been working as part of the Tim‘ Horton’s crew on Major’s Path since November of 2021. Kim Andrews, General Manager says “Joey is an amazing person; he is so dedicated and hard-working. His spirit is like the sun, always bright and shining. He brings joy to our store every day.

As a provincial community coordinator for the Opportunities Fund for People with Disabilities Program, we bring employees and employers together by providing a wage subsidy for employers to hire people with disabilities. Opportunities Fund is funded by the Government of Canada under Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). This program provides a subsidy of 60-80% contribution of the current minimum wage rate to a maximum of 36 weeks. Employers will contribute 20-40% of participant’s wages as well as the mandatory employment-related costs (MERCS) and Workers Compensation Fees.

Participants are offered dependent care and transportation where appropriate and required. Short-term training courses, disability supports, and adaptive technology are available to all participants should they be required for a successful transition to the workforce.

This program is for work-ready individuals of all ages, who identify with a disability to help them prepare for, obtain and maintain employment. Applications are available to people with disabilities seeking employment as well as employers who are hiring; all applications are assessed with the goal of sustained employment.

To learn more, please contact Payla Hayes at or Rachel Warren at

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