Organization in Saguenay creating inclusive skills training for Canadians living with ADHD 

March 1, 2024              Saguenay, Quebec              Employment and Social Development Canada

Canada’s job market continues to evolve, offering new opportunities and areas for growth for Canadians. Now more than ever, it is critical that we expand and strengthen our workforce and get Canadians the skills and resources they need to thrive. That is why the Government is investing in projects that will help Canadians improve their foundational and transferable skills.

Today, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pascale St-Onge, on behalf of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, Randy Boissonnault, visited Saguenay to highlight nearly one million dollars in funding to Association PANDA Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean which has helped create skills training opportunities and inclusive supports for Canadians with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Association PANDA Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean received this funding in 2021 from the Skills for Success Program through a solicited call for proposals process.

Association PANDA Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean’s innovative project, “Compétences à venir,” promotes its inclusive training tools and interactive web platforms to Canadians in both official languages, with the goal of improving access to skills development for Canadians with ADHD., These online tools help individuals build organizational skills by strengthening their memory at work through communication, teaching problem solving through collaboration and managing emotions. This project is among many that are helping to contribute to the Government’s commitment to create 500,000 new training and work opportunities for Canada, as announced in Budget 2021.

Minister Saint-Onge highlighted this investment during a visit to Association PANDA Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean which was founded more than 25 years ago by a group of parents with children that have ADHD. For more information on the online tools made available through Association PANDA Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean’s innovative project, please visit

The Government of Canada’s Skills for Success Program focuses on nine main skills that Canadians need to participate, adapt and thrive in learning, work and life. They include foundational skills, like writing, reading and numeracy, and socio-emotional skills—the human skills required for effective social interaction, such as collaboration, communication, problem solving, adaptability, and creativity and innovation.

Today’s announcement supports the Government’s ongoing actions to increase training opportunities for Canadians. It also responds to the immediate and long-term training needs of Canadians, particularly for under-represented groups in the labour market, including persons with disabilities, racialized Canadians, Indigenous peoples, members of official language minority communities and newcomers.

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