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TD Bank Financial Group provides $100,000 to fund unique project OTTAWA, Nov. 26 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres (CAILC) and TD Bank Financial Group today announced the launch of the Virtual Independent Living Resource and TD Bank Financial Group Employment Web Portal at TD Bank Financial Group contributed $100,000 towards this unique project that will assist Canadians with disabilities in their efforts to find employment as well as resources and tools to enable increased participation in their communities. "For the first time, Canada now has a national online resource available to assist persons with disabilities in finding the information, means and opportunities they need to live independently," said Tim Hockey, Group Head TD Personal Banking, Co-Chair TD Canada Trust. "As one of Canada's largest employers, TD has been steadily improving and enhancing its recruitment initiatives and this new site will be a great tool for us to use as well." CAILC and its network of 28 Independent Living Resource Centres provide programs and services for over 250,000 Canadians with disabilities including sensory, physical, psychological and intellectual. The CAILC website has nearly 60,000 visitors per month, a number that is expected to increase with the new services available. "The partnership we have developed with TD Bank Financial Group addresses an important priority we both share - the drive to enhance employment and independent living opportunities for Canadians with disabilities," said Traci Walters, National Director, CAILC. "TD has a strong commitment to making a difference together in communities across Canada and we believe this new online resource is a great step towards helping persons with disabilities reach their career and personal goals," said Beth Grudzinski, Vice President, Diversity Initiatives and Programs, TD Bank Financial Group. There are approximately 4.5 million Canadians living with a form of disability. The launch of the site is in advance of the United Nation's International Day of Disabled Persons, which this year appropriately focuses on "Decent Work for People with Disabilities." For further information: Linda McGreevy, CILCA, (613) 563-2581 ext. 21, Cell: (613) 720-5549; Jennifer Martin, TD Bank Financial Group, (416) 983-6473

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