WELCOME TO ACCESSWORK

A work experience program assisting adults (19+) with a disability or mental health challenge find meaningful, paid work experience in the Greater Victoria area 

 
 

We know that people with disabilities bring a diverse range of skills, qualifications, and experience to the workplace, but they continue to face multiple social and work-related barriers that make it harder to find and keep jobs. There’s still a long way to go to ensure folks with disabilities get equitable access to employment opportunities and flourish in the Canadian workplace. That’s why we’re here to help.  

 1 in 5 Canadians have one or more disabilities.

 

That is 6.2 million people. 

59% vs 80%

Among those aged 25 to 64 years, persons with disabilities were less likely (59%) to be employed than those without disabilities (80%). 

1 in 3 people with disabilities require at least one workplace accommodation to be able to work. 

AccessWork is built on the successful employment programs TeenWork and CanWork. CanAssist, dedicated to supporting people with disabilities improve their quality of life, rolled out TeenWork in 2009 and has since supported 140+ young adults with disabilities find and retain part-time employment.

We believe that searching for and retaining employment sets youth up for more financial independence, it teaches transferable skills and enables participants to expand their employability.

Job Coaches will provide individualized support throughout every step of the program, and are able to support participants on-site to ensure everyone is set up for success.