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Providers Working with Job Seekers

Persons With Disabilities

There are specialized employment and other support available to persons with disabilities.  In many cases, the individuals will need to be referred to the Employment Support programs by the Ontario Disability Supports Program.  It should be noted that many of the Employment Ontario Centres and other service providers also offer specialized equipment to accommodate disabilities. 


The resources are organized as follows:




Employ-Ability - A national program developed for Canadians with disabilities aimed at preparing participants for future employment opportunities; includes identifying capabilities, exploring career options, researching the labour market and setting employment goals.


Employment Accessibility Resource Network (EARN) Ottawa - United Way-led community initiative that brings together employers and service providers with a goal of increasing opportunities for meaningful employment for people with disabilities. Click here to go directly to their brochure.


Neil Squire Society - We have identified what works for our clients and we have continued to help people change their lives by improving their skills and boosting their self-confidence while making the most of their abilities. Programs include: Employment programs, Computer tutoring, Online learning, and Ergonomic and Assistive Technology Services.


ODSP Employment Support - Services to help people with disabilities get ready for work and find a job, or start up their own business.


Working Together (Neil Squire Society) - Our wage subsidy program helps persons with disabilities find and maintain employment. Job seekers are connected to employers for a minimum of six months, and are employed with the intention of long-term employment. No cost to qualifying clients; serves people with all types of disabilities.




Distance Computer Comfort - One-on-one computer tutoring available online anywhere in Canada. Tailored to individuals with disabilities all across Canada, it allows for a flexible learning schedule without having to leave the home.


ODSP Income Support - Helps people with disabilities who are in financial need pay for living expenses, like food and housing.


Ontario Disability Supports Program (ODSP) 1.800.267.5111 - This MCSS program provides eligible people with disabilities with financial help and help finding a job; applicants can apply online to check eligibility for this and other social assistance programs at

Reach Canada - Offers lawyer referral and educational services to improve the quality of life for citizens with disabilities.




March of Dimes Canada 1.877.695.7999 - Employment Services for persons with physical disabilities, including: CanVet Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Community Coordinator Project, ODSP, Employment Ontario.





Canadian Hearing Society Employment Services - Helps culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing individuals find a job, and works with employees and employers to put the right supports in place to help you both succeed. Referrals to the many programs and services offered at CHS.


CNIB Career and Employment Services - Information and resources to build job skills and achieve a satisfying career. Get one-on-one support in exploring career interests, pursuing job opportunities, networking or building your presentation skills. Learn about tuition and wage subsidies that may be available to help you access training or start a new job.


CNIB CareerConnect Canada - Provides Canadians with vision loss the opportunity to connect with others and participate as either job seekers or Mentors using the AFB CareerConnect platform.





Association pour l'intégration sociale d'Ottawa (AISO) - Provides employment support services, as well as various residential and day programs with opportunities for community involvement, for francophones aged 18 and over with an intellectual disability.


Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) 1.855.376.3737 - A single point of access for all adult developmental services funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services; click here for Developmental Services Ontario Eastern Region (DSOER) which serves Ottawa.


Distinct Programmes Inc. - An ODSP Service Provider that assists both candidates and employers during the pre-hire, hiring, and initial transition period of employment; can also provide long-term monitoring to ensure the ongoing success of candidates and sustained satisfaction of their employers.


LiveWorkPlay - Helps the community welcome people with intellectual disabilities to live, work, and play as valued citizens, offers powerful guidance as to our perspective on exclusion and our strategy for inclusion; has shifted its employment supports and social programs to a new community-based model.


Ottawa Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OCAPDD) - Provides support to persons with developmental disabilities, in every aspect of life whether seeking work opportunities, securing living arrangements, or dealing with day-to-day tasks.


Owl Employment Program - This program is designed to assist individuals with developmental disabilities secure and maintain work experience/internships or paid employment.


Service Coordination for People with Development Disabilities - Central point of access for persons with a developmental disability in the Ottawa region; intakes, Case Management support, refer people to existing community programs and services; funded by MCSS and MCYS.


Vocational and Life Skills Training Centre (formerly Frank Emmett Work Centre) - Assists members to learn marketable work skills and life skills enabling them to live independently and enter competitive employment in the community. 


Y's Owl Maclure Co-operative Centre Inc. - In partnership with the Community, creates daytime opportunities, including employment, for people with disabilities.





Anxiety Disorders Association of Ontario 1.877.308.3843 (Information Line) - Website provides information on programs, getting help and resources for those with anxiety disorders, as well as a comprehensive Links page for more tools and support.


Canadian Mental Health Association - Provides information on how to take care of your mental health, get the facts about mental illness, and find help for yourself or others.


Causeway Work Centre - Provides Employment and Training Services, as well as Social Enterprises, for individuals with mental health issues.


Mental Health Works – Employee Supports - Tips, guidelines and a video to help employees approach their employer or co-workers about a mental health problem, or prepare for a return to work after disability leave.


Workplace Strategies for Mental Health - Mental Health Resources page provides employees with access to knowledge and tools to help increase awareness about mental health; includes a Workplace Mental Health Quiz.


See also the Mental Health Issues section on the Supporting Clients in Crisis page.




Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa Carleton - Promotes increased awareness and respect for persons with learning disabilities (LDs) and provides support, guidance, resource materials, programs and opportunities or sharing information and concerns; offers educational workshops.




A Service Provider’s Companion to Disability and The Justice System - Prepared by Reach Canada; available in English in HTML, PDF and French in HTML, PDF)


ALIS: What Works – Persons with Developmental Disabilities - A counsellor resource with career-building strategies for working with persons with developmental disabilities, prepared by the Government of Alberta.

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