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Job Journey

Formally known as TeenWork and AccessWork, we are delighted to introduce Job Journey. This employment program serves youth and adults who self identify as having a disability or mental health barrier to employment. 


We offer free First Aid and Food Safe training, paid workshops, in-person and virtual 1:1 job coach support, help building a resume and cover letter, interview prep, onsite job support and so much more! 


Ages 15+ are welcome to fill out our referral form and email it to us at and we will get back to your shortly. 


We are welcoming referrals starting on September 11th 2023. We will be hosting workshops in October 2023 and February 2024. 


For any questions about eligibility or program supports, please give us a call or send us an email. 

CanAssist's Job Journey (formally known as TeenWork and AccessWork) supports youth (15+) and adult job seekers in finding work. The program serves participants in BC’s Greater Victoria Region with diagnosed or self-identified disabilities, including mental health challenges.

In the program, Job Coaches work with participants in groups or 1:1 to learn pre-employment skills, write resumes and cover letters, practice interviews, and prepare for employment. The program provides practical skill-building workshops and access to certificate training (e.g., WHMIS, First Aid, etc.).

Job Coaches can also support participants with job searching and developing job opportunities. While working, they provide on-site support if necessary.   

The focus of support is to help participants find meaningful and sustainable paid employment!

If you are interested in joining the Employment Program, please fill out our referral form and email it to Melissa MacEwan at


CanAssist has partnered with Power To Be to bring you a 12-week employment program for those who are 18-25 and self-identify as having a disability.

If you are interested in joining the Landscaping and Restoration Employment Program, please fill out our referral form and email it to Melissa MacEwan at

WHAT: A 12-week Employment program starting in August that builds landscaping and restoration skills as well as employment skills to support employment opportunities in landscaping and gardening.

WHO: Ages 18-25 who self-identify as having a disability. Must enjoy the outdoors, physical labour and working for 6 hours a day.

WHERE: At Power to Be’s location, on Prospect Lake in Victoria BC. Must have access to transportation to and from the site.

WHY JOIN: You will be paid to attend all 12 weeks. You will get 1:1 support from a job coach. Free training, including First Aid. And a work clothes/gear allowance.

DETAILS: This program uses horticulture and permaculture principles, land-based learning, Indigenous ways of learning, to build landscaping and restoration literacy and support community connections. 

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