University of Victoria

Together we CanAssist.

About Us

Who are we?

CanAssist is an organization of the University of Victoria that is dedicated to helping people with disabilities improve their quality of life and to increasing awareness of disability issues. Since its early days as a small volunteer venture, CanAssist has had a direct impact on the quality of life of many thousands of people with disabilities and their families. Unique in North America, CanAssist takes a client-focused approach to provide customized technologies and innovative programs where there are gaps in existing services.

At CanAssist, we...

  • are a core team of about 20 professionals - including engineers, software developers and program coordinators - who are dedicated to helping people of all ages and from across the disability spectrums to increase their independence and quality of life;
  • are part of UVic's vibrant campus, with ready access to its outstanding faculty, students, research facilities and administrative resources;
  • have engaged thousands of students and faculty over the years in our activities, in areas such as technology development, working with clients, research, volunteering, classes and workshops;
  • raise awareness of disability issues on campus, in the local community and beyond; and
  • reflect the University of Victoria's commitment to community engagement and disability issues and its leadership in these areas.


As part of the University of Victoria, CanAssist enjoys access to the university's superior infrastructure and administrative resources. Our day-to-day operational costs are funded largely by donations, service contracts, project-specific grants and commercialization opportunities. We are always looking for such partnerships in order to offset the cost of running our program. Learn more about CanAssist by exploring the links to the left.

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