University of Victoria

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AccessWork, CanAssist’s newest program, supports adults (19+) who self-identify as having a disability or mental health challenge find paid work opportunities in Victoria. The program follows the same pathway as TeenWork and CanWork, helping job seekers with various education and work experience find meaningful and sustainable employment.

AccessWork matches participants with Job Coaches who offer customized support in performing a job search, building strong resumes and cover letters, excelling in interviews, strategizing workplace supports, and learning communication, time management, and self-advocacy skills. Participants attend blended online and in-person workshops and receive optional on-site job support. Through the programs’ strengths-based, person-centered approach, participants are able to build confidence, achieve greater financial independence, gain optimism about the future, and find opportunities to realize their potential.

By hiring participants, employers benefit from pre-screened applicants and can access wage subsidies, thanks to funding from the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund. Employers can also work with CanAssist staff to co-create customized positions that satisfy business needs while playing to each participant’s strengths.

AccessWork is ideal for adults 19+ who self-identify as having a disability or mental health challenge, who are looking for work, and who are committed to the sometimes-challenging employment process. Medical documentation is not required to participate in the program.

For more information on how to apply to AccessWork, or to hire a participant, please call (250) 721-8828 or send an email to

*Please note: AccessWork is a small-scale project with limited participant capacity.


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