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CanWork App

What is it?

CanWork promotes independence and builds confidence by helping people with cognitive challenges complete work-related tasks successfully. Virtually any task can be broken into a sequence of easy-to-follow steps. For a given task, a user might initially go through the activity with a support person or family member. Together, they may take photos of each step in the task. Notifications ensure each work shift is brought to the user's attention in a timely manner.

Key features

  • shift scheduling: once scheduled, the app shows the current or upcoming shift on launch
  • shift notifications: the user is notified the day before a shift, 30 minutes before a shift starts, and 10 minutes before a shift ends
  • comprehensive task support: tasks include day-before and same-day preparation, as well as work on-the-job duties
  • task sequencing: breaks each task into an easy-to-follow sequence of steps with optional photos
  • contact within the app: call or SMS caregivers, job coaches or colleagues within the app

Who is it for?

CanWork is especially beneficial to people who have difficulty performing activities that require following a sequence of steps, including those with:

  • Brain injury
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Dyslexia, literacy challenges, etc.


To report a problem with the app, please email


CanAssist is grateful to the Vancouver Foundation for supporting the creation of the CanWork app.

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