Employment and community activities

Employment and Community Activities

In Quebec, as of the time we developed the strategic plan in 2014, 500 adults waited up to 4 years for employment programs and over 300 adults waited up to 3 years for daytime activities. You can learn more about the many challenged faced by our populations by viewing the video below:

The Centre for Innovation is working with community and public sector partners to develop a pilot model of services to prepare individuals for a fulfilling life post-schooling and will also work with employers to build their capacity to successfully employ individuals with ASD and ID.

Our first initiative in the employment domain are two employment preparedness training prorgams for teenagers and young adults with ASD named CommunityWorks Canada® and EmploymentWorks Canada. These 10 to 12-week pre-employment programs are aimed towards individuals with autism ages 15 to 29 that are seeking opportunities to develop the skills necessary to obtain meaningful and sustainable paid employment. The programs incorporates peer and co-worker support and use adult learning principles to develop and practice social, communication and employment skills in a variety of workplace settings and teams. 

The CommunityWorks Canada® and EmploymentWorks Canada programs are part of the Worktopia initiative and are sponsored by The Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Speaks Canada, and is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program.