Belonging To Community

People with Disabilities

In Ottawa only 43% of people with disabilities participate in the labour market compared to 70% of the general population.

By providing people with disabilities with employment opportunities, you also give them a pathway out of poverty.

Our community goal:

Help create meaningful employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

How we're getting there:

Working with 28 stakeholders signed on to the Employment Accessibility Resource Network (EARN) Ottawa Initiative — bridging the gap between employers and service providers — creating more job opportunities for people with disabilities.


  • 1,116 people with disabilities received the help and skills they needed to find employment through front-line programs offering training, work or volunteer placements, career development and mentoring.
  • 75% of people with a severe mental illness who participated in a rural employment skills program found a job and increased their financial independence.

Learn more about how we're helping People with Disabilities

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