Finding Employment Supports

National Resources

Built Network
BUILT Network, a project of the National Network for Mental Health, is a skills development program whose objectives are:

  • To provide participants with skills development opportunities in a supportive environment that leads to employment.
  • To develop and maintain a network of community employers who provide employment opportunities for participants.
  • To increase participants' self-esteem and self-confidence while reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues in communities.
  • To provide a caring peer support network for participants.

Canadian Mental Health Association
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a nation-wide, charitable organization that promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. CMHA has branches across the country that provide community mental health support.

The following resources are published by CMHA National and are available on their website:

  • Steps to Employment: A workbook for people who have experienced mental health problems. This workbook is designed to help make the process of finding and starting a new job both manageable and successful.
  • Consumers Speak About Getting a Job. This article addresses barriers to employment including resume time gaps and related issues. It is written for consumers seeking competitive employment.
  • Strategies for Success: A Consumer's Guide to the Workplace. Written by a consumer for other consumers, this resource provides useful guidelines on what to expect when entering a new job and what will be expected of you.

Persons with Disabilities Online
Is funded by the Government of Canada through Human Resources and Social Development Canada, Industry Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and Transport Canada. Persons with Disabilities Online seeks to provide access to services and information for persons with disabilities, family members, caregivers and all Canadians. Their employment section provides the following resources:

Service Canada
Service Canada provides information and access to a wide range of Government of Canada programs and services for citizens. Service Canada can help you find a new full-time or part-time job in the private or public sector, as well as provide access to income support services. The free tools available include:

  • Help for searching job listings.
  • Creating a resume.
  • Choosing a career.
  • Assessing your skills.

Employment Services and Training Assistance
Employment Services and Training Assistance offers free career counselling services for clients including:

  • Resume and cover letter development.
  • Profiles of available work in regions across Canada.
  • Links to training and career websites.
  • Information and links to career counsellors.
  • Opportunities to assess and develop your essential skills.
  • Employment support for immigrants.

To inquire about the availability of career counselling services near you, contact the employment services center in your area as listed on this site.

WORKink
WORKink is an online career development and employment portal for Canadians with disabilities. This site provides:

  • Job search tools.
  • Career guidance.
  • Resources pertaining to education and employment.

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