For Agencies

As of January 2019, the EmploymentWorks program has been successfully delivered at 10 sites across Canada in over 60 program cycles. Get on board!

For Participants

Looking for work? Unsure where to start? If you also have a diagnosis of autism or another disability, EmploymentWorks might just be for you!

For Mentors

Mentors provide support, reinforcement, and positive role modeling and in turn, develop communication, leadership, and people skills. Volunteer today!

For Employers

Meet individuals that are known to be reliable and dedicated employees that can excel in the workforce. Opportunity is knocking!

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Great ideas are born from great partnerships.

The Sinneave Family Foundation & Autism Speaks Canada

In 2014, The Sinneave Family Foundation, Autism Speaks Canada and the Government of Canada's Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program, made a commitment to improve employment outcomes for individuals with autism through the Worktopia Project. EmploymentWorks, a legacy of that project, is a shining example of what can be accomplished when a national network of agencies share this same commitment and vision. As of January 2019, EmploymentWorks has reached over 500 individuals with autism across Canada. The program has benefited from successful delivery at 10 agencies and the learnings of over 60 program cycles. The best news? We didn't stop there. Our shared accomplishments resulted in a renewed commitment to expanding program delivery to include individuals with other disabilities and to serve rural and less populated areas. I invite you to explore this website to see how you can get involved in the momentum of EmploymentWorks.

Building momentum beyond the program. On behalf of The Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Speaks Canada, we would also like to invite you to visit www.worktopia.ca to learn more about a national network working together to CHANGE THE ODDS of employment success for individuals with autism. Every voice counts.

Tanya McLeod, President
The Sinneave Family Foundation

Jill Farber, Executive Director
Autism Speaks Canada

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Impact Stories

The program speaks for itself. Check out some of the EmploymentWorks impact videos below:
Impact Story

Participant

Maureen shares her experience in the EmploymentWorks program and how it helped her prepare for her job as a prep cook with the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Watch to hear more about her employment journey.
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Parent

Hilda describes the experience of the EmploymentWorks program for her daughter Jessica, and how it helped her to gain confidence, explore different areas of vocational interest and to develop and practice skills that she will be able to use throughout her life.
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Employer

Grant, a Sous Chef with the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation describes the benefits of partnering with the EmploymentWorks program, and the opportunity it provides to help develop the skills of potential future employees and build industry capacity.

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Participating Agencies

500+

Participants

300+

Employers

16000+

Job Sampling Hours