Canadian Down Syndrome Society Employment Resources

People with Down syndrome have a right to be employed in the community, where they can work alongside people of all abilities and earn fair compensation.  These following resource links can provide the information needed to help guide decisions about their careers, different places of employment and how they can have meaningful work in their communities.

Supported Employment Position Statement

The CDSS’s position statement on supported employment has been developed to explain our view on supported employment and issues facing the Down syndrome community.

CDSS Employment Planning Workbook

Whether you are a 14 year old teenager with Down syndrome thinking about a part-time job; an 18 year old who is wondering what to do after high school; a 29 year old who is reassessing what kind of career path to follow, or anywhere in between, this workbook was built for you!  CDSS developed this easy read resource to help people with Down syndrome and their families start conversations about finding work and begin preparing for the work world.

Click here for the Employment Planning Workbook

CDSS Down Syndrome Answers

Anyone can get a job they enjoy! The best person to answer a question about Down syndrome is a person with Down syndrome.

Click here to view video

CDSS Employment Success Stories

Inclusive employment; when people with disabilities are given fair and equitable access to decent, meaningful work, fair pay and working conditions, and opportunities for social inclusion; is an important mandate for the Canadian Down Syndrome Society. When people with Down syndrome are included in all aspects of society, including the work force, they thrive and society thrives.

Below are some uplifting stories of successful employment in our community. Click on each image to read more

Canadian Supported Employment Resources

Government of Canada, Hiring Persons with Disabilities

Inclusive workplaces are good for business. Find out why. Find out how.
Click here to find more information

Ready Willing & Able, Building an Inclusive Labour Force

Funded by the Government of Canada and active in 20 communities across the country, RWA is designed to increase the labour force participation of people with an intellectual disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Click here to learn more about Ready Willing & Able

CASE, The Canadian Association for Supported Employment

CASE is a national association of community-based service providers and stakeholders working towards the Employment Inclusion of people with disabilities. This Association strives to promote full citizenship and personal capacity for persons with disabilities through the facilitation of increased labour market participation and outcomes. Through such workforce participation, CASE also supports social inclusion for Canadians with disabilities.
Click here to find more information on the CASE website

ODEN, The Ontario Disability Employment Network

ODEN has over 140-member agencies, all in the business of helping people with a disability get into the workforce. Members are from every corner of the province and support people of all disability types. Beyond Ontario, we have connections with organizations in most provinces and territories of Canada.
Click here for more information on the ODEN website


MentorAbility is a national supported employment initiative that provides an opportunity for education and awareness to be shared between employers and people experiencing a disability in communities across Canada.
Click here to find more information

Provincial Employment Resources

BC Centre for Employment Excellence, Programs for People with Disabilities

Inclusion Alberta Rotary Employment Partnership Program

Inclusion Saskatchewan, Employment and Transitions Program

Manitoba Possible. Employment Preparation Centre (EPC)

Employment Ontario

Quebec Employment Assistance for Persons with Disabilities

Newfoundland Employability Assistance for Persons with Disabilities

New Brunswick, Achieve Your Goals Promoting Employment and Education for Persons with Disabilities

Prince Edward Island Association for Community Living

Nova Scotia Workplace Support Program

Yukon Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

Inclusion NWT, EmployABILITY & Employment Support Program

Nunavut Inclusive Workplace