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CommunityWorks Canada (CWC) is a federally funded program that provides opportunities for teens to work at a wide range of volunteer organizations to gain pre-employment experience. The program encourages and enables participants to learn more about their communities, develop valuable work experience, and enhance social and communication skills.

The program serves high school students, ranging in age from 15-21 years of age. It enrolls 12 participants: 6 individuals with ASD and 6 peer mentors, all of whom are committed to volunteering. Participants attend a minimum of 4 organizations throughout the community to volunteer and sample various work tasks. Motivating social activities are embedded throughout sessions to support friendship-building and enhance social-communication skills. Program cycles run for 12 weeks, 1 day per week for 2.5 hours.

CWC is an evidence-informed program, utilizing teaching techniques proven effective by scientific literature. The program targets individualized goals for each participant addressing social-communication and soft skills related to employment. Additionally, group goals are targeted consisting of areas of development common to all participants, including personal presentation, transitions, engagement, level of effort and quality of work. Goals are determined based on observation, evaluation tools, as well as parent and client input. Data is taken throughout the program and evaluation tools are used to assess program effectiveness and participant goal progression. Upon program completion, participants receive a detailed report highlighting their amazing progress.

If you’d like to participate in CommunityWorks Canadaâ, please contact Jamie-Lynn Black, Clinical Supervisor, at 902.593.1015 or email for more information.

CommunityWorks Canada is one of the three stream of the Worktopia national project. For more information, visit

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program.