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Causeway Work Centre

Social Service


“I came to Causeway looking for the job of a lifetime, but instead I got a life to find a job.” – Causeway Client

Causeway is a not-for-profit agency based in Ottawa that helps people with mental illness and other challenges find rewarding work and live more independently. By helping everyone reach their full potential, we are helping establish stronger and more inclusive communities.  

We know that everyone is different — that’s why we offer a variety of employment programs, social enterprises and support services to serve a diverse range of people. By tailoring our approach to each client’s unique strengths, needs, and circumstances, we’re putting them in the right position to achieve their potential. Each person can take multiple avenues while on their journey, but they all lead to the same place: meaningful employment. 

Our Impact

Quick Facts

In Canada, 1 in 5 Canadians over 15 have one or more disabilities (StatsCan, 2018). Among those with disabilities who are not employed and not currently in school, 2 in 5 have the potential to work – that’s 645,000 Canadians (StatsCan, 2018).  

Your impact through Causeway

Every year, more than 1,100 people with mental health-related barriers to employment use Causeway’s services. Each of our clients is unique: they have their own story, personal barriers, and goals. But they all want the same thing, and that’s for someone to give them a chance.   

At Causeway, we believe in everyone’s potential. Our holistic approach ensures that everyone receives the support they need to develop and put forward their unique skills while searching for employment. Each one of our Avenues to Employment is crafted to lead our clients to meaningful employment opportunities. We provide pre-employment programs, an accessible gym through our Wellness program, and four entrepreneurial social enterprises which employ Causeway clients – just to name a few.  

Learn more about our avenues to employmenthttps://www.causewayworkcentre.org/find-work/ 

Check out our blog to read some client employment journeyshttps://www.causewayworkcentre.org/news/ 

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Legal Name

Causeway Work Centre

Charity Number

106880883 RR 0001

How your gift will be used

Your gift to Causeway will help people with mental illness and other challenges find rewarding work through:

  • Pre-employment and employment programs
  • Social enterprises that employ clients
  • Wrap-around supports like the Resource Centre and Wellness Program

Sue’s Legacy

Mitch and Sue have never met. In fact, Sue passed away in 2008. But, in 2019, she changed Mitch’s life.  

At the age of 25, Mitch suffered a stroke.   

His stroke affected the right side of his body, and he relies on the use of his quad cane to walk.  

Now, Mitch works with personal trainer Christopher in Causeway’s Wellness Centre to improve his range of movement, and has made significant strides since he first started 2 years ago.  

Through Sue’s bequest, the Wellness Centre was completely renovated to increase accessibility for people like Mitch, and was officially renamed the “Sue Van Iterson Wellness Centre” in Sue’s honour. 

Mitch is one of many people who rely on Causeway’s Wellness Program, which is designed to help people with their fitness and nutrition goals as they look for work. 

Since starting with Causeway, Mitch has seen more than just physical improvements. His confidence has grown, and it’s opened the door to new possibilities for employment.

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