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Declaration: Guiding Principles

Be it known to all Canadians that the following are the nine

Best Practices in Supported Employment:

Choice & Control

Employment support is guided by the job seeker to achieve their career aspirations.

Paid Employment

The job seeker securing employment receives the same rate of pay and benefits as other employees doing the same job. Individuals with competitive positions receive their paycheques directly from the employer.

Partnership & Mentoring

Job seekers, employers, and direct service providers determine the individualized strategies for providing the support that will assist in career enhancement. Ultimately, services will facilitate job satisfaction for both the job seeker (now employee) and their employer.

Full Inclusion

People experiencing disability are socially and economically included in their community.

Job Search

Employment supports and services are timely and responsive. Appropriate support is provided for job seekers to achieve successful employment.


Employment supports are individualized.  Service providers negotiate to meet the unique needs of the employer and the specific skills of the job seeker, one person at a time.

Natural Supports

Employment supports are as unobtrusive as possible and fade or may fade over time by building on community support and social capital.

Long-Term Support

The needed support is available to all stakeholders over time to ensure that people maintain employment stability and achieve career enhancement.

Continuous Quality Improvement

Stakeholders are involved in the evaluation of services. Service providers implement advancements and strive for continuous quality improvement.










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Canadian Association for Supported Employment

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Phone: 1-800-684-5628

Address: 7051 Bayer's Road, Suite 501

Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3L 2C1

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