What is MentorAbility?
MentorAbility Canada is a national initiative built on a supported employment foundation that promotes the recruitment, employment, and retention of persons experiencing disability. The initiative provides and celebrates in-person and virtual mentoring experiences, networking and learning events, social media campaigns, as well as building a body of evidence through research activities.
With a specific focus on facilitating unique, short-term (from 1 hour to 1 day) mentoring opportunities between employers and persons experiencing disability, this initiative is part of a national effort to promote the employment of Canadians experiencing disability.
MentorAbility Canada: Inclusive Workplaces (video on YouTube)
MentorAbility Experience Stories
Get to know the stories of the people involved in facilitated mentorships with MentorAbility Canada. Each story showcases a unique experience between a mentor and mentee and the local supported employment service provider that facilitated it.
To learn more about the impact that the MentorAbility Canada program is having from coast to coast to coast, read from our collection of shared experience stories:
Who Can Participate?
Is your organization interested in expanding its workplace diversity and strengthening workplace culture and employee engagement strategies? Become a MentorAbility partner and offer your staff opportunities to become a MentorAbility mentor!
Are you an employment service provider interested in expanding and strengthening your employer engagement while providing valuable career exploration opportunities for your clients who experience disability? Become a MentorAbility partner today!
Are you a person experiencing disability? Do you want to be part of the workforce? Would you like to meet people to learn more about a career that interests you? Participate in a MentorAbility mentorship!
All MentorAbility Participants Benefit:
- Local employment service providers (site partners) connect with a national network, build value-added relationships with local employers, and offer unique career development experience to their clients.
- Persons experiencing disability who are actively seeking employment (mentees) are matched with a mentor to learn more about careers that interest them.
- Employers and individuals interested in offering mentoring opportunities (employers and mentors), including private businesses, non-profit and public service organizations, learn inclusive employment strategies and connect with a pool of potential future employees.
MentorAbility Canada is coordinated by CASE in collaboration with implementing partners, called “MentorAbility Hubs,” that are located across the country. Together we provide information, knowledge, and tools to facilitate beneficial short-term mentoring opportunities for employers, mentors and job seekers.
Hubs are the first connection point for local employment service providers (site partners), persons experiencing disability (mentees) and employers (mentors ) to connect with the national MentorAbility Canada network.
Twelve MentorAbility Canada provincial and territorial hubs, along with many site partners, offer resources and information and/or facilitate mentoring experiences across Canada.
Explore the MentorAbility Hubs below and connect with the Hub in your region today.
Connect With Your Local MentorAbility Hub
Northwest Territories Hub
Connect With CASE
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