List of Causeway programs and services
I am on ODSP and want to return to work. I feel I might need long-term or ongoing support.
I am ready to get back on the job market soon, and would like some help with my resume, job search and interviewing skills.
I am between the ages of 16-29 and I am out of school. I would like to get ready to work and to gain some experience through co-ops.
I have an idea for a small business that I would like to develop through a business planning process.
I have a business plan but have had trouble accessing traditional financing for a small business.
I would like to work part-time as part of the team that collects drug-use paraphernalia from city streets and parks.
While living in Homes for Special Care, I would like to find some work in my community.
I want to increase my physical fitness while I take part in Causeway employment programs.
I need access to computers, printers, fax and phones to perform my job search.
I want to learn how to manage my money better as I work towards my employment and budgeting goals.
Employment Supports Program (ESP)
Persons referred by the Ontario Disability Supports Program to our Employment Supports Program receive support as they prepare for, find and maintain paid employment. Participants are offered a wide range of specialized services including:
- Employment planning and assessments: Each participant is assisted in developing an employment plan tailored to their skills and goals.
- Job placement: Participants are supported in finding competitive employment. Services may include on-the-job training, job trials and job coaching. Interview, resume and job-search skills are acquired in this process to ensure the future success of the participant.
- Job retention: Job coaches follow up with participants who have found work, to provide support throughout the transition to employment.
Participants in the Employment Supports Program have moved into competitive employment in full and part time positions in a variety of industries. In addition, our clients have access to additional Causeway services, including our Wellness program and access to community supports.
ESP is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
- Focusing on the individual’s job preferences and employment goals.
- Providing employment supports according to the needs of the client to break down barriers to employment.
- Integrating employment supports with other community support systems.
Causeway staff can assist with: resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation; job coaching and on-site support, as well as job retention and follow-up support. Job Quest has assisted clients in finding and maintaining employment in full- and part-time jobs in a variety of industries: Administrative, Customer Service, Retail, Hospitality, General Labour, Health Services and many more.
Job Quest is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.Solutions for Youth
Solutions for Youth is a 16-week pre-employment program that assists youth in developing the skills and work habits to obtain employment or return to school. The program features a 2-week in-class group employment workshops that runs weekdays from 9:00am – 3:30pm and the participants are paid minimum wage. Each participant will assess his/her skills, identify employment barriers and set employment and/or educational goals to be met by the end of the program. Solutions for Youth provides workshops on resume writing, interview techniques, and job searching techniques. Development of professional work habits include: stress management, conflict resolution, anger management, budgeting and self esteem.
Solutions for Youth participants are also involved in a 14-week co-op placement related to their field of interest. Criteria for admission to Solutions for Youth:
- 16 to 29 years of age.
- Out of school.
- Be committed to finding employment or returning to school by the end of the program.
- Self-identifies with having barriers to employment.
- Speak and understand English.
Participants will be referred to the program by Causeway’s intake coordinator.
Causeway is the home of Rise Ottawa, a microfinance initiative targeting entrepreneurs living with mental illness and addiction. Rise Ottawa provides small business supports and access to affordable loans to move entrepreneurs towards their self-employment goals. Rise is a partnership with Rise Asset Development (Rotman School of Management & CAMH) and funded through the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
CEO – Causeway’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity
CEO is designed for entrepreneurs with disabilities who wish to pursue self-employment. The CEO program will help you realize your goal through the development of a business plan, financial literacy training, branding support and mentorship. CEO is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
Needle Hunters provides paid employment to persons who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness. Needle Hunters is contracted through the City of Ottawa to pick up and dispose of paraphernalia from substance abuse and prostitution in selected areas of the city. Staffing for this project is provided by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Supported Employment in Homes for Special Care
Supported Employment in HSC assists persons with a severe mental illness living in Homes for Special Care obtain and maintain paid employment. This program operates in urban and rural Ottawa, in partnership with the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.
Participants in any of Causeway’s programs have access to our Wellness Program, designed to assist individuals with fitness and nutritional support as they work toward their employment goals. Causeway has an on-site fitness centre staffed by a personal trainer to support the physical well-being of our clients. This program is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Fitness Centre Hours of Operation
Employment Resource Centre
The Employment Resource Centre is a vital tool for all Causeway clients during their job search. The Resource Centre offers individuals the ability to enhance their job search, access communication tools and provides assistance in the following:
- Résumé and cover letter preparation.
- Assistance in developing interview skills.
- Assisted or independent job search.
- Access to employment resources, job postings and employment leads.
- Use of computer terminals, telephone, fax, photocopier, mailing and supplies.
- Causeway has piloted Your Financial Toolkit, a series of financial literacy workshops developed by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada.
For information on Causeway’s Programs or Services, please contact Frances Daly at: email@example.com