List of Causeway programs and services



Employment Supports Program (ESP)

I am on ODSP and want to return to work. I feel I might need long-term or ongoing support.

Job Quest

I am ready to get back on the job market soon, and would like some help with my resume, job search and interviewing skills.

Solutions for Youth

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.

Rise Ottawa

I have a business plan but have had trouble accessing traditional financing for a small business.

Needle Hunters

I would like to work part-time as part of the team that collects drug-use paraphernalia from city streets and parks.

Supported Employment in Homes for Special Care

While living in Homes for Special Care, I would like to find some work in my community.



Wellness Program

I want to increase my physical fitness while I take part in Causeway employment programs.

Employment Resource Centre

I need access to computers, printers, fax and phones to perform my job search.


Causeway Programs

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 Children, Community and Social Services.


Programme de soutien à l’emploi

Les personnes référées à notre Programme de soutien à l’emploi par le Programme ontarien de soutien aux personnes handicapées (POSPH) reçoivent du support pendant qu’ils se préparent à trouver et à conserver un employ rémunéré. Nous offrons à ces personnes une vaste gamme de services spécialisés incluant:

  • Planification d’emploi et évaluations: Nos conseillers aident chaque participant à notre programme à developer un plan d’emploi adapté à leurs habiletés  et à leurs buts.
  • Placement de Travail: Les participants sont supportés dans leur recherche d’emploi et dans leur intégration en milieu de travail. Les services offerts par nos conseillers peuvent inclure l’accompagnement professionnel et l’entraînement de travail. Nous aidons aussi nos participants à rédiger un résumé à se preparer pour les entretiens d’embauche. Des compétences de recherche d’emploi sont acquises dans ce processus pour assurer le succès futur du participant.
  • Suivi et maintien en emploi: Nos conseillers font des suivis avec les participants qui trouvent des emplois afin d’assurer leur réussite au travail.

Les participants à notre Programme de soutien à l’emploi ont trouvé des postes à temps plein et à temps partiel dans une variété d’industries. De plus, nos clients ont accès à d’autres services offerts par Causeway, tels que notre centre de conditionnement physique et nos supports communautaires.

Le Programme de soutien à l’emploi est financé par le ministère des Services sociaux et communautaires.

Job Quest

Job Quest is a rapid supported employment program, designed to help clients secure and retain paid employment over a short period of time. Program goals include:

  • 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.

This program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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 4-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 12-week work 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.

Rise Ottawa

Located within Causeway Work Centre, Rise-Ottawa is partner of Rise Asset Development, a registered charity that provides low interest small business loans and business mentorship to individuals with a history of mental health or addiction challenges.  Rise offers two programs to assist entrepreneurs to start or grow their business including the Small Business and Event Lending Programs.

The Small Business Lending Program can provide business financing up to $10,000 to eligible entrepreneurs.  The average initial loan size is in the $3,000 – $4,000 range with a 3 year repayment term.  To provide our entrepreneurs with additional support, financed clients receive one year of business mentorship support and guidance.

The Event Lending Program provides small loans up to $2,500 to be used by an entrepreneur to pay vendor admissions, purchase inventory, and cover marketing costs in order to sell/showcase their product or service at an event.  It is expected that entrepreneurs will use the sales they earned from the event to repay the loan.

As a character based lender, Rise looks at both the person and the business when making their business lending decisions.

To speak with a Small Business Consultant regarding program eligibility please call 613-725-3494 ext. 118.

Needle Hunters
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.

Homes for Special Care – Rec (HSC-Rec)

HSC-Rec provides recreational & vocational activities to individuals who are part of the Homes for Special Care Program, living in domiciliary hostels in urban and rural Ottawa. This program runs in partnership with the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Care Group (ROMHCG)

Causeway Services

Wellness Program
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
Monday: 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am – 12:00pm, 12:30pm – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 12:00pm, 12:30 – 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 12:00pm, 12:30pm – 3:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 12:00pm, 12:30 – 6:00pm

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.


For information on Causeway’s Programs or Services, please contact Rennatha Bernadin at:

Pour le service en français, contactez Lin Ouellette au (613) 725-3494  poste 107

Pour le service en français, contactez Lin Ouellette au (613) 725-3494  poste 107


Job Quest

This program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.