Mental illness shouldn’t be a barrier to employment.
Overview: Mental illness doesn’t need to be an obstacle to employment. This program is available to anyone in need of work with mental health or addictions issue living in Nova Scotia (no diagnosis required). CMHA’s At-Work team provides support services to people living with mental illness that are unemployed or under-employed, by supporting them to obtain and maintain meaningful employment. The At Work Program is a federally-funded, national program delivered in 12 communities across Canada. The program was established to provide employment support, job maintenance, and job retention services to participants living with a mental illness or a mental health issue. At Work staff provides employer awareness activities and financial incentives through a wage subsidy and assist employers by filling their hiring needs.
Who we Help: Our services are available to adults (16+) legally entitled to work in Canada, who self-identifies as having a mental illness and who is unemployed or under-employed may be eligible. Individuals must not be eligible or have drawn EI in the last five (5) years. (Inquire within for details, as staff will often take clients on a case by case basis)
Fees: There are no fees to be participate in the At-Work | Au Travail program.
How to connect: Referral through a community agency or self-referral.
Each At-Work team member provides clients assistance with:
- A comprehensive job search;
- One-on-one peer support;
- Resume development and interview guidance and
- Job placement; and
- Continued individualized support.
At-Work provides employers with:
- Wage subsidies available for up to four months;
- Ongoing case management to foster employer-employee success; and
- Motivated, trained, skilled candidates who are ready to work.
At Work/Au Travail at CMHA Nova Scotia has a twofold approach:
- Supporting unemployed and underemployed individuals living with a mental health or addiction issue that has affected their employability by connecting them, where appropriate, with mental health supports, housing supports, career counseling, training opportunities, job placement, and ongoing job coaching.
- Working with community-based agencies to refer individuals into the At Work/Au travail program, and engaging employers in need of skilled people to match clients based on their career goals.
Connect with our At-Work | Au Travail team lead, Tracy Hiltz to learn more:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | 1.877.466.6606, ext. 302 | Cell: 782.232.2697
Download our brochure: At-Work