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What is Abilities@Work?

Abilities@Work supports job seekers with disabilities and PEI employers through a wage subsidy program.

How Does Abilities@Work Support Your Business?

Abilities@Work provides a wage subsidy to employers that hire eligible participants. Value-added features like job coaching, retention services, and other employment services are available to organizations that participate in Abilities@Work.

How Does Abilities@Work Support Your Business?

Each job opportunity is assessed individually.

The duration of each Abilities@Work opportunity is based on:

The estimated time it takes your new employee to gain necessary job skills;

The level of experience the new employee has coming into the new position;

Disability-related accommodation requirements;

By discussing job requirements, we will assess the number of subsidy weeks required

Employers are required to cover the Mandatory Employer Related Costs. (MERCS) [Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan, workers compensation benefits or other employer-related expenses]

What Are The Benefits To A Business Accessing Abilities@Work?

In addition to receiving funded wages, employers can access a pool of job seekers with a wide range of skills and abilities at no cost to the employer.

Abilities@Work can connect employers with a network of employment service professionals that will provide you with job-ready candidates. This saves employers money on recruitment and advertising costs.

If necessary, work accommodations for a person with a disability may be available.

To Be Eligible For Abilities@Work, Employers Must:

Have a Revenue Canada taxation number;

Have coverage through Workers Compensation Benefits or an equivalent program;

Have an open position, paid at fair market rates;

Be considering an applicant who has a disability for the position; and enter into an agreement with the organization that operates Abilities@Work.

To Be Eligible For Abilities@Work, A Participant Must:

Have a disability;

Be legally entitled to work in Canada (citizen, permanent resident or refugee status).

Be ineligible for assistance under Employment Insurance.

What If Participants Require Disability-Related Accommodations?

Most disability-related workplace accommodations are minor and inexpensive in nature.

When working with Abilities@Work, employers will be provided information and in some cases financial support for work-related accommodations required by the job candidate.

Job Assistance

Abilities@Work Program Manager

Geri Costello

For the Abilities@Work Program Manager, please email Geri@ResourceAbilities.ca or call 902-892-9149 ext. 234