CanWork is a program that supports students who identify as having a disability or mental health challenges as they engage in meaningful, paid, degree-related work experience during their degrees and develop tools for long-term success.

Built on the 2020 pilot program in partnership between the University of Victoria’s CanAssist and the Co-operative Education and Career Services Program, CanWork aims to increase the participation of students who self-identify as having challenges in degree related learning opportunities.

Through the program, job coaches can support participants while on their work sites, helping students
to master their tasks, achieve independence and contribute to the workplace. As part of this pilot,
participants’ employment readiness will be measured pre- and post-employment.