About Transitions to Communities

Transitions to Communities is a personal and professional skills development program for those who are experiencing obstacles reintegrating into employment with a physical and/or mental disability.

The workshop series provides employment and skills development, mental health knowledge, self awareness, and coping strategies.

The workshop series has been developed by Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC), in collaboration with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Learn more about our project partners and supporters.

Transitions to Communities aims to provide the direct supports needed to address participants’ emotional and physical challenges, with a focus on employability skills, mental well-being and peer support.

Participants will develop specific skills and abilities to assist them in living satisfying, hopeful and meaningful lives.

Program Objectives

  • Build trusting relationships with participants who have been reluctant to engage in support services
  • Increase mental health awareness and coping skills of participants
  • Improve capacity for participants to maintain their well being
  • Reduce risks of self-harm
  • Develop community engagement opportunities for participants
  • Reduce risks of homelessness
  • Eliminate barriers and assist persons with disabilities to obtain employment
  • Strengthen relationships between participants and their communities
  • Re-connect participants with support and services offered through other groups
  • Inform policy development through accurate project outcomes data
  • Develop and foster meaningful project partnerships and collaborations

These objectives directly relate to the objectives of the Opportunities Fund which is to assist unemployed persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain and keep employment or self-employment, as well as encouraging employers to hire persons with disabilities.

Over the next 3 years, the Transitions to Communities program will:


vulnerable people in Calgary, Montréal, and Toronto


people to enhance their employability skills


people to employment


people to return to school

Who Transitions to Communities is For

The program is intended for unemployed Canadians who have had challenges in reintegrating to employment due to physical and/or mental disability.

The program supports people creative positive change through skills development leading to employment.

Program Eligibility

Applicants may participate in Transitions to Communities by meeting the following criteria:


  • Self-identify as having a permanent physical or mental impairment that restricts his or her ability to perform daily activities;
  • Be a person with a disability who is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial and federal legislation and regulations;
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada;
  • Require assistance to prepare for, obtain and keep employment or self-employment; and
  • Be ineligible for assistance under EI Employment Benefits or any similar programs that are the subject of agreements with provinces, territories or organizations entered into pursuant to Section 63 of the EI Act (unless approved by a departmental official). Where it is determined that the individual is eligible for any assistance described in this paragraph, the Recipient must obtain Canada’s approval to accept or recruit the individual.