Program Details

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.

Program Outline

The Transitions to Communities program runs in Calgary, Montréal and Toronto.

Each module of the Transitions to Communities workshop series focuses on a specific aspect of personal, social and professional development with leadership and instruction by a subject matter expert.

Participants will learn in a classroom-like setting limited to 10 people to ensure one-on-one support and guidance throughout the sessions.

Module 1
Personal Development

Module 2
Computer Skills Development

Module 3
Mental Health & Wellbeing

Module 4
Peer & Community Supports


Module 5
Social Development

Module 6
Professional Development


Module 7
Success to Obtain Employment

Module seven is fully focused on supporting the participant’s employment search activities. The graduate will have support after program completion in order to obtain employment.

Program Eligibility

Canadians 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.

Additional Program Features

Program Certificate

Graduates of the Transitions to Communities workshop will receive a certificate of completion. The certificate provided by MDSC is recognized and respected by employers.

Ongoing Peer Support Network

Peer Support Training is provided within the Transitions to Communities program by the MDSC National Peer Support Team. Following completion of the workshop, participants and graduates will continue to hold Peer Support Meetings at the project sites to develop and maintain a support network where they can share their experiences, successes, challenges, knowledge and lessons learned.

How to Participate

Program sites in Calgary, Toronto and Montréal are currently receiving participants.

Applicants can self refer or be referred to the program through community organizations, service providers, support groups, mental health organizations, and/or health care providers.

Choose the city closest to you to begin the registration process.