Access Ability Employment Stream

For Participants

For those with self-identified disabilities who want to focus on building transferable skills for success in job hunting and on the job, the Access Ability program offers the Entrepreneurial Mindset Certificate (EMC). The certificate provides eight sessions facilitated by leaders in their fields to provide participants with various information, such as mastering self-motivation, expanding your virtual network, and much more. All sessions are provided virtually.

  • Eligible to work in Canada
  • Resident of Atlantic Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Self-identifies as living with a disability
  • Build skills and knowledge necessary for personal and workplace success through a wide variety of workshops
  • Get paid for expanding your knowledge—earn up to $600 for participating
  • Support during your job search
  • Flexible online sessions
Training Sessions
  • Sessions are provided through guest speakers; topics include Creative thinking and problem solving, Intrapreneurship: Unleashing your inner entrepreneur, Navigating the hidden job market, etc.
  • 8 training sessions are provided throughout the term; six must be completed before receiving the certificate
  • Earn $50 per session attended, plus receive a $200 bonus after successful completion of six of the eight sessions (up to $600)
  • Get involved and expand your network by joining our weekly Roundtable Discussions. This is the perfect session for answering any questions that you may have and getting advice catered to your needs from our staff

Next Cohort: 

  • Cohort 4:
    • Dates: June 3, 2024 – June 27, 2024


Following Cohorts:

  • Cohort 5:
    • Dates: October 14, 2024 – November 8, 2024
  • Cohort 6
    • Dates: February 10 – March 7, 2024
Are you looking for employment?
Our wage susbidy program can help you find meaningful employment with the help of a $9/hour wage subsidy (up to $6,300).
  • Get support in preparing for job searching (perfecting your resume, cover letter, interviews).
  • Access to one-on-one coaching.
  • Flexible and hybrid employment opportunities.
  • Opprotunities for funding to support your needs and accomodations.

Q: Do I need to pay?

A: The program is free. We pay you, so you can attend each of the training sessions.


Q: How do I get started


  • Fill out the application form (clickable link to application form)
  • Choose your program(s) that interest(s) you
  • Reach out to us at AccessAbility@smu.ca with any questions that you have


Q: Can I apply for both programs?

A: After participating in the EMC program, students have the option to apply for a 700-hour work placement. There are a limited number of work placements available for participants.


Q: Is there a recruitment process?

A: Yes. We will review applications and interview, as necessary.


Q: Am I eligible for the wage subsidy if I receive/have previously received EI?

A: Eligibility for persons who have received EI varies from person to person. If you have received EI payments in the last three years, you will need to confirm eligibility with your province. You should also confirm eligibility if you have been on any other income support program.

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