Causeway Work Centre

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Editor's Note

This profile originally appeared in the 2021 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

Finding rewarding work can be an overwhelming prospect at times, especially if you struggle with challenges such as a lack of experience, disabilities, or mental illness. Causeway is a not-for-profit agency that empowers all people by helping those with mental illness and other challenges find meaningful work. At Causeway, we call our employment programs, social enterprises and support services “Avenues” because of the journey we go on together with our clients. Each person can take multiple avenues while on their journey, but they all lead to the same place - meaningful employment.

Recent developments

On April 1st, 2021, Causeway Work Centre and Causeway Foundation merged into a single organization under Causeway Work Centre. This merge does not impact Causeway’s programs and services in any way and is intended to make our governance structure more streamlined and efficient. Ultimately, this will help us better serve people who come to Causeway to find rewarding work. 

Our funding sources have been approximated to reflect revenue streams following the merge.

This April, Causeway launched its fourth social enterprise, Causeway Commercial Cleaning (CCC), which provides a range of high-quality, worry-free cleaning for commercial spaces. Like all of Causeway’s social enterprises, CCC is driven by a social mission to provide employment opportunities to people who experience barriers to employment.

Our top three donation wishes:

  • Social enterprise equipment and supplies
  • Training and professional development support, capacity-building
  • Program evaluation, impact, and growth analysis
A group of young people hold up diplomas, smiling at the camera while wearing masks.
Pictured here are some of the graduates of our Solutions for Youth program, proudly displaying their certificates.

At a glance:

Year founded: 1977

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $3,318,600

Twitter: @CausewayWork

Facebook: /CausewayWork

Instagram: @causewayworkcentre

LinkedIn: /company/causeway-work-centre

Top funding sources:

  • Individual donations: 5%
  • Corporate: 1%
  • Government: 50%
  • Endowments: 1%
  • Other charities: 10%
  • earned revenue: 35%

How you can help


You see how rewarding having a job can be. It can help you build confidence, give you independence, and help you foster a sense of belonging. That’s why you believe in creating avenues for people to find work, regardless of the challenges they face. 

Your donations help people with disabilities and mental illness reach their employment goals by supporting our employment programs, our social businesses, and our wrap-around services including our Employment Resource Centre and Wellness Centre.

A woman wearing a mask and rubber gloves packs food into a cardboard box.
A Krackers Katering employee prepares meals to go out to people experiencing food insecurity during the pandemic.


Volunteers at Causeway play a vital role on our Board and committees, and by providing direct assistance to people using our Resource Centre. Volunteers can also provide a great impact by creating a giving challenge among their friends and family to raise money for Causeway’s programs.

Hire from Causeway

By helping people find their role in the community, you are creating new moments of hope, perspective, and meaning for everyone.

Find your next employee of the month at Causeway!

A person wearing a blue shirt gives a thumbs-up to the camera, wearing a Shoppers Drug Mart employee name tag.
Caelan successfully found employment with support from Causeway, and offers this advice to employers: "Even if someone doesn't have the experience, don't write them off. If the person has the drive and they want to work then they'll be a hard worker."

Events and fundraising

Work Regardless Week: Nov. 29-Dec. 5. Celebrated annually, this week serves to engage individuals and businesses around the message that everyone has something valuable to offer. When we stop judging people for what they can’t do and start acknowledging people for what they can do, we are building stronger and more inclusive communities.

Board members and executives

A man with grey hair and a woman with reddish-blonde hair smile at the camera.
Stephen Willetts is president of Causeway; Heather Hechtman is executive director

Hailey Hechtman

Executive Director

Stephen Willetts


Andrew Vey 

Past President 

Michael Brownell


Eric Thomas 


Anna Abraham 


Louise Boudreau


Kate Faughnan 


Ryan Holm


Kylie Patrick


Mike Vieira


Hailey Hechtman

Ex officio 

Richard Smith

Director Emeritus


Get in touch

22 O'Meara St.

Ottawa, ON

K1Y 4N6