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Causeway Work Centre

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What we do

Do you believe that there is no limit to anyone’s potential?

At Causeway, we find people meaningful work. Regardless. Causeway is a not-for-profit agency that empowers all people by helping those with mental health related barriers 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 participants. Each person can take multiple avenues while on their journey, but they all lead to the same place – meaningful employment.

Causeway is a space where people who have been underestimated can have access to support, encouragement, skills-building, and personal exploration in order to find and maintain work that utilizes their unique strengths and abilities. An important pillar of our strategic plan is forming partnerships with businesses and community members, in order to broaden support for individuals and amplify our impact.

We invite you to join the Causeway community in partnership, and be part of transforming lives with purpose and belonging.

“Through the darkest part of my life, when I had no career prospects, there were people who encouraged me by recognizing my strengths. My experience with Causeway has changed the way I think about my future.” – Causeway participant

How you can help


You can make a difference for someone experiencing barriers to employment. It is about more than just having a job. It is about being able to enrich your community and finding meaning in your life. It’s about finding hope.

Your support is needed now to help people with mental health challenges and disabilities reach their employment goals by supporting our employment programs, social businesses, and wrap-around services including our Employment Resource Centre and Wellness Centre.


Commercial cleaning, grounds-keeping, and catering are all available through Causeway’s social enterprises, which train and employ people experiencing employment barriers. Discover how your business can be supported by social enterprise here:

Hire from Causeway

Employers help us build stronger communities by employing the people we serve. Everyone has abilities and skills regardless of the challenges they may face. With the recent shifts in labour markets, employers have been struggling with staffing and maintaining their employees.

People with barriers to employment, however, still experience difficulties entering the labour market and represent a significant portion of unemployed or underemployed individuals.

By working with Causeway, employers can tap into a pool of skilled and motivated people who are ready to work. Find your next employee of the month at Causeway!

Events + fundraising

Work Regardless Week 

Nov. 27 – Dec. 3. Celebrated annually, this week serves to engage individuals and businesses around the message that everyone has something valuable to contribute to our community and can work, regardless of the barriers they face. 

We invite individuals and businesses to show support of #WorkRegardlessWeek on social media by sharing what “Work. Regardless.” means to them, and by making a donation to support vital community employment services. Together, we can build working communities that employ each person’s abilities.

Get in touch:

22 O’Meara Street
Ottawa, ON
K1Y 4N6

Year founded: 1977

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $4,010,789
X: @CausewayWork
Facebook: /CausewayWork
Instagram: @causewayworkcentre
LinkedIn: /company/causeway-work-centre

Louise Boudreau, President

Sharon Lewis, Interim Executive Director


  • Louise Boudreau, President
  • Stephen Willetts, Past President
  • Judy Cameron, Treasurer
  • Michael Brownell, Director
  • Anna Abraham, Director
  • Oksana Kishchuk, Director
  • Kate Faughnan, Director
  • Kylie Patrick, Director
  • Sandro Ricci, Director
  • Mike DesLauriers, Director
  • Jeff Burns, Director


Grants: 65%
Earned Revenue: 23%
Donations: 1%
Other: 11%