About the report
This is a report on research undertaken as part of People First of Canada’s initiative Help Wanted – Sheltered Workshops and the Steps to Ending Employment Segregation in Canada. The project aims to build awareness about the ongoing realities of sheltered work across Canada, create alternatives to sheltered work, and build capacity to shift away from this model to fully inclusive employment approaches.
The purpose of the research was to survey the state of sheltered work in Canada, identify promising practices for transitioning to inclusive employment, and point to policy and program directions to support this transition.
The research included a review of the literature, key informant interviews, case studies with providers who have transitioned from sheltered work to inclusive employment, and a survey of providers of employment-related support programs, including sheltered work.