We’re a partnership. Our initiative to reduce the employment gap and connect employers with skilled students with disabilities is a citywide effort by Carleton University, University of Ottawa, La Cité  and Algonquin College. You can read their commitment to our cause below.

Together, we work with employers, agencies, secondary schools and post-secondary institutions to share knowledge and tools, and raise awareness of the barriers that prevent many students with disabilities from finding gainful and purposeful employment.

So join us, and help us expand our partnership.

Algonquin College

Algonquin College is a proud to be an active partner in the David C. Onley Initiative. As an educational institution, Algonquin provides academic accommodations to over 2,000 students every year. However, we recognize that many of those students will experience uncertainty, and even barriers, when they graduate and enter the workforce. We see the development of disability-specific employment readiness strategies and the formation of relationships with employers who are looking to broaden their recruiting and onboarding strategies to include peoples with disabilities as a natural next step in our student supports. We are confident that this partnership with Carleton University, La Cite, University of Ottawa and employers will help fill this gap.

For more information, visit algonquincollege.com.

La Cité

Collège La Cité is a proud supporter of the David C. Onley Initiative. Through this initiative, our college will gain insight on how we currently assist our disabled students in finding employment and how we can improve our practices to ensure that their prospects for employment are equal to student without disabilities.

We believe in the unleashed potential of all of our students. We realize that by improving employment outcomes for students with disabilities, we enrich the social and economic fabric of our college, our partners who employ them and our community overall.

For more information, visit collegelacite.ca.

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University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa is proud to support the David C. Onley Initiative. We believe all uOttawa students and graduates deserve a chance at finding meaningful and equitable employment, and we recognize the importance of creating more opportunities for students with disabilities to actively participate in their career development.

We aim to prepare young people to find their place in the world, and through this initiative, we want to enhance this experience for students with disabilities by tackling the barriers they face in the job market.

The impact of this initiative will resonate outside of the uOttawa community. Not only will it help advance the employability of our students, but our commitment to it will help engage industry partners, raise public awareness on and off campus, and build community partnerships.

For more information, visit uottawa.ca.

Carleton University

Here at Carleton, we take pride in being Canada’s most accessible university. A deep culture of accessibility is part of everything we do. Through the David C. Onley Initiative, we are looking forward to working with our colleagues at the University of Ottawa, La Cité Collégiale and Algonquin College on developing knowledge, resources and tools to support students with disabilities at our institutions in advancing their careers. We believe that together we can create a more accessible and inclusive world.

For more information, visit carleton.ca.

A project of Carleton’s READ Initiative (Research, Education, Accessibility and Design)