CLBC Service Providers – Your Role in the Plan

The overall goal of the Community Action Employment Plan is to increase the number of CLBC eligible individuals who are participating in employment, and for people who are already employed, but want to work more, with increased opportunities for employment.

This means everyone has a role to play.

Employment service providers deliver effective and efficient services that assist people to explore options, learn skills, obtain and keep work. Over the next three years, service providers will be asked to focus on these key priorities from the Plan:

  • Participate in the development of Local Employment Action Plans
  • Continue to build competencies for best practice & service excellence for supported employment
  • Support the completion of the Advancing New Support Options Project, which is developing and implementing an “employment first” service option that delivers improved employment and inclusion outcomes and increases use of informal or generic supports
  • Support, evaluate and scale existing employer engagement initiatives (Rotary@Work, MentorAbility, Ready Willing & Able, and BC Partners for Workforce Innovation)
  • Support and facilitate entrepreneur to entrepreneur conversations and mentoring
  • Develop coordinated strategies to engage Chambers of Commerce and municipalities across BC
  • Continue to participate in the Employment Action Committee
  • Contribute to the development of a blueprint for supporting social enterprise
  • Explore options to support families in advancing employment
  • Support the development of a set of videos to tell employment stories & share on the Mapping Inclusive Employment site
  • Support the Speakers Bureau and Promoting our Abilities to enable self advocates to play leadership roles

Click here to download this information in a printable Fact Sheet.

Additional details about the objectives and background for each of the priorities for 2016-2019 can be found in the full version of the Community Action Employment Plan.

Web Resources

BC Centre for Employment Excellence – training, resource and informational tools for helping people find and keep employment. Link:

Best Practices for Supported Employment – user-friendly information for employers, job seekers, service providers and family members. Link:

Canadian Association for Supported Employees – association strives to promote full citizenship and personal capacity for persons with disabilities through the facilitation of increased labour market participation and outcomes. Link:

Ready, Willing and Able – a three-year project to increase the workforce participation of people with developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Link:

UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities – recognizes the right to an “opportunity to gain a living by work freely chosen or accepted in a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities” Link:

Employment Matters – a documentary by CBC, explores the untapped market and potential of employing people with intellectual disabilities in the workplace. Click here to watch the documentary.

Employment Matters Too – the second part of a CBC documentary series focusing on people with intellectual disabilities in the workplace. Click here to watch the documentary 

Launching Pad for Business – an innovative approach to helping entrepreneurs with disabilities plan and launch their business. Link:

Self Advocate Speakers Bureau – self advocate leaders available to make presentations and share their stories and expertise with decision makers, service providers and the community. Link:

Promoting our Abilities – self advocate developed presentations to educate employers, community leaders, including those from municipal, provincial and federal governments, about the advantages to hiring inclusively. Link:

familyWORKS – provide families with a forum for conversations about employment, mentoring through family to family support, and information and resources. Link: 

Mapping Inclusive Employment for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities – on line geo-mapping project that enables people throughout the province to share their experiences with inclusive employment. Link:

MentorAbility – a public awareness and employment development initiative that connects people with developmental disabilities to employers for a day of mentoring. Link:

BC Partners in Workforce Innovation – innovative recruitment pilot project to help BC employers meet current and future workforce needs, and connect people with diverse abilities to employment opportunities. Link: 

Customized Employment Demonstration Project – a July 1, 2008 to May 31, 2012 project jointly funded by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation and CLBC. Click here to learn more about the project.

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