Finding a Job

Well on Your Way

Getting your first job and earning your own money is exciting, and one of many steps towards becoming independent. If you have a disability or ongoing health condition, finding a job that is right for you can be a challenge. However, there are programs and resources to help make your job search easier.

Important Things to Know

  1. To work in Canada, you need a Social Insurance Number (SIN). If you do not have a SIN, apply by mail or in person at a Service Canada Office. Remember to bring proper ID (like a birth certificate).
  2. Take advantage of any job shadowing or career counselling services your school offers. Volunteering can also help open the door to jobs.
  3. The Government of Alberta offers some services to unemployed Albertans. To learn more, see the Employment Services website.
  4. You can learn about your rights and responsibilities as an employee and the employer’s duty to accommodate at:
  1. There are many resources or programs that can:
  • help you find a job
  • offer supervised work situations
  • help with resumes or job interviews
  • provide special equipment to support your work

While some of these resources/programs are free, most charge a fee. If you are eligible for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD), they may help pay for these services.

For more ideas about finding a job, check out the recommended resources below or visit our resources section.