Supported Employment

Learn more about the supported employment program.

Being employed is not only about having a job and making money – it’s also about social connection and meaningful contribution.

At IDS Supported Employment, we assist those with barriers to employment to find long-term and fulfilling work that meets their strengths and skills.

Supported Employment for Job Seekers

Our supported employment model offers you the opportunity to search for and attain genuine, paid employment in your community. We work one-on-one to gain an understanding of your past experience, strengths, skills and vocational goals and prepare you to become employment ready.

As our goal is independence in the workplace, we offer job coaching and gradually reduce our support as you feel increasingly confident. When you feel independent we complete our coaching support but continue to be available to you if you need it.

Supported Employment for Employers

Becoming an inclusive employer means that you embrace diversity and attract employees with a wide range of abilities. By providing these opportunities, your business will welcome community engagement and social investment while employing staff that bring you long term value.

Our Employment Specialists provide on-site, assisted job coaching and ongoing support to ensure the long term retention and performance of your new staff member. We are also available as an educational resource for your staff team so that you can create an environment that is conducive to success.

Please find a list of participating businesses below:

  • Winners
  • Whole Foods
  • Two Daughters Bakeshop
  • Lift Breakfast Bakery
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • West Vancouver Police Department
  • Cineplex Theatres
  • Home Depot
  • Starbucks
  • Parkgate Farm Market
  • Mulgrave School
  • London Drugs
  • The Hive North Shore

Muffin Café

Over the past 22 years patrons of the Muffin Café, inside the Harry Jerome Recreation Centre in North Vancouver, have stopped by for coffee, muffins, and to enjoy the daily lunch special. In addition to learning all the operational requirements of running a concession such as the Muffin Café, workers are also trained in food safety and small business skills.


Two daughters, one big happy family

With a shock of multi-coloured hair and a brilliant smile, Pauli Deacon is upbeat while she works hard to complete her tasks at the gluten-free Two Daughters Bakeshop in North Vancouver. Pauli works four days a week doing dishes, prepping ingredients and shaping cookies, and is an integral part of the team that helps the bakery run smoothly. Since she started working there in June 2017, Pauli says she has increased her hours and her responsibilities, and learned to rely on the camaraderie and acceptance she gets from her boss and her co-workers. Read more…

How to Get Started

For referral information please use the link below or for further information about the Supported Employment program, please contact Kaveh Hajighazi at

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