The Gateway program cooperates with mainstream employers throughout the HRM to provide youth living with disabilities the opportunity to gain employment experience in their field of interest. This provides participants the opportunity to tap into their potential as employees and members of their community.

Participants receive 4 weeks of training and workshops resulting in a greater sense of self-awareness, self-esteem and confidence. Following the four weeks of in-class training, clients are then situated into a job placement for 18 weeks.  During this period, the participant will be paid to work and have the opportunity to gain experience in an employment setting.

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Objectives of the GATEWAY program are to:

  • Address and respond to real barriers faced by youth with disabilities.
  • Provide participants with workshops that enhance transferable skills.
  • Prepare participants for future work or education decisions.
  • Ensure the community as a whole operates as a healthy, integrated entity.
  • Ensure participation of citizens with disabilities in the community.
  • Continue a history of excellence in supporting high risk youth in fulfilling their employment dreams.
  • Create a work plan.
  • Learn teamwork skills.

Who is Eligible for the Gateway program?

Youth between the ages of 18-30 who are not eligible for Employment Insurance

Gateway Participant Quotes

“I met people with other disabilities which made me feel like there are others out there going through what I am.”

“I got to get a good insight on how the working world works.”

“The most useful part of Gateway was for me about seeing what it was like to work and make a lot of money.”

“Most useful part was evaluating my performance at work.”

“The updates on your work performance. Knowing this you can know what you need to work on if an area is negative and what to continue on with that is positive.”

“I can honestly say that this program and the staff have been tremendously helpful. I recommend this program 100%!” 

How Do I Get Involved?

If an individual is already associated with a case management agency, then they can speak directly to their case manager about referral to Gateway.

If an individual is not already case managed, but wishes to participate in a particular program, they can contact reachAbility anytime for contact numbers for a case management agencies or questions regarding the referral process.

For more information about Gateway, please contact or call us at (902) 429-5878.

Specific accommodation(s) available upon request.

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Application form

You have two options to fill out the referral form. You can either fill it out online, or download it to e-mail or fax it back to us. If you choose to download, please right click on “WORD,” and click on “Save As.”

Fill out the referral form online here: [ONLINE FORM]

Download the referral form here: [WORD]

Please note that unless otherwise posted, our programs typically commence at 10 a.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. on Tuesdays through Thursday, and finish for the day at 3 p.m.  This is the case for the in-office training portion of the Gateway program but work placements may differ.