Working when living with a disability
Some employers have programs to help you with your job if you're living with a disability.
Your employer may offer the following:
- accessible computers and software
- flexible work hours
- the option to work from home
- a job description that reflects your abilities
- benefits such as health and life insurance
Federal programs to help you work with a disability
There are a number of programs to help you work when living with a disability.
Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program
The Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program helps you return to work. You continue to get your regular CPP disability benefits while you're in the program.
This is a voluntary program for people who get Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefits.
It provides services such as:
- employment counselling and guidance
- help planning your return to work
- opportunities to retrain or improve your skills
- help developing your job-search skills
The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities program helps people with disabilities prepare for, get and keep jobs. It also helps people with disabilities start their own business.
Businesses, municipal governments and organizations may apply for the Opportunities Fund. They use the money they get to support people with disabilities who:
- are unemployed
- aren't eligible for Employment Insurance (EI)
- need help to prepare for, get and keep a job
Provincial and territorial programs to help you work with a disability
Your province or territory may have programs to help people with disabilities find or train for work.
Getting to work
This resource gives you information about accessible transportation to help you get to work. It also has information about accessible travel between Canadian cities.
Disability benefits while working
Income from working may affect your Canada Pension Plan (CPP) or Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) disability payments.
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