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Transition Tool Box

The Transition Tool box is a series of short videos and resource lists designed to provide a brief overview of some helpful tips and resources that we have found useful for families and youth with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to adult life in the Victoria Area.

Videos and Resources:

A special thanks to the following people for their contributions:

Lori Frank, Lori Frank Mediation
Cindy Nicolik, CYSN
CYSN Staff Team
Patrick Jobe, CLBC
Jessica Humphrey, CLBC
Lee Dellabough, VIHA and SD 61
Tammy Ishikawa, VIHA and SD 63
Krista Nakatsuka, VIHA and SD 62
Rachel Skidmore, FamilyWORKS
Jo-el Brooks, Second Wave
Justine Dooley, CLV

Please note: the resource lists will be updated on a regular basis. If you have any other resources to share, we would love to hear from you. Please contact

Education and Employment Readiness Resources

Welcome to the South Island Distance Education School, your BC online school. SIDES is a public, full-service, Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) school, offering distributed learning courses to all students in British Columbia, and is a proud member of School District 63 Saanich (SD63).
Join us to work towards your educational goals. We continue to refine our programs, to expand our selection of online course offerings and to work on the goals outlined in our Strategic Plan. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

Applied academic, entry level, hands-on learning

With our help and support, you'll learn entry-level employment skills, obtain external certifications, get practical workplace experience, and develop the confidence to pursue further learning, volunteering and 
employment opportunities.

Providing equitable access to Camosun students

Welcome to the Centre for Accessible Learning. We support students who self-identify with a diagnosed disability in achieving their educational goals by arranging and coordinating appropriate and reasonable supports and accommodations. The centre also provides expert guidance to the college community, enabling faculty and staff to create a more accessible learning environment.
The Centre promotes leading practices to enhance equity and inclusion by:
  • Advancing the principles of universal design to minimize the need for adaptions and accommodations and  by creating a learning environment that meets the highest standard of usability and accessibility for all
  • Supporting students to become proactive self-advocates 
  • Providing training and development opportunities for faculty and staff and developing resources to support instructors
  • Ensuring supports and accommodations are aligned with the college's educational mandate, academic principles, and legal obligations
  • Identifying and removing barriers that prevent access and impede success
  • Celebrating the diversity of abilities within the college and reducing disability-related stigma

Click HERE for more information

TeenWork is an innovative youth employment program from CanAssist at the University of Victoria. The program is designed to help youth with disabilities and mental health challenges find and retain meaningful, part-time paid employment while attending high school. TeenWork was developed with the aim of filling a gap in the employment field for youth with disabilities as they near the transition to adulthood.

The TeenWork program is best suited to individuals who are:
  • ages 15 to 19;
  • motivated to attend regular meetings (one to two per week);
  • interested in finding paid employment; and
  • enrolled in high school.

TeenWork serves youth in two streams: group-based and one-on-one. Both streams offer self-awareness and skills-building workshops and activities, and, once a position is found, provide one-on-one, on-site job coaching at workplaces. The referral form is the same for the group-based and one-on-one programs.

Click HERE for more information

The BC Initiative for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (BC-IPSE), under STEPS Forward, provides inclusion support for students with developmental disabilities to enroll, pursue studies and engage in extracurricular activities at their local college or university. 

These students access and engage in the same courses and opportunities to study, work and play as any other student enrolled at college or university.

Are you a student with a learning disability, ADHD, mental health issue or long-term recurring physical or sensory disability? Do you have chronic health issues?
If you do, and you want to be part of our programs, or need academic accommodations to address barriers to your education, you need to register with the Center for Accessible Learning.
After you register  we'll work with you, your instructors and others to create learning environments that are equitable, inclusive and usable .

STARTE (Employment Services program with film industry training)

This exciting 6-week Skills Training and Readiness to Employment (STARTE) initiative for Victoria area residents prepares and introduces you for possible jobs in the film industry. It also strengthens skills that are useful in other fields.
Click here to check out some of the projects they've worked on - you too can be a part of this fantastic free program designed for emerging filmmakers looking for basic training in the film industry!
 For more information, call 778-265-2585.
High-impact job readiness workshops include:
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Personality Dimensions
  • Successful Interview Techniques
  • Job Preparation
  • FITS - Film Industry Training and Skills.

Beacon is proud to offer free courses to help you prepare to work in a retail environment.
Our free  Cashier Training course is 3-weeks long, and offered in partnership with the United Way. You'll learn how to operate a cash register and point-of-sale machine. You'll also strengthen your customer service skills and learn how to be safe in the workplace.
Our free  Retail Training Course is 8-weeks long. You'll get hands-on experience working in a busy store environment - and learn how to price, sort and display merchandise, how to serve customers and run the cash machines, and more. Offered in partnership with the United Way


The Victoria/Saanich WorkBC Centres serves as a one-stop employment services shop.  Whether you are looking for work, interested in changing jobs, enrolled in an apprenticeship program, receiving Provincial Income Assistance, receiving Federal Employment Insurance, or just interested in what's happening in the local labour market, you've come to the right place.
We have a variety of services and supports, tailored to the specific needs of YOUTH.
Monthly Youth Nights
  • Once a month between 6-8PM we offer  youth-focused career workshops, including networking walks, hands on learning, job site tours and food! Stay tuned for upcoming dates & themes.
Community Outreach
  • Youth can find our Youth Employment Outreach Coordinator in schools, community centres, and other youth-serving agencies around the Greater Victoria area - keep a lookout for what's happening near you!
Case Management
  • Depending eligibility, youth can access the support from one of our WorkBC Services Specialists, adding even more support to their toolkits. Talk to our Youth Employment Outreach Coordinator to learn more about the supports available specific to you.
 Get started using online services or visit your nearest WorkBC Victoria office today at:
·         201-1483 Douglas St.
·         201-3962 Borden St.

The VDRC's Employment Program focuses on increasing job search skills. This includes:
  • Writing targeted resumes & cover letters
  • Answering Killer Questions like "Tell me about yourself?" so you know what the employer want to know
  • Practicing interview skills
  • To disclose or not to disclose: If, when and how to disclose your disability to employers
  • Answering behavioural and situational questions
  • Dealing with illegal interview questions
  • Addressing gaps in employment
  • And much, much more

The Family Support Institute, through the  familyWORKs initiative, is starting to look at creating chapters all across British Columbia that will bring families together to learn the different approaches in getting employment for people with differing abilities.
familyWORKs helps families to see the possibility, to dream, to believe and then get information about how to best achieve employment for their family members who have a disability.

Our Values

familyWORKs believes that families have the power and responsibility to lead the way in strengthening the participation of people with disabilities in our economic community.

Our Vision

A community that uses the knowledge and social capital of families to advance the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Our Mission

To bring families together to share knowledge and network to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities in the economic community as workers, entrepreneurs, consumers, and taxpayers.
  • Partner with members within the economic community in chapters across BC and participate in employment initiatives.
  • To support families through the FSI Resource Parent Network.

Click HERE for more information


New Expanded Eligibility for our programs and services!

WorkLink is a WorkBC Employment Service Centre. We have two public Resource Centers open to all job seekers.  As well, we provide free individualized services and comprehensive supports  to eligible job seekers in the Westshore and Sooke region  who are unemployed, underemployed or precariously employed (new!).

B.C. supplemental bursary for students with a permanent disability

ACCESS - Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society

ACCESS is the place to start building your future today. We deliver a unique and diverse assortment of education, training, counselling, support and financial services designed to help members of the urban Aboriginal community overcome barriers that may stand in the way of success and self-sufficiency. We develop partnerships with organizations and companies that match their needs to the needs of our Aboriginal clients creating a win, win situation for both partners.

The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits.

Applying for a Social Insurance Number
All applicants residing in Canada should apply in-person; however, special measures are in place to accommodate individuals who cannot apply in-person at a Service Canada point of service.
When applying in person, gather all the required documents and take them to the nearest Service Canada point of service. If everything is in order, you will get your SIN during your visit.

There are four types of community inclusion support:

Skill Development

Community inclusion support could be the only CLBC support you receive, or it could be one part of your plan. The kind and amount of support you receive is based on the need for help in specific areas. 

The program is designed to support youth who have barriers to employment such as mental health issues, personal and family trauma, criminal record, poor physical and emotional health and social isolation including minimal connection to school and/or community. 
We also know that a job is not just a job. It is a way to improve self-esteem, a way to develop skills and learn new information, a way to improve social connectedness and ultimately to establish an anchor that you can rely on to keep you steady in times of need throughout your life.

We provide academic accommodations and services to all eligible TRU students, both on campus and Open Learning. We facilitate equal access to educational opportunities by reducing physical, attitudinal and systemic barriers.

Please note, the CLV resource list is for information purposes only.  We do not necessarily endorse or recommend the services and programs listed outside of our agency services.

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