KW Career Compass provides support for people with barriers to employment while working with employers to create a diverse and inclusive workforce across Kitchener Waterloo.  Did you know that 22% of Canadians have a disability and even more have some other type of barrier when it comes to getting (and keeping) a job?  We work with job seekers AND employers to bridge the gap and foster a community where everyone belongs and participates.
Person supported by KW Career Compass smiling at their workplace.

Job Seekers

We guide Job Seekers in the right direction to find meaningful employment by matching interests, skills, and career goals. This individual approach helps job seekers find the perfect employment fit!

What We Can Do For Job Seekers…

  • Create an Employment Plan: Individualized supports to plan for all the steps in reaching employment goals.
  • Job Readiness Coaching and Courses: Career exploration, workshops, resume building and interview preparation.
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities in authentic work and community settings to help identify individual interests and skill levels.
  • Job Development: Individualized job search plan in finding the right job.
  • Job Coaches: On the job training and ongoing job retention and maintenance supports.

Who is eligible?

  • KW Career Compass works with adults residing in Waterloo Region with any barrier to employment.
  • Referrals for folks with developmental disabilities are received from Developmental Services Ontario (DSO)
  • Fee for Service options are available for anyone not connected to DSO or on their waitlist.  To access Fee for Service options, please contact KW Career Compass at [email protected] or call the manager of KW Career Compass at 519-744-6307 ext 1252.


The employers we are connected with are working with us to create diverse & inclusive workforce across Kitchener Waterloo!

Are you looking to improve productivity & innovation? Many companies are discovering the business advantages of hiring people with disabilities.

What We Do For YOUR Business…

  • Match the labour needs of employers with the skills/abilities of our job seekers  for full-time, part-time, casual, and seasonal opportunities.

  • Provide on the job training to ensure employer satisfaction.

  • Offer orientation, basic training, and on-going support for both employers and the new employee.

  • Provide effective working solutions to a variety of employment demands in a diverse range of fields.

  • As an extension of your Human Resources, we provide all of this at no charge to you!

How can your company benefit by including people who have a disability in your workforce? Contact us to find out!

Person supported through KW Career Compass using walkie talkie at Bingemans.

Resources for Employers

Did You Know...

Two people supported by KW Career Compass working at Tim Hortons preparing donuts.
Businesses hiring people who have a disability experience a 72% increase in productivity
Person supported through KW Career Compass smiling while gathering items in a basket from around the store they work at.
Inclusive businesses grow profits up to 3x faster than their competitors.

A Few of Our Employer Partners

KW Career Compass Stories