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NBASSE is the New Brunswick Association for Supported Services and Employment

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    Employment First Model


    New Brunswick has implemented an ‘Employment First’ model.


    The employment First philosophy is focused on normative experience, inclusion, and capacity building. It recognizes that everyone has skills and abilities that can be developed and used to contribute to the workplace and to their community. Employment First is considered a best practice in disability services. It is an approach to service delivery that supports working-age adults, regardless of any perceived level of disability, to have choice and opportunities to earn a living through paid employment in the open labour market.

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  • Ronald Palmer, success from the Albert Career Development Centre

    Ronald Palmer, success from the Albert Career Development Centre

    Ron has been a client of the Albert Career Development Centre for many years.

    He has had various jobs during those years. Although Ron was always a good employee he never had his dream job until recently.

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  • Atelier Beausoleil / Albert Career Development Centre

    Atelier Beausoleil / Albert Career Development Centre

    Atelier Beausoleil, in operation since 1974, has seen a shift in community acceptance.

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  • Light It Up! for NDEAM

    The New Brunswick Association for Supported Services and Employment (NBASSE) will participate in the celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October. Light It Up! is an initiative led by the Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN) which started in Ontario in 2020. ODEN, in partnership with the Canadian Association of Supported Employment (CASE) is taking the initiative national in 2021.
    Communities across the country will light up key landmarks in blue/purple to highlight the importance of the inclusion and employment of people with disabilities; as well as spotlighting the different ways people with disabilities can contribute to businesses in their communities and their ability to work and help their employers to be successful and competitive.
    As the only disability employment organization in New Brunswick, NBASSE has taken the lead on this initiative in partnership with the Premiers Council on Disabilities. The New Brunswick Provincial Legislative Assembly building in Fredericton has agreed to light up this important New Brunswick landmark on the night of October 21st, 2021, in observance of NDEAM and the Light It Up! initiative.
    NBASSE is planning to assist ODEN in the expansion of this initiative in New Brunswick in 2022 and beyond.

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  • Disability tax credit (DTC)

    20 July 2022
    The CRA announced updates to the eligibility criteria for Canada’s Disability Tax Credit (DTC) on June 23. As of June 23, the criteria for mental functions and life-sustaining therapy will be expanded to better reflect the realities of people living with a disability.
    As a result of these measures, more families and people living with disabilities will qualify for the DTC. The DTC also opens the door to related benefit programs linked to DTC eligibility, such as the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) and Canada Worker’s Benefit (CWB), both which provide important financial relief.
    The updated criteria will make it easier for individuals to be assessed and give more eligible people access to the DTC and other benefits.
    The major changes include:

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  • Benefits and credits available for persons with disabilities and their caregivers

    13 July 2022
    Disability tax credit (DTC) Eligible individuals with a disability or their supporting family member may claim $8,662 per year as a non-refundable tax credit. Persons under 18 years of age at the end of the year may also be eligible for an additional amount of up to $5,053 per year. For more information about the DTC, go to

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  • Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities

    05 July 2022
    The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities assists persons with disabilities to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment. It supports persons with disabilities in overcoming barriers to participation in the Canadian labour market, and it supports employers to hire persons with disabilities. This program supports a wide range of programs and services, including job search supports, pre-employability services, wage subsidies, work placements and employer awareness initiatives to encourage employers to hire persons with disabilities. The Opportunities Fund is delivered across the country by Service Canada Centres, in partnership with organizations in the community.
    For more information please visit Employment and social development Canada

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