PROJECT FAST TRACK

We recognize that businesses are working in over-drive to tackle the challenges of the new workplace and need dependable sourcing strategies now. Job seekers on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability are also looking to gain hands-on work skills and experience and access to job opportunities during a tough job market. 


That’s where Project Fast Track can help. Fast Track supports Canadian businesses to build a qualified candidate pool that is prepared for the new workplace of today. Fast Track connects skilled job seekers on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability with local businesses through a customized, supported on-site (or virtual) training program, building a talent pool of pre-trained and screened candidates.

In partnering with Fast Track, businesses:  

  • Accelerate their recruitment and onboarding, building a candidate pool that is ready, willing and able to meet the demands of the new workplace

  • Accelerate inclusion in the workplace through building long-term internal organizational capacity to hire and onboard employees on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability 

  • Accelerate an inclusive economic recovery 

In participating in Fast Track, trainees:

  • Build key skills needed for in-demand jobs, with specific training on new or expanded health and safety protocols related to COVID-19

  • Accelerate workforce entry through on-site and/or virtual training with local businesses

How it works

Fast Track is a customized, supported, short-term training program that trains candidates on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability for in-demand jobs at local businesses. Training is customized and delivered by internal staff trainers with external supports such as job coaching (if needed) to ensure a wraparound approach to training. Training is delivered on site or virtually, following COVID-19 protocols. 

Fast Track’s unique approach leverages internal expertise and fosters and recognizes leadership among existing staff who have the opportunity to become in-house trainers.

Offered in 3 communities across the country, Fast Track creates a qualified, trained candidate pool that has the key skills needed for in-demand jobs, with specific training on new or expanded health and safety protocols related to COVID-19.

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Additional Benefits:

    

  • Provides partnering businesses with salary replacement costs associated with the in-house trainer up to a maximum of 6 weeks 

  • Provides trainees with a weekly training + transportation allowance up to a maximum of 4 weeks

  • Businesses that hire inclusively and build inclusion into their recovery response experience a return on investment.

  • Get the facts from businesses who have hired through Ready, Willing and Able (RWA), a national initiative that supports Canadian businesses to build an inclusive workplace that capitalizes on the skills and qualifications of people with an intellectual disability or ASD. 

British Columbia

 

Maegan O’Neill

Project Coordinator/Team Lead

Canucks Autism Network

To learn how to become a Project Fast Track Business Partner or how to participate as a trainee, contact our BC team lead.

maegan.oneill@canucksautism.ca

With a strong background in autism and employment readiness training, Maegan is passionate about creating lasting connections between employers and job seekers. She not only believes that inclusive workplaces boost workplace culture but also offer an innovation advantage.

PROJECT FAST TRACK PARTNERS, BC

 
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“We are very excited to partner with the Canucks Autism Network and look forward to  working together.” 

 

Geoff Linquist 

President 

Papa John’s Pizza BC

“Gabi & Jules is a proud inclusive employer. We are very excited to be part of Project Fast Track to help us find new ways to create opportunities for inclusion at our bakery and continue to stay true to our mission of being inclusive of individuals of all abilities."

 

Lisa Beecroft

Co-Owner of Gabi & Jules

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"We are thrilled to take part in Project Fast Track. Rad Power Bikes is built on a culture of inclusivity, where we value every voice and the experiences each one of our team brings. We are excited to welcome our trainees, to support their growth and skill development, include them in our community and learn from them."  

 

Pam Keenan Fritz

Chief People + Culture Officer / Rad Power Bikes LLC

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"As a Canadian business, Waves Coffee (Westwood location) is honoured to partner alongside the Canucks Autism Network in playing a role in Project Fast Track. We commit to train, equip, and support those who seek jobs on the autism spectrum and/or are with an intellectual disability. We look forward to building and helping others prepare for the new workplace of today, and consider this to be an excellent opportunity to give back to our community."

 

Helmi, Nermine and Kareem Adly

Co-Owners

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"The Canadian Institute of Food Safety provides government-regulated Food Handler Certification training to individuals and businesses across Canada. We are proud to be working with Project Fast Track to provide these certifications to assist learners in finding valuable employment opportunities."

Ontario

Jessica Curry

Project Coordinator/Team Lead

Kerry’s Place Autism Services

To learn how to become a Project Fast Track Business Partner or how to participate as a trainee, contact our ON team leads.

jessica.curry@kerrysplace.org

Kiarra Partington

Project Coordinator/Team Lead

Kerry’s Place Autism Services

To learn how to become a Project Fast Track Business Partner or how to participate as a trainee, contact our ON team leads.

kiarra.partington@kerrysplace.org

Kiarra and Jessica are Autism Consultants from Kerry’s Place Autism Services and Co-Coordinators for Project Fast Track Ontario, based out of Toronto. We are partnering with local businesses to improve workplace inclusion for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder or intellectual disabilities, while addressing the hiring and support needs businesses have as a response to COVID-19.

PROJECT FAST TRACK PARTNERS, ONTARIO

“Novellus Graphic Resource is excited to take part in Project Fast Track. Our company strives to build a safe and courteous work environment focused on respect, team building, and, most importantly, inclusivity. We look forward to welcoming our new trainee and supporting their growth and development within our company.”

Danielle Bass, Project Manager Novellus Graphic Resource

 “The TDSB takes pride in fostering inclusivity and diversity. We are excited to announce Project Fast Track will be supporting our culinary program, On the Line (operated by the TDSB Community Services unit) to be inclusive for individuals on the autism spectrum or an intellectual disability, and to be able to offer customized, 1:1 support!”

Sherine Thonson, Community Services Supervisor

On the Line Culinary Program, Community Services Programs, Toronto District School Board

 
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"The Canadian Institute of Food Safety provides government-regulated Food Handler Certification training to individuals and businesses across Canada. We are proud to be working with Project Fast Track to provide these certifications to assist learners in finding valuable employment opportunities."

Prince Edward Island

Grace Kimpinski

Project Coordinator/Team Lead

Prince Edward Island Association for Community Living

To learn how to become a Project Fast Track Business Partner or how to participate as a trainee, contact our PEI team lead.

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Grace Kimpinski is the Coordinator for Project Fast Track at Prince Edward Island Association for Community Living (PEIACL) in Charlottetown, PEI. She is also the Communications and Fund Development Manager for PEIACL. She loves helping individuals and organizations set and achieve their goals, which is why she is so passionate about the work she does. In her free time, Grace does some behind-the-scenes work in theatre, sits on a couple of non-profit boards, and spends time with her family.

PROJECT FAST TRACK PARTNERS, PEI

“Rodd Hotels and Resorts is very pleased to partner with PEIACL on Project Fast Track. We believe the best workplaces are both diverse and inclusive and by seeing the ability and not the disability in our hiring practices we develop an incredible team.” 

  

Mary Lou MacFarlane, Human Resources Manager  

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Through our partnership with Rodd Hotels and Resorts, Project Fast Track trainees gain hands-on experience in the hospitality sector, one of the Island’s biggest industries. Training will be offered in housekeeping and laundry and trainees will receive basic First-Aid and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) certification.

Training Dates:

  • Training #1: February 8-26, 2021 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) 

  • Training #2: March 1-19, 2021 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

“Kings Playhouse is thrilled to be partnering with PEIACL on Project Fast Track. Recognizing and celebrating our individual talents, gift and skills is the ideal way to create a vibrant organization. The arts and culture sector offers a diverse array of skills that will give participants the opportunity to grow, develop and thrive.” 

 

Haley Zavo, Executive/Co-Artistic Director

Kings Playhouse

  

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Participants will gain exposure and training on the role of General Facility and Administrative Assistant. This training will cover physical building maintenance, event preparation and facilitation (including setting up of spaces, placing chairs and tables, etc.),  welcoming guests and patrons,  offering assistance to visitors and other administrative tasks (including answering phones, general office tasks, etc.).

Training Dates: Stay Tuned! Training dates to be announced soon.

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"The Canadian Institute of Food Safety provides government-regulated Food Handler Certification training to individuals and businesses across Canada. We are proud to be working with Project Fast Track to provide these certifications to assist learners in finding valuable employment opportunities."

Project Fast Track is one of four pillars of the Employment Recovery Project, an initiative aimed at improving workplace inclusion for persons on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability through addressing critical hiring and support needs that have emerged in response to COVID-19.

The Employment Recovery Project is delivered by Inclusion Canada (formerly the Canadian Association for Community Living) and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) and works in collaboration with Ready, Willing and Able.