Community Access Program

Are you 18-24 years old?

Do you identify as having a disability(ies)?

Do you live in the Halifax Regional Municipality?

Do you want to fully participate in your community?

Join our Community Access Program!  Apply below:

If you are filling out our CAP application form on your smartphone, click here to access the application.

Have questions? Reach out to us at cap@ilns.ca or 902-453-0004. 


Two participants smiling at the camera while completing a community recreational activity on the Harbour Hopper.
Two participants completing a classroom activity on the whiteboard.

As a Community Access Program team member you will:

  1. Participate in life skills activities, which include: learning to budget, shop, and prepare a meal; taking the bus; how to disclose your disability.
  2. Complete employability skills workshops like: motivation and goal setting; creating a cover letter and resume; interview skills.
  3. Gain employability skills through community volunteer experiences.
  4. Engage in social activities chosen as a group (examples include: going bowling, visiting a museum, arts and crafts).
  5. And so much more!

Program Information:

  • CAP runs for 9 weeks;
  • Participants start CAP April 8, 2024
  • CAP wrap-up celebration is on June 6, 2024

Testimonials & Features:

  • “I like being able to learn new things in class each day; I find that very fun."
  • “What I enjoy most about CAP is the community outings each week. My favourite has been spending the day on the waterfront and going on the Harbour Hopper."
  • “I have a lot of fun doing different activities and really enjoy volunteering at the animal shelter.”

Sean Green:

Q: What are a few things everyone should know about you?
A: I enjoy traveling to tropical locations with my family, I am the oldest of three boys. In my spare time, I enjoy going for walks around my neighborhood, going to the gym, and cooking.

Q: What’s your favourite part about ILNS offerings?
A: What I enjoy most about CAP is the community outings each week, my favourite has been spending the day on the waterfront and going on the Harbour Hopper. Other programs I enjoy attending are the Christmas Gala and Community Cooking & Connections. I like meeting new people and getting to do fun activities in the community.

Q: How has your involvement in the CAP program helped you become more independent?
A: In CAP, I have learned different expectations of the workplace, gained interview skills, better time management, and other life skills. I am now confident taking the bus by myself and have been able to secure a job once programming is finished.

Q: What’s one piece of advice you want to share with our audience?
A: I think that asking for help is very important. Asking for help is not a bad thing and should be encouraged so that you can do your best.

Q: What’s one future goal you have for yourself?
A: A future goal I have for myself is to succeed in my new job after CAP is finished. I want to learn new skills and meet new people that will help me succeed in the workforce.

Emma Salah:

Q: What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
A: I love to have fun! I enjoy dancing, playing basketball, singing, and I love the beach- it's so beautiful there.

Q: What’s your favorite part about participating in the Community Access Program (CAP)?
A: I like being able to learn new things in class each day, I find that very fun. I enjoy the activities we get to do on Thursday afternoons, my favourite activity was going to the museum of the Atlantic. I'm also excited to continue my community volunteer placement.

Q: How has your involvement in CAP helped you to be more independent?
A: I have learned many new skills that help me be more independent like cleaning, cooking, and taking the bus around Halifax! I really enjoy the CAP program. I'm happy to be involved in such a fun program.

Q: What’s one piece of advice you want to share with our audience?
A: For everyone to participate and be in the CAP program to become more independent.

Q: What’s one future goal you have for yourself?
A: To get a job!

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