About Us

About Community Inclusion Society

Community Inclusion Society (Community Inc) is a not-for-profit organization that offers employment programming for all job seekers and employers in Kings County and West Hants County, Nova Scotia.

We believe in Accessibility, Equity, and Inclusion.

Over the past 21 years, we have offered a variety of programs to create increased opportunities for all individuals to fully take part in their communities.

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We are Accessible.

  • Community Inc offers programs for job seekers and employers of all abilities. 
  • We have created our spaces, programs, and services so everyone can use them. 
  • We have a universally designed client self-serve computer station in our Nova Scotia Works centres (Kentville and Windsor locations), as well as accessible keyboards, software, mice, and non-English language keyboards. 
  • All Community Inc program spaces are wheelchair or mobility aid accessible. 

We are Equitable.

  • At Community Inc, we know people need different levels of support, services, and programming. 
  • We connect directly with employers for job seekers who are facing extra job seeking challenges. 
  • We provide education to help remove barriers for job seekers with disabilities, who are African Nova Scotians or of African descent, Indigenous, or visible minority, experiencing poverty, and/or part of the LGBTQ2S+ community.
  • We also help clients find specialized programs and funding.
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We are Inclusive.

  • At Community Inc, we believe everyone has a right to employment and a place in their community. 
  • We support both job seekers and employers in finding the right employment opportunities, with the support they need. 
  • Employment supports include job coaching, learning or physical assessments, one- on-one job search support, and support after employment.

Our Partners

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Why Work With Us

Our Mission

We work in partnership with persons with disabilities and employers to achieve full access, equity and inclusion through education, support and advocacy.

Our Vision

Community Inc will champion real societal change to create full economic, political and social inclusion for persons with disabilities.

Our Values
  • Accessibility
  • Inclusion
  • Equity
  • Community
  • Transparent
  • Diversity
  • Holistic & Person Directed
  • Respect
  • Accountability
  • Excellence

Our History

March 2001

Opening Date

Community Inc was originally known as Valley Disability Partnership Society when it started in 2001. The original purpose was to respond to the employment needs of the local disability community.

March 2001

2008

Community INC

In 2008, the name was legally changed to Community Inclusion Society to better represent our vision of a fully inclusive community. Community Inc offered targeted employment services to persons with disabilities in Kings and West Annapolis Counties.

2008

2015

Nova Scotia Works

In 2015, the province of Nova Scotia put in place their vision of more inclusive and diverse services being offered by all provincially funded employment programs through the Nova Scotia Works program of services. Community Inc was successful in being one of the 17 organizations in Nova Scotia to offer this program on behalf of the province. We offer the NS Works site in Kentville alongside VANSDA.

2015

2018

Partner with Portal

In 2018, Community Inc partnered with the Portal to offer one of the two first Edge programs in the province. Edge is a program funded by the Department of Community Services to offer employment programming to youth ages 18-26 who are new to income assistance or who are at risk of needing income assistance.

2018

2020

Windsor Site Opens

In the fall of 2020, we also started offering a NS Works site in Windsor. Our NS Works program is funded by NS Department of Labour, Skills and Innovation. See NS Works for more information.

2020

2021

Edge grows to new sites

In 2021, the Edge program grew from the two original sites in Kentville (Community Inc and the Portal) and Halifax (MetroWorks) to 4 new sites in Sydney, New Glasgow, Bridgewater and another in Halifax. 

2021

2021

Back to Work

In 2021, we were funded to offer a year long program to address needs of local job seekers and industry affected by Covid 19. This program is called Back to Work: Valley Partnerships. 

2021
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