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Canadian Society for Social Development . Did You Know…. Over 14% of the Canadian adult population lives with a disability. This means 1 out of every 7 Canadians aged 15 and over. An estimated 4.4million people.

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Canadian Society


Social Development

did you know
Did You Know…
  • Over 14% of the Canadian adult population lives with a disability.
  • This means 1 out of every 7 Canadians aged 15 and over.
  • An estimated 4.4million people.
  • Of this number, over 1 million are unemployed and would like to work.

Stats Canada 2002

cssd background
CSSD Background
  • Federally incorporated, non profit

with charitable status

  • Funded by HRSDC, the Vancouver Foundation & our tuition revenue
  • We offer two online, interactive entrepreneurial programs for Canadians facing barriers to employment
  • Virtual organization established in Nelson BC with staff around the country
cssd online learning
CSSD Online Learning

We offer two online programs

  • Business Abilities – business planning and advance business management course with online coaching
    • We serve approx 100-150 students per year
  • Internet Business Development for Entrepreneurs (IBDE) – tuition based
  • Students can register online for both programs

Learning Online Across Canada

  • Participants:
  • Work at home at their own pace
  • Establish a small business as a way of earning an income
  • Develop a network with other entrepreneurs across the country
  • Bolster self-esteem

Participants learn from home

CSSSD staff available online

www businessabilities ca
  • One year business planning & management course with 1 on 1 coaching assistance
  • Phase One is where:
    • students assess entrepreneurial skills
    • research their business ideas
    • prepare a business plan that is critiqued by our team
  • Phase Two – (while they establish their business) includes:
    • Advance Business Management Modules
    • Virtual Classroom with experts in various fields
  • Site is bilingual, web accessible and it features video clips, conversation café etc.
ba eligibility requirements
BA Eligibility Requirements
  • Have a permanent disability or chronic health problem
  • Be unemployed (less than 20hrs/wk)
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Be in need of assistance to prepare for self employment
  • Not collecting EI or be reachback (Some exceptions can be made)

Course Enhancements

1 on 1 Interaction with virtual instructors through web cams, instant messaging, phone, email & virtual classroom & desktop sharing

virtual classroom
Virtual Classroom

A Screenshot of Our Virtual Classroom


Course Description

  • FT 6 month accredited program with 7 modules
    • Introduction to the Internet  Site Design & Theory
    • Web Graphics & Advance  HTML/XHTML programming
    • Expression Web  Website Marketing & E-commerce
ibde criteria
IBDE Criteria
  • self-identify as someone facing barriers to employment
  • be unemployed (work less than 20 hours per week)
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • possess some computer skills

(questionnaire is given to assess skills)

  • have a computer that meets the requirements for web design work with an Internet connection.
  • Be prepared to use the skills when finished

  • Showcases websites made by IBDE Grads
  • Mall directory displays the different types of categories

(ie: arts & crafts, tourism, service, etc)

  • Currently there are thousands of products & services being featured in the sites.
program costs
Program Costs
  • The Business Abilities Program is free for eligible PWD.
  • We are also expanding this program next fall to anyone wanting to explore self employment. Tuition TBA
  • IBDE tuition assistance is usually available from federal or provincial training programs.

Future Plans

  • Encourage
    • Employment, Disability, Youth & Aboriginal Support Agencies
    • Business Development Centres CF/CBDC’s
    • To partner with us and promote the program as if it were their own.
  • IBDE is now taking applications for our next intake. Register online at
  • Business Abilities has a continuous intake at: