International Association of
Machinists-Center For Administering
Rehabilitation and Employment Services


The project Jeunes individus handicapés physiques/sensoriels issus de l’immigration ou des communautés culturelles (JIHPSI) was successfully conducted in 2011–2012 and 2012–2013.

During the two project cohorts, more than 48 unemployed youth who met the following criteria received support:
  • Be between 16 and 30 years old
  • Have a physical, sensory or neurological disability
  • Be an immigrant or part of a visible minority
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Live on the Island of Montréal
  • Not receive employment insurance or social assistance benefits during the program
The JIHPSI project represented a concrete solution to some of the barriers to employment and other challenges participants were facing.

The 13-week program offered group training in pre-employability, professional and individualized psychosocial coaching as well as the integration of a paid exploratory internship in line with the needs of the labour market and adapted to participants’ preferences.