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Services for Job Seekers

Our employment consultants specialize in the unique needs of adults aged 16 and over who are Deaf or hard of hearing to help you find a job and succeed at work.

Why choose us

We focus on the unique employment challenges of people who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Other organizations that offer services for people with disabilities may not have our personal experience of hearing loss, knowledge base, and expertise working with a wide range of hearing loss in the workplace. We can also address the needs of people with literacy challenges and deaf immigrants whose first language is not English or ASL.

What we offer

Our services are free of charge to job seekers aged 16 and over and are available at 15 CHS locations across Ontario. Employment Services at CHS is the largest service of its kind in Ontario and we have many years of experience and partnerships with employers province-wide.

Career counselling and job search training

Our experienced employment consultants can communicate in the language of your choice and provide help with:

  • job search challenges related to hearing loss
  • career planning
  • résumé and cover letter services
  • leads and referrals to potential job opportunities
  • preparing for interviews
  • arranging an interpreter or live translation of speech to text (CART) for your interviews

Support on the job

We have expertise in counselling, technology and workplace accommodation to help you succeed at your job. We can work with you and your employer to:

  • find assistive technology and communication devices such as TTYs (text telephones)
  • identify and implement appropriate workplace accommodations for a barrier-free work environment
  • offer communication workshops to your co-workers
  • help find solutions to communication barriers

Employment resource centres

You can visit one of our CHS locations to access:

  • job listings
  • university and college information
  • local training information
  • computers and Internet
  • TTY and fax machines for job search correspondence

Real world example: The hospitality sector

CHS recently partnered with the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association (OHRMA) to introduce industry stakeholders to a new pool of employees and potential customers who are: people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Learn more about the CHS-ORHMA Project.  

FAQs for job seekers

Here are the answers to some of your most common questions.


This program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. 


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