Causeway Work Centre

Empowering people with mental health and employment challenges to find rewarding work.

Sustainable Development Goals

  • Sustainable Development Goals - 1. No Poverty
  • Sustainable Development Goals - 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Sustainable Development Goals - 10. Reduced Inequality
  • Sustainable Development Goals - 12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Quick facts

  • Founded: 1977
  • Organizational Structure: non-profit
  • Home base: Ottawa, Ontario
  • Sector: Education, Social Services

What's your social mission?

Causeway is a community economic development organization, running a over a dozen programs, including its businesses. Causeway’s primary focus is on employment, transforming lives in Ottawa through an integrated network of innovative training and employment programs, one-on-one support, cross-sector partnerships and by creating socially minded businesses.

Over the years, Causeway has expanded its activities and impact through an ongoing commitment to innovation. Through this, Causeway has been able to support a broader spectrum of disadvantaged people, pilot new ventures that address community needs, and become a recognized leader in the area of social enterprise.

Doug Pawson - Causeway Work Centre

Early on, we underpriced and undervalued our worth, and that cost us in terms of reaching sustainability. As we transitioned our Good Nature Groundskeeping to a commercial landscaping business, we led with margin, and that has allowed us to generate revenues that reinvest into the organization as a whole.

Doug Pawson

Director, Social Business & Social Finance Profile Causeway


Number of donated bikes taken over by Causeway’s only triple-bottom line business, Cycle Salvation, saving Ottawa’s landfills from additional waste.


Number of individuals currently employed who would likely not be employed otherwise.


Number of people served by Causeway's Krackers Katering


  • January 2020

The Ecosystem

Causeway is an active participant in our entrepreneurial ecosystem. Here are a few of the services they’ve used:

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