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Improving quality of life for all

Each year, Abilities Centre engages more than 100,000 people living with and without disabilities through programs and services that impact the building blocks of quality of life: health and well-being, social inclusion, and economic participation.  

How we make a difference

Together, we are building more accessible and inclusive communities. 

Abilities Centre is a community hub, research lab and inclusion incubator. We deliver programs, lead research and advocacy on inclusion issues, and develop innovative frameworks for scaling our programs and services to help communities across Canada and beyond. 

  • Percentage of Canadians living with a disability A Living Model

    Acknowledged as an International Centre of Excellence, our community hub brings together people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds as a living example of the power of inclusion to build community. 

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  • Our community and facility Our Community

    The incidence of disability in Canada is rising and takes many shapes and forms. To serve the needs of the 22% of Canadians who identify as having a disability, we strive to adopt universal design and inclusion principles that make our programming and services available to everyone.

    Our ‘living lab’ is contributing to the growth of research and literature on accessibility and inclusion and ensuring our programs and services have the greatest impact possible. 

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  • Research

    Abilities Centre has a diversified and sustainable revenue model that leverages government investment, private sector partnerships, enterprise and philanthropic revenue sources 

    Using our facility as a learning lab provides us with a unique opportunity for our research staff to measure and evaluate our programs  

    Research at Abilities Centre


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