Record Participation in Light It Up! For NDEAM 2023 Reflects Increasing Conversation About Disability Inclusion in Communities Across Canada 

477 locations in 140 communities across all 10 provinces, and in 2 territories, shone purple and blue light on disability awareness Thursday night 

(Editors and writers note: the final list of locations and communities that participated in Light It Up! For NDEAM 2023 is attached at the end of this news release.) 

Whitby, ON, Friday, October 20, 2023 — Billed as a national movement that ignites conversation about the importance of disability inclusion in employment, and in businesses and communities across Canada, Light it Up! For NDEAMTM 2023 did just that in a record way — as the amount of purple and blue light shone on disability awareness Thursday night, shows.  

“Almost 500 locations in 140 communities participated this year,” says Jeannette Campbell, CEO of the Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN), which created and leads Light it Up! For NDEAM 

“That means there was a lot of engagement and conversation about disability-inclusive hiring between job seekers, families, community agencies, businesses and local governments, in many big cities, small towns and rural communities across the country.”  

Hundreds of structures — from office towers; to small and medium businesses; to government buildings; to bridges; to municipal signs, and town and city halls; to public spaces and world-famous Canadian landmarks across the nation — were all lit purple and blue Thursday night.  

Landmarks included the CN Tower, Niagara Falls, The Big Fiddle in Sydney, NS; the Terry Fox Memorial in St. John’s; The Big Nickel in Sudbury, ON; the Calgary Tower and Olympic Plaza; and the High Level Bridge in Edmonton.  

Campbell adds, “Light It Up! For NDEAM happens on this scale because those conversations happen. And involvement is increasing year on year. Several communities across Canada joined the Light It Up! For NDEAM movement for the first time this year.”  

ODEN started Light It Up! For NDEAM provincially in 2020 as part of its National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) campaign. The first year, 28 structures in 16 communities around Ontario participated. The event went national in 2021, with over 300 locations in 113 communities nationwide participating. In 2022, that increased to over 400 locations in almost 120 cities and towns across Canada. The participation in 2023 is a new record level. 

“We make it easy for anyone to participate in Light It Up! For NDEAM. We want involvement to increase like this every year,” says Campbell, “because the more the involvement, the greater the impact.”  

Light It Up! For NDEAM is having more impact than ODEN ever imagined it would when her organization started the event, she notes.  

“That’s exciting and rewarding to see happening. The conversation it starts is having a lasting impact nationwide that can affect change. This is important, because access to employment is still a major barrier for people who have a disability.” 

Over 600,000 employable Canadians who have a disability want to work, but are unemployed. Their talents, skills and abilities are not being tapped by employers, largely because many businesses are still unaware of the disability talent pool and how to connect with these job seekers. Light It Up! For NDEAM fosters connection and engagement efforts between local businesses, and community agencies that assist job seekers who have a disability. 

Light It Up! For NDEAM is having other ripple effects in the disability sector. Traditionally, awareness campaigns during National Disability Employment Awareness Month are “siloed” in individual regions and provinces that celebrate NDEAM. Light It Up! For NDEAM has become an over-arching, unifying flagship event of regional NDEAM campaigns nationwide.  

“We all have a common goal,” explains Campbell, “and that is, increasing disability awareness and confidence, leading to more, productive and equitable employment opportunities for Canadians who have a disability. Light It Up! For NDEAM has become a common national thread, with a unified message, that any organization can join in to help us all achieve that common goal.” 

Light It Up! For NDEAM is the only event of its kind in Canada during National Disability Employment Awareness Month. ODEN leads the event, but it happens in collaboration with the Canadian Association for Supported Employment, MentorAbility Canada, Jobs Ability Canada and many community-based employment agencies across Canada. 

The federal government has been involved in Light It Up! For NDEAM since 2021. This year, Public Service and Procurement Canada co-ordinated the illumination of 45 federal buildings across Canada, the most yet. They include The Public Archives and National Library of Canada in Ottawa; the National Printing Bureau in Gatineau, QC; two RCMP Division Headquarters, in Edmonton and Vancouver; the Canadian Grain Commission in Winnipeg; Government of Canada buildings in Collingwood, Timmins, London, Sarnia and Sudbury, ON; and the Greenstone Government of Canada building in Yellowknife, NWT.  

Some provincial governments also support Light It Up! For NDEAM. The Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg and Government House in St. John’s have illuminated purple and blue for the event since 2021. As well, the Government of Ontario illuminated five buildings around the province again this year. The Alberta Legislature participated for the first time.  

Light It Up! For NDEAM was incredibly successful this year, in numerous ways. A lot of people across the country put in outstanding efforts to make it so successful,” says Campbell. “The awareness night is over for another year, but the disability inclusion conversation must keep going year-round. Disability needs to be part of every business conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion. Still too often, it gets left out.”  



For more information, and to arrange interviews, contact:    
Dave Bennett, Xposure PR 905-339-6668 
Dean Askin, Communications Strategist, ODEN  416-818-1514 (cell) 


ABOUT ODEN: The Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN), created in 2008, is a professional body of more than 130 employment service providers united to increase employment opportunities for people who have a disability. Members are from every corner of the province and support people of all disability types. Beyond Ontario, ODEN ( has connections with organizations in other provinces and territories of Canada. Light It Up! For NDEAMTM is a trademark of the Ontario Disability Employment Network. 

Light It Up! for NDEAM 2023  
Final List of Participating Locations 


MRON Inc. 

Conception Bay South 
Ninepenny Brewing 
Lupin Planning Group 

Corner Brook 
Joseph R. Smallwood Building 

Labrador City 
Labrador West Employment Corporation 
Labrador Gateway Sign 
Association for New Canadians 
Labrador City Public Library 

Mount Pearl 
Goodlife Fitness (Merchant Drive) 
Goodlife Fitness (Torbay Road) 

Green Bay Community Employment Corp. 
Green Bay Youth Centre 

St. John’s 
City Hall 
St. John’s Port Authority — Terry Fox Memorial 
Wanda Butler – Happily Never After (home office) 
Avalon Employment 
Stingray Radio 
Sobeys (Kelsey Drive location) 
Cabot Tower at Signal Hill National Historic Site 
Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work Office 
Keyin College, Topsail Road Campus 
Skills Canada Office 
College of the North Atlantic (Prince Phillip Drive Campus) 
John Cabot Building 
Government House 
Inclusion Canada NL Office 

Wabush Public Library 


Confederation Centre of the Arts 
City of Charlottetown – City Hall Clock Tower 
RCMP “L” Division Headquarters 
Jean Canfield Building 

City Hall 


Nova Scotia Works Office 
Victoria Square Monument 

Nova Scotia Works Career Connections Office 
Chamber of Commerce 

Southwest Employment Services – Nova Scotia Works Career Centre 


ADDvocacy & Life Skills Coaching Ltd. 

Nova Scotia Works/Futureworx Office 

Fort Lawrence 
NS Border Visitor Centre Lighthouse 

Nova Scotia Works Career Connections Office 
Municipal Building (Municipality of the District of Guysborough) 

Port of Halifax — Halifax Seaport District 
TEAM Work Cooperative 

Lower Sackville 
Opportunity Place – Nova ScotiaWorks Office 

Mill Village 
Riverbank General Store 

New Glasgow 
Nova Scotia Works Career Connections Office 
Town of New Glasgow – Glasgow Square 
Town of New Glasgow – Carmichael Park Gazebo 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County 
Coast Tire and Auto Service 
Tim Hortons/Wendy’s (Westville Rd.) 
Stingray Radio (94.1 The Breeze & Q979) 
NSLC (Eastside store) 
Highland Community Residential Services Office 
Autism Pictou County Office 
IGNITE Atlantic 
River Run Café 


Gazebo – Market Square, Water Street (Town of Pictou) 

Municipality of Pictou County Building 

Municipality of Pictou County Signature Sign 


Southwest Employment Services – Nova Scotia Works Career Centre 


Curious Crow’s Coffee House 

The Big Fiddle (Port of Sydney) 

Futureworx Nova Scotia Works 

Town of Westville Post Office Building 

Southwest Employment Services – Nova Scotia Works Career Centre  


Downing Street 
Downton Place 
Avenir Centre

Miramichi Pay Centre 


Portage III (GoC) 
Portage IV (GoC) 
30 Victoria (GoC) 
Place du Centre (GoC) 
Les Terrasse de la Chaudière (GoC)  
National Printing Bureau (GoC) 

Complexe Guy-Favreau 
Sofitel Golden Mile 
Dominion Square 

Quebec City 
Quebec Custom House National Historic Site (Canada Border Services Agency) 
Government of Canada Building (1550 d’Estimauville)  


Agilec Employment Services 

City of Barrie — Signature Sign 
Agilec Employment Services 

City of Belleville Signature Sign 
City Hall 
Fire Station #1 
Moira Street Bridge 
META Employment Services Building 

Blenheim News Tribune 

Town of the Blue Mountains 
Blue Mountain Village – BLUE signature sign 

Michael Dawthorne (ODEN Board Chair) Residence 

Participation House 

Bracebridge Falls 
Agilec Employment Services 

City Hall Clock Tower 
Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. – Manufacturing, Distribution & Sales Centre 

St. Leonard’s Community Centre 

Burk’s Falls 
Agilec Employment Services 

Brant Street Pier 

Community Living Cambridge — Head Office 
Community Living Cambridge — Franklin Centre 

Chatham-Kent Civic Centre (atrium) 
Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. – Make Ready Centre Chatham 
Community Living Chatham-Kent 
Judy Lamarsh Building 
Tecumseh Building 

E3 Community Services HQ – 100 Pretty River Pkwy 
E3 Community Services – 250 Pine Street 
Town Clock 
CWOOD Signature Sign, Hurontario Street 
Government of Canada Building 

Seaway International Bridge Pier 
Eastern Ontario Training Board 
City of Cornwall – Lights at Fountain (340 Pitt St.) 

Community Living Essex County 

Life Directions Employment Supports North Office 
South East Grey Support Services South Office 
Flesherton Home Hardware 

Employment North 

City of Guelph — Market Square 
Ontario Government Building, 1 Stone Road West 

Fleming CREW Employment Centre 
Fleming College – School of Art & Design 

Hamilton Signature Sign 
Hamilton City Hall 
Path Employment Services 
The Career Foundation 

Community Living Huntsville 

Agilec Employment Services 

Kenora Association for Community Living 

City Hall 
Springer Market Square 
Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. – Kingston Distribution Centre

Agilec Employment Services

Lanark County 
Performance Plus Rehabilitative Care (Home Office)

Fleming College – Frost Campus 

City Hall 
Canada Life 
J.A. Taylor Building 
RBC Place London 
Fanshawe College 
Goodwill Career Centre 
Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. – London Distribution Centre 
Dominion Public Building 
Richard Pierpoint Building 

Rossiter Boats 

Civic Centre 
Gateway Sign 

Town of Meaford – Meaford Water Tower  

Rooted Cafe 

Civic Centre Clock Tower 
Career Connection (Community Living Mississauga) 
Options Print Shop 

Region of York Administration Centre 
Riverwalk Commons 
Fred A. Lundy Bridge 

Niagara Falls 
Horseshoe Falls and American Falls 

North Bay 
Community Living North Bay – Main Office 
Yes Employment Services, Nipissing 
March of Dimes Canada – Kennedy Building 
Fleming CREW Employment Centre
Salvation Army
Capital Centre (Marquis Signage)
Cascade Casino North Bay
Alliance Public School
North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce
Clark Communications Building
Kind Forest School
Amelia Rising Offices
Suswin Village
Vossos-Luoma & Associates
City Hall

Oakville Town Hall 
Chartwell Building

Agilec Employment Services 
Ontario Government — Lincoln M. Alexander Building 
Paper Planes Pay Café 
Ness Law/Hartley House 
Ontario Provincial Police Headquarters

“Ottawa” signature sign in Byward Market 
Chemical and Radioactive Ores (NRCan) 
Geological Survey Building (NRCan) 
Geomatics Canada (NRCan) 
Sir William Logan Building 
Michael James Flaherty Building 
Department of National Defence – Carling Campus Building 5 
Skyline Complex (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) 
Thomas D’Arcy Mcgee Building 
L’Esplanade Laurier 

Owen Sound 
City Hall 

Penman’s Dam 

Ontario Government — Robinson Place 
Muskoka-Kawarthas Employment Services Office 
Alternatives Community Program Services 
Fleming College (Sutherland Campus) 
YMCA Employment Services Office 

City Hall 
Government of Canada Building 

Community Living Access Office 

St. Catharines 
Ontario Government — Garden City Tower

Canadore College 
College Boréal Campus 
The Big Nickel 
Government of Canada Building 
Taxation Data Centre 

Timmins Museum National Exhibition Centre — “Timmins” Signature Sign 
College Boréal Campus 
Government of Canada Building

CN Tower 
Canada Life 
Exhibition Place — Princes’ Gate 
Ontario Government — Frost South Building 
3D Toronto Sign – Nathan Phillips Square 
Humber College – Welcome Centre 
Environment Canada 
Canada Centre (200 Town Centre Court) 
First Gulf 

City Hall 

Community Living Wallaceburg 
Civic Square Park 
Rulmeca Canada Ltd. 

VPI Employment Services 

Walpole Island 
Walpole Island First Nation Employment and Training 

META Employment Services Building  

City Hall 
Caesars Windsor 
St. Clair College Centre for the Arts 
St. Clair College South Campus 


Supported Employment Options 
Beausejour Chevrolet GM 
Breezy Oaks Inn and Tavern 
Co-op Administrative 
Soberings Funeral Chapel 
Bumper to Bumper 
Serenity Gift Shoppe 
Headlines for Hair 
Beau-Head Seniors Centre 
Beausejour Town Office 
Brio Insurance 
Guardian Pharmacy 
Access Credit Union 
Wayslins Law Office 
Beausejour Chiropractic Centre 
Home Hardware 
Red Apple 
Aggasiz Adult Education 
Auto Pac “The Co-operators” 
Beausejour Physio 
Tarantism Dance Company 
Meraki Hair 
Coldwell Banker 
Century 21 
Beausejour Optical 
Daien Denture Clinic 
Happy go Lucy’s 
Dawson Chiropractic Centre 
HUB International 
Crognali Realty 
Cottage Country Cannabis 
Ja-ed Professional Suites 
Midnight Show Cannabis 
Eastman Dental 
Association for Community Living – Beausejour Branch 
Beausejour Hotel “BJ” 
Howard Hotel 
Pennyweight Market 
The Floral Merchant 
Telus 4L Communications 
Brokenhead Sausage 
Beausejour Community Church 
Spirit of the Boreal 
RBC Royal Bank 
The Clipper Weekly 
Tim Hortons 

Lac Du Bonnet 
Cottage Country Cannabis 
Casey’s Pub 
Access Credit Union 
Community Futures 
LB Physio and Wellness 
Luccis Tool 
LDB Library 
Mrs. Luccis Second Hand 
Mrs. Luccis Resource Centre 
Dancyts Fine Foods 
Manitoba Made 
Red Apple 
HUB International 
Lac Du Bonnet Dental Clinic 
Grans Bake Shop 

Lakeview Steakhouse & Pub 
The Lac Du Bonnet Clipper 

St. Georges 
Rapid Water Market Deli 

Town Hall 
Town of Stonewall Signature Sign 

Winnipeg Sign at The Forks 
Oldfield, Kirby & Gardiner Bldg. (55 Donald Street) 
WASO Employment Services (836 MacLeod Ave.) 
Canada Life (Winnipeg Head Office) 
Esplanade Riel 
Reaching E-Quality Employment Services 
RBC Convention Centre 
IG Field 
Canada Life Centre 
Winnipeg Police Service 
Manitoba Legislature 
Red River College Polytechnic (Exchange Campus) 
Canadian Grain Commission 
Connect Employment Services (Employment Office, 188 Goulet St.) 


Prairie Branches Enterprises – Biggar Activity Centre 
Prairie Branches Enterprises – Biggar Group Home 1 
Prairie Branches Enterprises – Biggar Group Home 2 

City Hall 

Hudson Bay 
Parkland Co-op 

Humboldt & District Community Services Office 

La Ronge 
North Saskatchewan Special Needs 

Bea Fisher Centre  – Administrative Office 

SARC – Lloyd Montgomery (personal residence) 

Moose Jaw 
City Hall Clock Tower 

North Battleford 
Prairie Employment Program Inc. Office 

Porcupine Plain 
Slobodian Pharmacy 
Quilly Willy Early Learning Centre 
Parkland Co-op Grocery Store 
Porcupine Opportunities Program – Main Office 
Porcupine Opportunities Program – Glenwood Home 
Porcupine Opportunities Program – ELSP Home (138 1st Ave.) 
Porcupine Opportunities Program – ELSP Home (205 Cooper St.) 
Porcupine Opportunities Program – ABM Home (205 Cooper St.) 
Porcupine Opportunities Program – Playtondale Home (136 1st Ave.) 
RCMP Detachment 

Mackenzie Society Ventures 

Prince Albert 
Eagle’s Nest Youth Ranch School 
Eagle’s Nest Youth Ranch (714 28th St. East) 
Eagle’s Nest Youth Ranch (329 38th St. East) 
YWCA (1895 Central Ave.) 

City Hall – front foyer 
Autism Resource Centre 
South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre 
Clare Parker Homes (Drop-In Centre) 

SARC Administration Building 
Light of the Prairies – 925 McKercher Dr. 
Light of the Prairies – 1638 Edward Ave. 
Light of the Prairies – 1528 37th St. W. 
Light of the Prairies – 810 McCormack Rd. 
Government of Canada Building 
Cheshire Homes (2901 Louise Street) 
Cheshire Homes (2903 Louise Street) 
Crocus Cooperative 
Eagle’s Nest Youth Ranch (456 Witney Ave. South) 
Eagle’s Nest Youth Ranch (1424 1st Ave. North) 
Eagle’s Nest Youth Ranch (1639 1st Ave. North) 
Eagle’s Nest Youth Ranch (3004 33rd St. West) 
Eagle’s Nest Youth Ranch (2930 33rd St. West) 
Eagle’s Nest Youth Ranch (1635 Avenue D North) 
Eagle’s Nest Youth Ranch (326 West Hampton Blvd.) 
Eagle’s Nest Youth Ranch (607 3rd Ave. North) 
SaskTel Centre 
Autism Services of Saskatoon 
Community Living Association of Saskatoon Inc. 

Swift Current 
Nutrien Division Office 
Swift Current Broncos Hockey Club 
Giant Tiger 
The Landing Studio/Life in Action Studios 
Thoosa Therapy 
Partners in Employment 
Standard Motors 
Super 8 Motel 
Swift Current and District Chamber of Commerce 
Bumper to Bumper – Great West Auto Electric 
Embers Hair Design 
Original Joe’s 
Dorie’s House Treatment Centre 
Akropol Restaurant & Lounge 
City of Swift Current – City Hall Billboard 
SWT–Antelope Terminal (Gull Lake) 
The Social Bowl 
Golden West RadioOptical Image 

Prairie Branches Enterprises – Unity Day Program 
Prairie Branches Enterprises – Unity Group Home 1 
Prairie Branches Enterprises –  Unity Group Home 2 

Karis Disability Services (formerly Christian Horizons) 

Weyburn Wor-Kin Shop 
City Hall 

Geraldine Bocian, Dominic’s Mental Health – personal residence 

Prairie Branches Enterprises – Day Program 
Prairie Branches Enterprises – Wilkie Group Home 1 
Prairie Branches Enterprises – Wilkie Group Home 2 
Prairie Branches Enterprises – Wilkie Group Home 3 

Partners in Employment 
Yorkton Chamber of Commerce  


Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. – Lloydminster Distribution Centre 

Calgary Tower 
TELUS Spark Science Centre 
TELUS Garden tower (in partnership w/Warrington PCI) 
Olympic Plaza 
Arts Commons 
Reconciliation Bridge 
Deaf & Hear Alberta Building 

Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. – Edmonton Distribution Centre 
Canada Place 
RCMP “K” Division Headquarters 
High Level Bridges Rogers Place 

Alberta Legislature 
Sir Winston Churchill Square 

City Hall 

Bea Fisher Centre – Employment Supports Office 

Red Deer 
City Hall  


Neil Squire Society Head Office 

Fountain — Lafarge Lake 
Light columns — Guildford Way and Pinetree Way 

Dawson Creek 
Dawson Creek Society for Community Living Administration Building 
Dawson Creek Society for Community Living Opportunity Centre 
Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre 
Northern Lights College 

District of Mackenzie 
Mackenzie Rec Centre 

The Bastion 

Penticton Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre 
Southeast Okanagan Events Centre 
Starbucks (300 Riverside Dr.) 
Starbucks (1301 Main St.) 
Boston Pizza 

Port Moody 
City Hall 

Burnaby Fraser Tax Services Office (BFTSO), GoC 

BC Place 
Green Timbers — RCMP “E” Division Headquarters 
TELUS Sky tower (in partnership w/Westbank Corp. & Allied Properties) 
Property 16956 (GoC) 

Connexus Community Resources Office 
Parkview Place 
Riverside Place 

P.L. James Place 

Fitzsimmons Covered Bridge 

Williams Lake 
City Hall 


Greenstone Government of Canada Building 


Nunavummi Disabilities Makinnasuaqtiit (NDMS) 
The Law Society of Nunavut