Supported Employment Transition Initiative (SETI):

SETI is a fund set aside annually by the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training to fund new and innovative supported employment projects from all areas of the province.  Each year a call for proposals goes out in the middle of December and has a quick turnaround so organizations get started by the first of April.  The funds are considered seed dollars so organizations are encouraged to seek out long-term funding bodies.  For more information about the call for proposals or SETI funding or current projects please contact the SETI Coordinator, Joy McKinnon at 306 933 0616 or email

SETI funded projects for 2018-2019:

The 2018-2019 fiscal year has the following SETI funded projects:

Returning Projects:

Crocus Cooperative – Saskatoon: SETI is partnering with the United Way with this third-year project.  This project works with people with mental health problems to help them become successful in the workplace.  Crocus uses many different strategies including work crews to accomplish success for their job seekers.  All individuals are paid minimum wage or better for the work they perform, whether it be for an individual position or in a work crew.

SaskAbilities – Swift Current: This project had a very successful first year and is now in its second year of SETI funding. The project’s focus is transitioning youth from school to employment.  The project coordinator is working with several schools in the area to help these young job seekers succeed.

Weyburn Wor-kin Shop/Midale School project – Weyburn: Another very successful first-year project graduating to second-year funding.  This project has seen exponential growth and has expanded to include two employment specialists and two part-time job coaches.  These positions will work in Weyburn, Midale, and Estevan as well as other small surrounding communities.  The project’s focus is helping youth find employment before leaving school, as statistics clearly show, individuals who obtain employment before leaving school are 83% more likely to attach to the labour force once they have left school.  All workers are paid minimum wage or better.   

New Projects:

Eagles Nest Youth Ranch – Saskatoon: This is the first year of funding for the Saskatoon division of ENYR. The project will follow the same model as the past Prince Albert Eagles Nest Youth Ranch SETI project (which has graduated to other funding and no longer requires SETI assistance) and will be mentored by the coordinator of that project.  The project will assist youth to prepare for, obtain, and maintain paid employment.  The “Odd Job Squad” will also be part of their overall plan to help youth with skill building. In this model, all youth working in the work crews will be paid at least minimum wage.

Humboldt and District Community Services – Humboldt: HDCS has received funding in previous years for an employment specialist.  This year the need for school to employment transitioning had become apparent. HDCS has been funded for a first-year project which will assist individuals to successfully transition from the education system to employment. 

Clare Parker Homes – Regina: This first-year project will assist job seekers to prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment from within their organization.  A part-time coordinator has been hired and work is underway to promote these job seekers within the city of Regina. 

Porcupine Opportunities Program – Porcupine Plain: This first-year project has been funded for a part-time employment specialist to assist job seekers supported by the organization to find paid integrated employment in Porcupine Plain or other small communities in the area. 

Munch Café and Catering – Regina: Munch Café has developed a training curriculum based on a program from BC to train individuals interested in the food service sector.  SETI has provided first-year funding for a part-time job developer position; this position will find paid opportunities for these skilled individuals in food services.   

North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre – Saskatoon: This first-year project will start a “temp service” that will have job seekers experiencing disability.  Employers needing a “temporary worker” to fill a short-term vacancy can hire from this talent pool and the employers will be given the option to retain the employee after the term is complete. The job seekers will be provided with job coaches if needed to ensure a smooth transition and/or an onboarding process for both the job seeker and the employer. 

SaskAbilities – Yorkton: In 2009, SaskAbilities in Yorkton started a program called “TYE” Transitioning Youth to Employment.  It was started with SETI funds and transitioned to a more stable funding mechanism.  SaskAbilities – Yorkton has been so successful with this program that they are expanding services to youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and with mental health problems.  This is the first year of new SETI funding for the organization.

SETI Steering Committee

The Ministry of Immigration and Career Training provides annual funding to SARC to administer the SETI Program.  Decisions related to funding approval and amounts are vested in the SETI Steering Committee.  The primary function of the SETI Steering Committee is to set funding priorities, make funding decisions based on those priorities, review the progress of projects, and share information about employment-related initiatives from their respective areas of business.  The SETI Steering Committee consists of representatives from Government Ministries, SARC, Community Based Organizations and employers.