About New Leaf Enterprises

New Leaf Enterprises is a program of Easter Seals Nova Scotia that provides life enhancement, job skills and supported employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities

Founded in 1958, New Leaf Enterprises was one of the first social enterprises in Nova Scotia. Our business centre in Burnside includes a commercial kitchen and café, operated by our staff and participants. New Leaf offers catering services for businesses and organizations in the Halifax Regional Municipality area, and it allows participants an opportunity to gain valuable work experience.


The need for secure and fulfilling employment is as important for Nova Scotians with disabilities as it is for able bodied individuals. Learning new skills and bringing those skills to a workplace increases a person’s independence and self-confidence, while decreasing social isolation for people living with disabilities.


Our Supported Employment Programs work with employers in the community and our clients to facilitate job training and employment in the labour market. This highly successful program for youth and adults has generated numerous employment partnerships, both in the public and private sectors.

New Leaf Cafes and Catering

New Leaf Enterprises operates two cafes in HRM as well as a robust catering business which provides valuable hands-on experience to our clients.

Supported Employment Program for Adults

Our Supported Employment Program works with adults over the age of 30 with disabilities who are interested in paid community employment and can work completely independently in the community following a period of Job Coach support.

The Next Step

The goal of The Next Step: Supported Employment Program for Youth is to enable young people with differing abilities to learn new skills while gaining valuable work experience.

New Leaf Business Services

New Leaf Enterprises’ Business Services Centre offers a wide variety of support services including volume mailings, folding and inserting, packaging a small assembly and more.

Gifts, Crafts & Décor

The clients of New Leaf Enterprises produce a beautiful variety of home décor and seasonal craft items which are showcased on-site at our centre in Burnside in the Ability Makers Gift Shop and also at local markets and craft shows, including our very own Ability Makers Christmas market that we host each year.

Application Process

In addition to our community programs, New Leaf Enterprises runs a successful in-house program for adults with disabilities who work right here in our centre in Burnside.

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