Empowering people to be themselves and thrive.

Launched in 1972 under the Dartmouth Activity Centre, LakeCity Works has seen a continuous evolution over the years: LakeCity Industries in 1982; LakeCity Employment Services Association, LakeCity Woodworkers, Reboot and Cleaning in 1986; and most recently, to LakeCity Works in 2018. Over the years, we have assisted thousands of individuals on their journey to living a healthier life.

LakeCity Works supports people with mental illness to build on their strengths, take on responsibilities and access work experience, education and employment. We offer a variety of programs and services tailored to assist people living with mental illness: our comprehensive, support-based platform is framed by our belief that employment represents a key step in the recovery process for the individuals we serve.

As a social enterprise, over half of our operating budget is generated from our many diverse ventures. In 2017, our wide range of social enterprise products generated over $1.2 million in sales and 2018 saw the launch of new micro enterprise projects.

Moving forward, we aim to increase and diversify our employment opportunities, client attendance and programming accessibility–all the while expanding our clients’ skills set and sense of belonging. In sum, our goal is to enhance the employability and well-being of a larger number of people living with mental illness in our community.

Our Vision

Healthy minds. Healthy lives.

Our Purpose

To empower people to be themselves and thrive.

Our Values


LakeCity is a welcoming, compassionate place, where people feel they belong. We support individuals wherever they are, so they can feel safe to explore, share challenges and celebrate successes. We are open to partnership and collaboration with a diverse range of people and organizations to create a more accepting and inclusive employment community. 


LakeCity offers an inviting environment, where people feel free to experiment and share ideas, regardless of outcome. We all have the freedom to be creative and impact change. Nothing is off the table, and there is no such thing as a bad idea.


At LakeCity, we are committed to living our values every day. We place our clients, employees and community at the forefront of everything we do, serving them to the best of our ability. We are recognized for our integrity, connecting with like-minded organizations, wherever possible. We strive to create a workplace in which everyone is valued and respected. We are true to ourselves and what we set out to do. 


At LakeCity, we are humbled and gratified by the impact of our efforts. We know we are making positive change in the world because we hear it every day from our clients, employees and stakeholders. We see it in the success of clients coming through our enterprises and going out to the community. We are proud of the contribution we are making, helping people achieve healthy minds and healthy lives.


Our clients and employees inspire each other to live and work to the best of their ability. Their example makes LakeCity a leader in the broader community, motivating other organizations to continuously improve. We have complete confidence in our vision – creating positive change where necessary and keeping what we know is working. We strive for excellence, implementing best practices that lead to greater independence. We look to the community for those beacons, mentors and bright lights that will inspire and guide our work.