New Leaf Enterprises
New Leaf Enterprises works with adults with physical disabilities on developing job skills in a collaborative social setting. Trainees acquire skills and knowledge in a business environment through a task analysis approach, practical exercises, and hands-on experiences through working in the centre’s catering and business services offered to the public.
These training programs encourage valuable skill development to enable adults with physical disabilities more opportunity for employment within the community.
Our mission at New Leaf is to enable Nova Scotians with physical disabilities to enhance their quality of life by realizing their individual potential.
- We enable personal development through our training programs.
- We enhance the quality of life of our trainees by encouraging participation in community events.
- We realize individual potential through educational opportunities at the training centre, improved health through education and recreation opportunities, and independence through improved self-esteem and skill level.
1960 New Leaf began as a sheltered workshop, one of the oldest in Nova Scotia.
1962 New Leaf Enterprises was incorporated and accepted as a training school for offset printing by the Department of Education. An assessment program was also developed for the Department of Social Services.
1965 The sponsorship of New Leaf was formally passed to the Canadian Rehabilitation Council for the Disabled – Nova Scotia Branch. At this time, New Leaf’s customers included government agencies, municipal and city-wide organizations that contracted work to the workshop. Services provided by New Leaf have included duplicating; book binding; brochures; assembling, addressing, inserting catalogues and advertising materials for mailing; and making buttons for various organizations.
1992 Beginning of Food and Kitchen services, later developing into Catering Business, operations of three cafeterias in the Halifax community and food cart service.
1996 New Leaf became a skills training centre and currently provides skills training to persons with physical disabilities that will enable them to develop the necessary skills to function in a community employment setting.
New Leaf Enterprises is appreciative of the support received from community partners that provide work experience placements for trainees. Thanks as well to volunteer university students who work with the trainees for several hours a week during the academic year, providing an excellent learning experience for both the students and trainees at New Leaf.
A special thanks to the Capital District Health Authority, O’Regans, and Shannex (Parkstone Enhanced Care) for facilitating the operation of our Café training locations, and to the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services, who provide funding support for our programs.
“New Leaf Enterprises is pleased to offer our Christmas Baking this year. We are offering our Shortbreads, Peanut Butter Balls, and new items to tempt your pallets! All our Christmas Baking is made from scratch, in-house at New Leaf Enterprises.
Place you orders for Christmas Baking Between November 13th and December 10th’. Please order one week in advance of the Monday, for pick up (only) at New Leaf Enterprises at 3670 Kempt Road in Halifax.
Click here to download an order form (and list of items for sale) that you can email, fax or mail back to us (this contact information is on the form). You can also call in your orders at 455-9044 x 237.
New Leaf Catering offers a wide selection of delicious home-baked goods for your luncheons, meetings, parties and other special events. Everything is made using the finest ingredients and the greatest of care. Our product selection includes:
- Variety of trays including vegetable, fruit, cheese, meat, sweets
- Hot Entrees
- Sandwiches, wraps, bagels, rolls
- Baked goods
Menu and Prices
Downloadable PDF & Word menu options:
How to Order
Order from our menu by calling us at (902) 455-9044 ext 237 or in person at
New Leaf Enterprises
3670 Kempt Rd, Halifax NS.
We prefer that you place your orders by phone to ensure accuracy of orders.
For additional information you can reach us by email at email@example.com or by fax at (902) 454-6121
- 24 hours notice required for telephone catering order.
- Cancellation notice must be 24 hours. Less than 24 hours and the customer may be charged.
- In the event of inclement weather, the staff person will contact the customer with regards to status of order.
- Menu Prices do NOT include 15% HST
- Delivery charges: City of Halifax $7.00, Dartmouth $8.50, Beyond city limits but within HRM $10.00
At the present time our Catering Services are only available in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
New Leaf Cafés
New Leaf Cafes can be found at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre (1341 Summer St.), at O’Regan’s Toyota and O’Regan’s Nissan dealerships in Halifax. Our newest New Leaf Café opened December 2009 at Parkstone Enhanced Care (156 Parkland Dr., Halifax). Please visit our blog for information about our Grand Opening!
New Leaf Cafes provide job training to people with physical disabilities in all capacities of its operations. An adaptable and flexible work setting is created that allows participants to develop new skills and relationships. New Leaf Cafes are known for their high quality homemade food and excellent customer service.
New Leaf Mailing Service offers a variety of mailing services including folding, inserting, postal code sort, metering, direct mail, and photocopying.
We specialize in small volumes and offer services for other types of customized contracts for which services may be limited.
Materials can be couriered to us from any location, but our clients tend to be from the Maritime Provinces. If you are from outside the Maritime Provinces please call us to discuss your needs at 1-902-455-9044, extension 238.
How to Order
New Leaf Enterprises
3670 Kempt Rd Halifax, Nova Scotia
Tel: (902) 455-9044 Ext 238
Fax: (902) 454-6121
Would you like to further develop your skills and abilities and be involved in a community setting?
New Leaf Enterprises is a comprehensive workplace training program for eligible persons with physical disabilities. Trainees work on life, social, and employment skills enabling them to gain independence and community involvement.
Our training centre is made up of the following programs:
- Mailing Services Program – to learn basic skills in mailing and contract work
- Lunchroom Program – to learn basic skills necessary for a community lunchroom/canteen setting
- Catering Services Program – to learn production skills in the preparation of catering orders
- Business Skills Program – to learn basic office/computer skills
- Workplace Basic Skills Program – to learn the skills and work habits necessary for successful employment.
How To Apply
The person applying to the Program must have the primary diagnosis of a physical disability. This may be a single challenge or multiple challenges. The applicant’s primary barrier to employment must be classified as a physical challenge that presents as a vocational limitation.
- Contact the Program Coordinator for Referral/Request Information. This will include:
- Information package about New Leaf
- Admissions application form
- Medical Form
- Complete Application Form
- Application is reviewed
- You will be contacted to arrange an interview. This includes:
- Tour of New Leaf
- An Interview
The applicant attends New Leaf for a minimum period of three weeks for an assessment. Assessments are carried out in each program area to determine skill levels.
- A Report goes to the Trainee Admission and Review Committee
- The assessment information is summarized
- Recommendations are made to the Committee by the Program Coordinator and/or Executive Director
- The Committee reviews the summary and recommendations.
- The applicant’s status is determined
- Applicant informed of their application status
Contact: Bonnie Harrison, Client Services
Tel: (902) 455-9044 Ext 238
Address: New Leaf Enterprises
3670 Kempt Rd
Halifax, N.S. B3K 4X8