Employment and Social Services provides employment supports, financial benefits and social supports to people living in Toronto.
We are the fourth largest social assistance delivery system in Canada and a core part of the city’s safety net. In 2010, our organization helped over 264,000 people, representing 1 in 9 Torontonians.
Staff in offices across Toronto provide a range of services to city residents. People may get:
help finding a job or the training they need to find work,
financial help to support their families, and
help getting access to childcare and housing and health supports.
Each office has an Employment Centre, open to all Toronto residents. Employment Centres offer free resources and services. Staff can help with career planning, job searching and more. Through service agreements with a variety of community agencies, Employment and Social Services also provides skill training and other employment services to people who receive Ontario Works.
We are working to strengthen the city’s social and economic well-being through a range of community and city initiatives designed to address issues of poverty and inclusion. We also work in partnership with other governments and communities to meet residents’ needs.
Finally, we are committed to engaging clients, residents, community partners, employers and city staff in our efforts to improve the social services delivery system in Toronto and the quality of our services.