Program availability is subject to changes. Please consult your caseworker for details regarding available programs. All programs require caseworker referral.

 

The list below shows Ontario Works Training Programs to help prepare for employment, self-employment or career advancement.

Program participants receive $250/month for training-related expenses and may also qualify for technology supports and/or transportation funds to participate in online or in-person training.

If you need support to overcome current challenges such as social isolation, mental health and addictions, homelessness and food security, there are also a range of Wrap Around Supports Programs available to help you. These online programs include a customized plan for each participant, one-on-one and group counselling or coaching, support to navigate and referrals to local services, as well as opportunities to build peer relationships and networks.

If you would like to learn more about the Training and Wrap Around Supports Programs listed below, please speak to your caseworker.

Training Focus Program and Agency Name Description Target Group
Preparing for Employment Avenues to Advancement Work Skills Program

Ability Learning Network

12-week program helps people who are experiencing multiple challenges to explore career options, build skills, create a plan to achieve their goals, and provides assistance with obtaining and maintaining employment. All
Cleaning Maintenance Handy Work Housekeeping Building Maintenance and Repair

Ability Learning Network

16-week program prepares people for employment in the field of building maintenance and repair. It includes basic hands-on training in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, drywall, tiling, painting, locks and janitorial, as well as workshops focused on employability and skill development. This program includes a work experience placement. All
Preparing for Employment START Customer Care Careers for Immigrant Women

ACCES Employment

9-week program prepares immigrant women to obtain employment or pursue additional training in customer service in the financial services, business services or tourism sectors. Women; Newcomers/ immigrants/ refugees (with a work permit)
Specialized Personal Services (Esthetician/ Hair Stylist, etc.) Esthetics and Wellness Training

Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA)

12-week program is for refugees and vulnerable equity seeking newcomers who wish to become licensed and certified for careers in the esthetics and wellness industries. Training includes career and employment goal identification, employment plan creation, skills development to enhance computer skills/digital access and use of social media, communication, soft skills and workplace orientation. A volunteer placement is included. Newcomers/ immigrants/ refugees (with a work permit)
Security/ Protective Services Security Guard Training

Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA)

12-week program prepares people to pass the Basic Ministry Test for Security Guards and apply for a license. Training includes: customer service, digital literacy and technology use, health and safety and employment standards; sector-specific language, and a volunteer placement. Newcomers/ immigrants/ refugees (with a work permit)
Construction/ Trades/ General Labour Construction Sector Pre-Apprenticeship Training

Building Up

8-week program will provide a mix of in-class upgrading, hands-on skills, and exposure to multiple trades and will support participants in retaining employment in the form of apprenticeships and long-term careers. All
Preparing for Employment LEAP Employment Program

Canadian Training Institute (CTI)

4-week program is for people who face multiple barriers to employment such as involvement with the criminal justice system, long-term unemployment, mental health challenges, or discrimination. Program includes employment and employability skills as well as activities/workshops that develop interpersonal and social skills, explore/determine career paths, provide job development and maintenance, and connect to supports within the community. Experience with criminal justice system
Health Care/ Personal Support Personal Care Aid Training

Carefirst Seniors and Community Services Association (Carefirst)

12-week program teaches people to provide care to frail seniors and people with special needs. Graduates will be prepared for employment in nursing homes, community home care agencies, retirement homes, private homes, etc. All
Preparing for Employment New Leaf

Centennial College

14-week program that prepares justice involved men with pre-employment support. The program provides weekly group counselling with a trained Registered Social Worker or Psychiatrist, anger management and financial literacy and job search/retention support. Experience with criminal justice system
Security/ Protective Services Pre-Service Firefighter Preparation Program

Centennial College

14-week program prepares people for entry into the Pre-Service Firefighter Certificate college program, including upgrading or skills training, or entry level employment in the emergency services sector. Specialized supports include labour market information, sector specific information about various types of firefighters, ambulance drivers, hospital porters, prisoner escorts/custody services, emergency dispatchers, transcribers or First Aid/CPR instructors. Fitness conditioning prepares students for the physical demands of firefighting or other emergency service sector jobs. Training includes individual appointments and pre-employment services and supports. Racialized
Hospitality/ Tourism/ Food Services Kitchen Masters

CEE Centre For Young Black Professionals

16-week program provides Black/African Canadian youth (18 – 29) with the skills and training needed to become a cook in the culinary field. Program is for youth currently out of school and out of work and consists of 12 weeks of training sessions followed by a 1-month job placement. Youth 18 – 29
Technology CEE-Tech

CEE Centre For Young Black Professionals

16-week program helps youth (18 – 29) with employment barriers to build a career in the digital technology industry. Program includes in-class instruction as well as a job placement and social support connections up to 2 years after program completion. Youth 18 – 29
Construction/ Trades/ General Labour CEE-Trades

CEE Centre For Young Black Professionals

16-week program helps youth (18 – 29) with employment barriers to build a career in the construction trade industry by attending in-class instruction and a paid job placement. Training includes industry-specific skills, professional development, transferable skills, hands-on
construction building experience, wellbeing tools/skills, financial literacy skills and access to networks.
Youth 18 – 29
Preparing for Employment Bridges to Employment

Centre for Education and Training

11-week program provides intensive, client-centred support to participants with complex employment and social needs to address personal, educational and skill-building goals and plan their eventual entry or return to employment. All
Preparing for Employment Next Steps: Employability Program

Centre for Education and Training

11-week program provides client-centred support to youth (18-29) with complex employment and social needs to develop a career path for successfully entering or returning to work. Youth 18-29; Multiple challenges (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health issues)
Preparing for Employment Building Connections – Introduction to Restaurant and Food Services (Mandarin)

Centre for Immigrant and Community Services

5-week program, delivered primarily in Mandarin, helps people with lower English skills enhance their sector-specific language skills and prepare for employment/advancement or self-employment in the restaurant and food services industry. Students will receive culinary skills training to enhance their employment prospects and will have the opportunity to obtain a Food Handler Certificate. Multiple challenges (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health issues); Newcomers/ immigrants/ refugees (with a work permit)
Preparing for Employment Building Connections – Home Helper and Postnatal Caregiver Training (Mandarin)

Centre for Immigrant and Community Services

5-week program, delivered primarily in Mandarin, helps people with lower English skills enhance their sector-specific language skills and learn skills to prepare for employment/advancement or self-employment as a domestic helper and/or postnatal caregiver. Multiple challenges (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health issues); Newcomers/ immigrants/ refugees (with a work permit)
Preparing for Employment Building Connections – Manicure and Pedicure Certification Training (Mandarin)

Centre for Immigrant and Community Services

5-week program, delivered primarily in Mandarin, helps people with lower English skills enhance their sector-specific language skills and learn skills to prepare for employment/advancement or self-employment. Students will receive manicure and pedicure training and the opportunity to receive a Manicure and Pedicure Certificate. Multiple challenges (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health issues); Newcomers/ immigrants/ refugees (with a work permit)
Hospitality/ Tourism/ Food Services Transition to Career Advancement – Restaurant and Food Services Career Training

Centre for Immigrant and Community Services

8-week program prepares people for employment in the restaurant, hospitality, and food services industry with a focus on supervisory and managerial positions within restaurants. Graduates will earn an Alcohol Beverage Service Certificate, Food Handler Certificate and a Restaurant Management Certificate. Newcomers/ immigrants/ refugees (with a work permit)
Security Protective Services Security and Protective Services Training

Centre for Security & Management Inc.

5-week program prepares people to pursue an entry-level position as a security officer or undercover loss prevention officer. Training includes lectures, role playing, hands-on practice and simulations as well as life skills, interview skills, job searching/ job retention tips. Graduates will be prepared to become licensed under the Ministry of the Solicitor General and receive certification in First Aid & CPR C. All
Retail/Customer Service/ Call Centre Client Service and Success Training – Formation sur le service à la clientèle et à la réussite (French)

Centre Francophone du Grand Toronto (CFGT)

8-week program is delivered exclusively in French. Training will prepare participants with the customer service skills necessary to work in retail, customer service or call centre environments. Participants who complete all hours and components will obtain a certificate of completion. Francophone
Retail/ Customer Service/ Call Centre LGBTQ2SI+ Employment Program

Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre

15-week program helps LGBTQ2SI+ community members who need support entering or re-entering the workforce. Training focuses on administration, customer service and hospitality skills. Program includes 11 weeks of training and a 4-week placement. LGBTQ2S+
Transportation Tractor Trailer Driver Training (AZ)

City Truck & Forklift Driving School Ltd.

8-week program prepares participants for a career as a Transport Truck Driver. Graduates will earn a Ministry AZ licence. All
Transportation Heavy Equipment Operator

City Truck & Forklift Driving School Ltd.

5-week program prepares participants for a career as an equipment operator. Participants receive training on an excavator, backhoe-loader and front-end-loader. Graduates may work with construction companies, heavy equipment contractors, public works departments and pipeline, logging, cargo-handling and other companies. All
Preparing for Employment Job Link 101

Community Outreach Canada

12-week program ensures participants meet the pre-requisites for employment and/or re-entry into the workforce. Topics include: labour market information and required skills for various jobs, workplace expectations, and self-evaluations to assess for attributes and employability skills. Program helps participants identify and overcome employment barriers. Newcomers/ immigrants/ refugees (with a work permit)
Preparing for Employment Internationally Trained Individuals

COSTI

4-week program helps internationally trained participants prepare for further skills training and identify employment opportunities in their field or a related occupation. Participants will develop fundamental skills, pre-requisites for employment, increased self-reliance and
improved life management, and enhance their employment opportunities.
Internationally educated professionals; Newcomers
Preparing for Employment Youth Incubator Program

Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services

8-week program helps youth (18-29) interested in construction/trades and food services/hospitality to move towards employment and/or further education. Youth 18-29
Hospitality/ Tourism/ Food Services Sustainable Food Sector Training and Employment

Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services

8-week program equips participants with the skills necessary to pursue their career goals in the food and beverage sector. The program is a combination of technical skills training, career planning, opportunities as well as practical experience to transition towards employment and/or further education upon completion. All
Preparing for Employment EDGE

East Scarborough Boys & Girls Club

20-week program provides participants with skills that will allow them to pursue employment in the fields of hospitality services (i.e. retail services, food and beverage services bartender) or/and office administration. Program consists of 5 weeks of in class training and 15 weeks of unpaid placement in the participant’s sector of choice. Racialized; Women; Youth 18 – 29
Preparing for Employment Breaking Through

East Scarborough Storefront – Tides Canada

16-week program supports participants facing multiple employment barriers to uncover life challenges preventing them from actively participating in the workforce, enhance their skills and create the support network that they need to overcome their specific challenges, and develop and use
concrete plans to move forward on their individual career path.
All
Community Development/ Social Services Working with People in the Social Sector

East Scarborough Storefront – Tides Canada

13-week program helps participants to develop and hone their skills, overcome personal challenges that act as barriers to entering the job market, and practice their skills through projects, job shadowing and networking opportunities. Participants also complete industry related
certifications, including: First Aid/CPR, Mental Health First Aid, and Crisis Prevention Intervention.
All
Preparing for Employment Career Directions in Hospitality

Fred Victor Centre

10-week program is for people who are interested in the hospitality industry but currently lack the skills required to work in this field. All
Preparing for Employment Career Exploration

Fred Victor Centre

10-week program provides participants with the tools and resources to increase self-esteem and improve their abilities so they can overcome employment barriers and develop a solid career plan. All
Hospitality/ Tourism/ Food Services Women’s Bakery Program

Fred Victor Centre

12-week program helps women break down barriers to employment and move towards greater employment income. Program includes a work placement component and helps participants build confidence to take steps towards greater stability for themselves and their families. Women
Transportation AZ Program

Friendly Truck Driving School

8-week AZ Program provides participants with classroom and hands-on training to prepare them for their AZ road test and employment. Topics include all mandatory elements noted in the Ministry of Transportation’s Class A Mandatory Entry-Level Training Standard. All
Preparing for Employment Age Advantage 45+ Program

Gateway Café

8-week program helps adults aged 45 or older to explore career options, learn life skills and job search skills as well as MS Office. This program also includes training for certifications such as WHMIS, Serve-Ability, and First Aid & CPR. Adult 45+
Preparing for Employment Life Mapping

Gateway Café

8-week program helps people with little or no work experience to determine their employment goal and includes certification in WHMIS, AODA, First Aid/CPR and training in MS Office. All
Security Protective Services Security Guard Training

Gateway Café

6-week program prepares people to work as security guards and/or pursue other occupations in the safety sector through workshops that develop industry-specific skills. Program includes interviewing, resume writing and job searching skills. Successful graduates will receive their Security Guard license. All
Arts/Design/ Culture/Media/ Entertainment Apparel Fit Technician

George Brown College

18-week program provides the technical skills needed for frontline customer service in the alteration and retail industries. Participants will learn to diagnose fit issues, recommend adjustments and mark adjustments for alterations. Program includes practical work experience with an industry employer and an official George Brown College Certificate is awarded to program graduates. All
Arts/Design/ Culture/Media/ Entertainment Industrial Power Sewing

George Brown College

18-week program provides the technical skills needed for industrial sewing machine operators. Program includes practical work experience with an industry employer and an official George Brown College Certificate is awarded to program graduates. All
Cleaning
Maintenance
Handy Work
Housekeeping
Professional Building Management Development Program

Greater Toronto Apartment Association

This 12-week program through the Greater Toronto Apartment Association prepares participants for a career in building management. Training includes building management and administration, housekeeping and basic plumbing, electrical and general repairs, and on-the-job work placement. All
Construction/ Trades/ General Labour Hammer Heads Program

Hammer Heads Program

13-week program for youth (18 – 24) is a pre-apprenticeship training program providing hands-on training, Health & Safety training, Green Training and exposure to multiple construction trades. Program includes soft skills development and mentorship to provide participants with the
skills needed to obtain and maintain a registered apprenticeship career.
Youth 18 – 24
Transportation AZ Program

Jay’s Professional Truck Training Centre

8-week program prepares participants for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario’s road test. Successful graduates will be able to operate tractor-trailers as AZ commercial drivers / AZ transport drivers. All
Transportation BZ Program

Jay’s Professional Truck Training Centre

4-week program prepares participants for employment as transit bus drivers, coach drivers, school bus drivers and passenger vehicle drivers. All
Transportation DZ Program

Jay’s Professional Truck Training Centre

4-week program prepares participants for employment as straight truck, delivery truck and fire truck drivers. All
Preparing for Employment Psychoeducational Assessment and Vocational Evaluation (PAVE)

JVS Toronto

12-week program provides participants with a psychovocational assessment and support to develop a personal action plan based on their interests and abilities, leading to employment, further training or other next steps. Individuals with intellectual disabilities; Individuals with learning disabilities; Multiple challenges (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health issues)
Preparing for Employment Vocational Evaluation

JVS Toronto

8-week program provides participants with vocational evaluation assessment and support to develop a personal action plan based on their interests and abilities, leading to employment, further training or other next steps. Individuals with intellectual disabilities; Individuals with learning disabilities; Multiple challenges (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health issues)
Preparing for Employment Psychoeducational Assessment and Career Exploration (PACE)

JVS Toronto

12-week program helps participants identify their interests, skills, personality and values to build a clear picture of their career path. Program includes workshops, assessments and interviews administered by a psychoeducational consultant and a career counsellor. Individuals with learning disabilities; Multiple challenges (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health issues)
Construction/ Trades/ General Labour Tradelinx

Labour Education Centre

12-week program prepares youth (18-29) with the essential skills, workplace communication, math, health and safety, construction certification and wraparound supports to start an apprenticeship in carpentry, construction, ironwork or sheet metal. Youth 18 – 29
Preparing for Employment Step Forward for Different Learning Abilities

Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto District

8-week program helps people with self-identified and/or diagnosed exceptionalities and different learning abilities to unlock doorways to future opportunities in employment and learning. All
Community Development/Social Services We Are Focused on Social Service (Support) Sector

Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto District

6-week program helps people develop skills required for entry into the social services sector. Program participants will develop industry-specific knowledge and technical competency; learn workplace safety skills; understand available social services sector jobs and receive support to secure meaningful employment/paid placement/apprenticeship. All
Construction/ Trades/ General Labour Splash Employment

Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto District

6-week program helps participants develop industry-specific knowledge and technical competency, learn workplace safety skills, interpersonal skills, and other essential skills, and understand workplace culture. Program helps participants secure apprenticeships in sectors including skilled trades in information communication technology; food and beverage processing; entertainment, art and culture; service sector. Newcomers/ immigrants/ refugees (with a work permit); Individuals with learning disabilities
Child Care/ Education Early Childhood Assistant Training

The Learning Enrichment Foundation

14-week program provides the skills and certifications needed to work as an early childhood assistant, and includes hands-on training and two work placements to gain experience in the field. All
Manufacturing/ Production/ Warehousing Industrial Skills with 6 Week Practicum

The Learning Enrichment Foundation

13-week program provides the training and certifications required to work in the shipping/receiving and warehousing industries. Training includes shipping and receiving, propane handling, WHMIS, health and safety, First Aid/CPR, basic computer and Raymond Reach, Counter Balance and Walkie-Rider Forklift. All
Cleaning/ Maintenance/ Housekeeping Building Maintenance/ Superintendent Training

The Learning Enrichment Foundation

16-week program provides the skills, relevant certifications, and hands-on experience necessary for employment in building maintenance, as superintendents of rental apartments and condominiums, and in property management firms. Placements include job shadowing in older and new buildings as well as a 2 week job trial. All
Child Care/ Education Early Childhood Assistant Training for Newcomers

The Learning Enrichment Foundation

21-week program provides the skills, relevant certifications, and hands-on experience necessary to enter the child care field. Participants will explore a variety of topics such as child care legislation, health and safety, childhood behaviour and learning, and program planning. This program includes a work-experience placement. Newcomers/ immigrants/ refugees (with a work permit)
Preparing for Employment Career Essentials

March of Dimes Canada

16-week program helps individuals who are furthest from the labour market to transition to work, further education/training and/or other supports. Long-term unemployed
Preparing for Employment Toronto East Opportunity Access Program

Margaret’s Housing & Community Support Services

8-week program helps people with lived experience (dealing with poverty, homelessness, addictions and/or mental health challenges) access employment opportunities in the non-profit, government and business sectors with a focus on working in the social service sector. Training includes skill-learning and transfer as well as supervised work placement opportunities. Multiple challenges (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health issues); All
Preparing for Employment Employment Expedition Program

Metrics Vocational Services

10-week program for participants who face multiple barriers to employment to assess their current status, discover their potential and develop strategies to make the transition to employment, further education/training and other supports. Multiple challenges; Long-term unemployed
Preparing for Employment Employment Exploration Program

Metrics Vocational Services

10-week program helps participants with some barriers to employment to develop a career plan based on their skills and abilities and take the next steps to employment, further education/training or other supports. All; Multiple challenges
Preparing for Employment Employment Steps Program

Metrics Vocational Services

10-week program for participants with minimal barriers to employment to establish realistic vocational goals and a supportive plan for moving closer to employment. All
Preparing for Employment Moving Forward

Neighbourhood Link Support Services

8-week program helps people with mental health challenges to identify and overcome barriers, explore career options and develop practical tools to support their transition to employment. Multiple challenges (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health issues)
Preparing for Employment New Knowledge New Steps

Neighbourhood Link Support Services

6-week program provides immigrant/newcomers with knowledge and skills to successfully enter the workplace, further education, or other work preparation options. Newcomers/ immigrants/ refugees (with a work permit); Multiple challenges (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health issues)
Technology Junior IT Analyst

Npower Canada

15-week program launches low-income, diverse youth (18-29) into IT careers by providing technical and professional skills training (such as globally recognized IT certifications including Cisco IT Essentials and CompTIA A+), job placement services and 5 years of career services including mentoring and career development coaching. Youth 18 – 29
Technology Junior Security and QA Analyst

Npower Canada

15-week program launches low-income, diverse youth (18-29) into IT careers by providing technical and professional skills training (such as IT certifications including Cisco IT Essentials, CCNA Cyber Ops, Certified Ethical Hacker and Microsoft Technology Associate credentials), job placement services and 5 years of career services including mentoring and career development coaching. Youth 18 – 29
Preparing for Employment Oasis Employment Essentials Program

Oasis Addiction Recovery Society

6-week program for people in recovery from drugs/alcohol includes life and employment skills, basic computer skills and personality assessments, addiction recovery and maintenance skills, exploration of education and employment options and goal setting. Individuals in recovery/ addictions
Hospitality/ Tourism/ Food Services Ready-to-Work: Hospitality Career Pathways

Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC)

8-week program combines industry-recognized training and national emerit hospitality certification with workplace-based training. Program participants receive sector-relevant knowledge, skills and experience, individualized career coaching and assistance with developing their career plan. Program also helps people move into employment in the sector or enroll in a related education/training program. Those who secure employment
receive support to keep their new jobs.
All
Arts/ Design/ Culture/ Media/ Entertainment i-Innovate

Operation Springboard

8 week program helps newcomers gain skills in interactive digital media e-commerce including audio/visual, video and podcasting, website development, graphic design and social media platforms in order to find employment in the digital media field. This field includes film/TV/video production studios and e-commerce businesses using communication technologies such as social media platforms and more. Newcomers/ immigrants/ refugees (with a work permit)
Preparing for Employment Inspire

Operation Springboard

6-week program supports people who have significant barriers to employment and training. Topics include self-esteem, overcoming stress/anxiety, team work, communication skills, budgeting/financial literacy, self-care and wellness, career exploration, job searching in today’s competitive market, labour market trends, resume/cover letter writing, interview skills, vocational testing, personality/career dimensions, professional and skill enhancement and job maintenance. All
Arts/ Design/ Culture/ Media/ Entertainment Learn 2 Earn Digital Media and E-Commerce

Operation Springboard

8 week course for youth (18 – 29) teaches skills in interactive digital media e-commerce including audio/visual, video and podcasting, website development, graphic design and social media platforms in order to find employment in the digital media field. This field includes film/TV/video production studios and e-commerce businesses that use communication technologies including social media platforms and more. Youth 18 – 29
Preparing for Employment REBOOT

Operation Springboard

6-week program supports adults 45 and over who are unclear about their career path or how to become employed. Topics include self-esteem, stress and anxiety, history of unemployment and coping mechanisms, job searching, resume/cover letter writing, interview skills, labour market trends, vocational testing, personality/career dimensions, communication skills, budgeting and self-care/wellness. Adult 45+
Transportation AZ Tractor Trailer & Flatbed Training Program

Pine Valley Driving Academy

8-week program prepares participants for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario’s road test. Successful graduates will be able to operate tractor- trailers as AZ commercial drivers / AZ transport drivers. All
Transportation DZ Truck Driving Program

Pine Valley Driving Academy

4-week program offers a unique combination of manual and automatic training on trucks, giving students the necessary experience to drive any truck. This course fully prepares students for the Commercial Driver Ontario DZ License examination and teaches all the skills required to find employment in the trucking industry. All
Preparing for Employment My Pathways to Employment

Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services

5-week program helps people explore careers, identify skills/interests/values, set employment related goals, plan actions and develop job search and life skills. Program also includes personal supports such as stress management, coping skills, assertive behaviour, mental health or addiction counselling. All
Hospitality/ Tourism/ Food Services Women in Food and Customer Service

Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services

7-week program helps women enter careers in the retail, food and customer service sectors through career exploration and training in customer service and technical skills. Program helps women understand the sector through skills training and on the job training, and helps participants obtain necessary certifications such as food handling and Smart Serve, CPR and first aid. Women
Technology Skills in Technology (SIT)

Progress Career Planning Institute (PCPI)

16-week program prepares participants for occupations in IT technology support as Systems Network Associates. Program is instructor-led with a focus on combining technical and soft skills. All
Hospitality/ Tourism/ Food Services Hospitality

Progress Career Planning Institute (PCPI)

10-week program helps participants achieve a certificate of completion along with certificates in First Aid /CPR and Food handling. Participants work with a job developer who helps them secure placements in positions such as housekeeping, reception and food handling/restaurant. All
Preparing for Employment employABILITY

Project Work

8-week program bridges gaps to employment, learning, and education for people who self-identify as having an intellectual disability/significant learning challenges. Program offers a highly customized approach to pre-employment training, job placement and job coaching. Supports for keeping employment and access to other services are also available to participants. Individuals with intellectual disabilities
Preparing for Employment Choices: Building Skills for a Better Future

PTP Adult Learning and Employment Programs

12-week program is for people facing multiple barriers to employment. Participants will explore career and life options, learn skills and develop work/life goals to help them transition to employment, further education or training and/or other supports. All
Hospitality/ Tourism/ Food Services Elevate: Job Training for Food Manufacturing Sector

PTP Adult Learning and Employment Programs

10-week program uses in-class learning, site visits and work placements in the food processing and manufacturing sectors to support participants to gain literacy, essential skills, and certain technical skills for the food services sector. All
Preparing for Employment Career Assessment and Exploration

Program Rehabilitation Network Canada Inc.

6-week program helps people who have not been able secure employment or access the labour market due to various barriers, (personal, social, vocational and/or emotional). Focus is on individuals who have been unemployed and/or have only held short-term employment positions, and who
require intensive support.
All, Multiple challenges
Preparing for Employment Pre-Employment Skills

Rehabilitation Network Canada Inc.

12-week program supports people with complex needs and/or barriers to explore career options, develop life/workplace skills and establish career/life goals. Program supports individuals who experience barriers that prevent them from securing employment or accessing the labour market, with a focus on people who have been unemployed for a period of 2 years or more, have only held short-term employment positions and have difficulty remaining employed. All, Multiple challenges, Long-term unemployed
Retail/ Customer Service/ Call Centre Customers FIRST for Women

Rehabilitation Network Canada Inc.

8-week program helps participants develop customer service skills. Participants will develop a better understanding of the customer service sector and sub-sectors, develop career goals within the sector and complete skills training and work-based learning activities. Graduates will have increased their employability for the customer service sector and be better prepared to move into employment or further education and skill training. Women
Preparing for Employment Essential Pathways to Employment

Riverdale Immigrant Women’s Centre

8-week program provides customized support services for immigrant, refugee and visible minority women. Program helps women explore and prepare for employment/career advancement, provides access to intensive employment supports, and helps develop/implement plans leading to employment, further training or more focused options to address employment barriers. Women
Hospitality/ Tourism/ Food Services Food Service and Hospitality Training

Riverdale Immigrant Women’s Centre

10-week program provides sector-specific skills for employment in the fields of food and beverage service, catering and social entrepreneurship, office and administration, and events management. Program includes training, assessment, career exploration, development of individual career plans, and customized supports. All
Transportation AZ Truck Driver Training

S & A Sprint Driving School Inc.

8-week program prepares people for employment as AZ tractor-trailer truck drivers. Successful participants will receive job search support and referrals to employment opportunities that will help them secure employment. All
Transportation Bus B-Z Program

S & A Sprint Driving School Inc.

5-week program prepares people for employment as BZ bus drivers (transit buses, coaches, school buses and passenger vehicles). Successful participants will receive job search support and referrals to employment opportunities that will help them secure employment. All
Preparing for Employment Dreaming in Colour

Salvation Army

12-week program offers a holistic approach to career development. Program includes 8 weeks in a classroom setting developing life skills, motivation and job search skills followed by a 4 week work placement in an industry of interest to the participant. All
Business/ Finance Accounting and Finance

Skills for Change of Metro Toronto

26-week training program is for people who have background education and/or work experience in accounting/bookkeeping and/or finance. Program will provide training on the most up-to-date accounting and financial software as well as information about the Canadian workplace environment and culture. Newcomers/ immigrants/ refugees (with a work permit)
Technology Women in IT Pathways

Skills for Change of Metro Toronto

20-week program provides women who have IT education and/or work experience with training in IT sales/account Management, Salesforce, and agile Methodologies and project management. Program supports participants to obtain employment and/or further training in technical sales and IT project management. Women
Preparing for Employment Pathways to Employment

Street Haven

16-week program helps people identify their career/employment goals, develop employment related skills and gain an enhanced sense of self. Program includes classroom and computer instruction and participants focus on soft skills (communication, team work and conflict resolution), leading to improved interpersonal skills and self-confidence as well as a plan to achieve increased independence and employment. Multiple challenges (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health issues)
Administrative/ Clerical Connections: Computer & Customer Service Training Program

St. Stephen’s Community House

12-week program offers training in computers (MS Office, keyboarding), Service Excellence Certification, business communication and job searching. Program includes a 6-week job placement where participants can gain relevant Canadian work experience. Newcomers/ immigrants/ refugees (with a work permit)
Preparing for Employment PEP talks

St. Stephen’s Community House

8-week program offers career exploration, motivational workshops, job testing, MS Office training and access to onsite personal counselling services. Participants with previous work experience who have been out of work for one or more years will explore different employment opportunities and learn valuable skills needed to find meaningful jobs. Multiple challenges (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health issues); Adults 45+
Preparing for Employment Employment Essentials Program

Times Change Women’s Employment Service Inc.

16-week program helps women achieve goals such as securing employment, pursuing education/skill training, gaining other work preparation experience, accessing addiction or mental health treatment; and/or accessing other income/financial support programs. Individual Program Plans are developed. Women
Retail/ Customer Service/ Call Centre Customer Service and Call Centre

University Settlement

4-week program helps participants find employment in a call centre environment. Training will focus on job skills, counselling and soft skills development. All
Preparing for Employment Customized Employment and Entrepreneurship Development Program

Up with Women

10-week program provides customized services for women to discover and make the most of their strengths and build a career that suits their specific talents, career goals and interests. Participants will work with their coach and program manager to build their own pathway to work or other advancements (such as school or additional supports). Women
Preparing for Employment Ve’ahavta Skills Academy

Ve’ahavta

9-week program is for people experiencing poverty and hardship. Program helps break down barriers, restore dignity, and empower individuals to become full participants in the community by supporting their transition to training/education, apprenticeship or other services. All
Preparing for Employment VPI Employment Essentials

VPI Working Solutions

16-week program helps people gain sustainable employment, further education or skills training, while overcoming issues and gaining financial independence. Program includes skills/personality/social condition assessments which lead to customized learning activities that help participants move towards sustainable employment. All
Preparing for Employment Older Worker’s Initiative

WoodGreen Community Services

4-week program provides employment, digital literacy and financial and retirement planning to job seekers aged 45 and over to support their unique challenges with mental/physical health, employment and financial wellbeing. Adult 45+
Preparing for Employment Introduction to Food and Horticulture

Working for Change

12-week program prepares participants who have been distant from the labour market for employment in the food services or horticulture sectors. Graduates may be employed in one of Working for Change’s social enterprises. All
Preparing for Employment Relief/ Peer Worker Training

Working for Change

12-week program helps participants with lived experience of poverty and homelessness to work in social services as relief or peer workers. Program includes the opportunity to achieve certificates such as First Aid/CPR, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and Health and Safety. All
Administrative/ Reception/ Secretarial Essential Skills – Office Professional Program

Working Skills Centre

12-week program provides participants with skills necessary for office work. Participants will be able to compete for an entry level position and will gain hands-on work experience. Successful graduates will receive a Certificate in Word, Excel and Reception. All
Business/ Finance Careers in Financial Sector Using SAP

Working Skills Centre

16-week program provides participants with hands-on knowledge of SAP for accounting/finance professionals. Graduates will pursue employment as accountants, financial analysts, project managers etc.Successful graduates will receive a Certificate of SAP End User Project Implementation. Newcomers/ immigrants/ refugees (with a work permit); Internationally educated individuals with Accounting/ Finance background
Technology Microsoft Office Specialist

Working Skills Centre

16-week program helps women who have administrative/secretarial experience but have been away from the workplace for an extended time. Program offers the skills required to work as administrative assistants in various settings, for example:, executive secretary, office administrative assistant, private secretary, secretary, technical secretary. Certificate: Microsoft Specialist Women
Administrative/ Clerical Admin Assistant with Desktop Publishing Diploma

Working Skills Centre

20-week program provides training in Microsoft Office, reception, bookkeeping and desktop publishing. Upon completion graduates receive a Diploma in Administrative Assistant and Desktop Publishing registered with MCU. Youth 18 – 29
Preparing for Employment Evergreen Next Step

Yonge Street Mission

5-week program is for youth (18-29) with complex challenges. Program includes employability workshops, basic computer training, health and wellness, and work placements for job-ready participants. Participants can also be referred to further education/training, apprenticeships and
other supports as needed.
Youth 18-29; Racialized; Newcomers/ immigrants/ refugees (with a work permit); Multiple challenges; Experience with criminal justice system
Construction / Trades / General Labour Construction Technology Program

York Construction Academy

This 12-week program by York Construction Academy is for people with a strong interest in the Construction/Renovation industry and includes 75% hands-on training in framing, rough carpentry, window and door installation, drywall, flooring, reading and drawing blueprints, basic plumbing, basic electrical, and safety. All
Preparing for Employment Career Discovery

Youth Employment Services

6-week program is for people with complex needs and focuses on career exploration, providing intensive support to develop career/life goals and skills. Participants will gain a clear understanding of the current labour market and learn what they need to do to be successful in it. All
Preparing for Employment Career Opportunity

Youth Employment Services

6-week program provides skill development activities and intensive support to prepare participants for employment. Program is based on a participant-centred approach to allow for personal and career empowerment through employment. Participants will gain a clear understanding of the current labour market and the tools they need to succeed in it. All
Arts/ Design/ Culture/Media/ Entertainment Media Training Program

POV 3rd Street

30-week training program for vulnerable youth (18-29) from traditionally underrepresented communities who have a strong interest in media content development and production. Program includes hands-on technical training and critical soft skills development led by expert staff
and industry instructors. Successful participants are connected with paid placements and work opportunities.
Youth 18 – 29; Racialized
Hospitality/ Tourism/ Food Services YMCA Basic Skills Hospitality Program

YMCA of Greater Toronto

16-week program helps people gain skills and knowledge for successful careers in food services. Training includes large quantity food production, kitchen organization, sanitation, cooking and baking techniques, foods labs and much more. Classroom components include team building, self-awareness, effective communication, food handlers, basic first aid, WHMIS and job readiness workshops. All
Program and Agency Name Description Target Group
New Opportunities for Women (NOW)

ACCES Employment

8 week program will provide support, information and resources required to cope with challenges related to COVID-19.  Includes one-on-one coaching, support, and referrals and will provide participants with regular online interactive workshops related to health and wellness, accessing community resources/information, as well as technical & soft skills-development. Newcomers/ immigrants/ refugees; Women
ACSA COVID – 360

Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA)

12 week program will provide intensive, wrap around supports in a client-centred and holistic manner. Includes weekly check-ins, essentials and care packages, digital and language literacy to support newcomers to overcome barriers and webinars on self-care and crisis support.  Fun and educational packages for families and children will also be provided. Newcomers/immigrants/refugees; Families
Emergency Support Services

Canadian Training Institute (CTI)

8 week program includes online group sessions on topics such as resiliency, mental health, healthy relationships and self-esteem. Participants will receive weekly one-on-one counselling. Multiple challenges (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health); Experience with criminal justice system
CEE Rapid Response Program

CEE Centre For Young Black Professionals

12 week program will address immediate needs such as physical and mental wellness, support with referrals and access to income supports related to COVID-19. Program includes virtual programming, group chats and peer networking. Youth 18-29
Newcomer Youth Connections (NYC)

Centre for Education and Training (Quality Continuous Improvement Centre)

12 week program will provide wrap around supports to address physical and emotional well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Program includes one on one coaching and support online or over the phone, as well as access to a series of tailored online/virtual workshops, with specialized guest speakers, activities, and group discussions. Newcomers/immigrants/refugees; Youth 18-29
DHES Wrap Around support COVID-19 Response

Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services

12 week program will increase participants’ resilience to manage challenges such as employment, housing, food security and social connections due to the pandemic. Program includes one-on-one counselling and other program activities,   to meet urgent and longer term needs and goals. All
HOPE (Heading to Opportunities in Pre-Employment)

East Scarborough Boys & Girls Club

12 week program includes intake and assessment, workshops, webinars and one-on-one support.  Program will support participants to stabilize their situation(s), establish new bearings and successfully navigate to next steps after COVID. Youth 18-29
Community Resilience E-Supports Program

East Scarborough Storefront – Tides Canada

10 week program to reduce social isolation, enhance connectivity and sense of belonging, access to vital information, supports and resources.  Program includes a needs assessment, information about emergency supports and financial assistance, referrals to partner agencies. Program includes bi-weekly one-on-one coaching and weekly group. Youth 18-29
Mental Health Support in the Age of COVID-19

JVS Toronto

10 week program to reduce social isolation, enhance connectivity and sense of belonging, access to vital information, supports and resources.  Program includes a needs assessment, information about emergency supports and financial assistance, referrals to partner agencies. Program includes bi-weekly one-on-one coaching and weekly group. All; Multiple challenges (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health)
LEC Covid-19 Wrap Around Supports Program

Labour Education Centre

12 week program providing support to manage mental health, food security, access to technology, service navigation, housing and financial challenges. Program includes one-on-one counselling with a Social Worker as well as referrals to other organizations providing critical services. Youth 18-29
Step Together

Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto District

12 week program for individuals with learning disabilities and/or family members who have been impacted significantly by COVID-19. Program will include multisensory experiences and will focus on strategies to improve self-management, stress management, approachability, choice and self-direction and compromising abilities, and self-de-escalation skills. Includes one-on-one and group activities. Individuals with Learning Disabilities
LEF Wellness Network

The Learning Enrichment Foundation

12 week program for individuals who require support to build peer networks, access resources, build their assets, and stabilize their lives. Activities include one-on-one coaching, group chats, networking opportunities, and group workshops focused on building networks, increasing access to supports and resources. Adult 45+
Mental Health and Justice Wrap Around Support

Margaret’s Housing & Community Support Services

12 week program providing immediate aid to individuals with criminal justice involvement who need wrap-around support during the pandemic. Program includes access to clothing and supplies, housing support, case management, social recreation and referrals. Program will provide care packages, assessment of immediate needs and access to our on-site supports at 21 Park Rd. including shower and washrooms, regular meals, and testing for Covid-19 symptoms, health care and housing support, and pre-employment services. Multiple challenges (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health); Experience with criminal justice system
Carry On (Neighbourhood Link)

The Neighbourhood Group

8-week therapeutic program for individuals experiencing mood disorders/substance abuse and other mental health issues. Participants will receive an assessment, interactive webinars, and activities to practice and apply Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) tools. Participants will learn and practice skills to identify and manage negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours and to reframe them and bring about adaptive behavioural change Individuals in recovery/addictions; Multiple barriers (i.e. long term unemployed, homeless, mental health
New Directions (St. Stephen’s)

The Neighbourhood Group

8-week program for individuals who were working or recently completed training in the food service/ hospitality sector prior to COVID-19. Program provides motivation, mindfulness and resiliency workshops, and will prepare participants to look at sectors and roles that provide opportunities for decent work.  Program includes group-based and individual career exploration. Women; Newcomers/Immigrants/Refugees; Racialized
Adapting to a Changing World

OASIS

10 week program providing access to supports and make vital connections in a time of uncertainty and fundamental societal change. Program supports participants to connect or reconnect with family, peers, and recovery support services that have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. Program includes individual and group workshops, peer-support activities, and goal setting. Individuals in recovery/addictions
iConnect

Operation Springboard

8 week program includes one-on-one weekly wellness checks, group social activities to improve peer networking and break down social isolation; weekly group webinars on topics such as wellness, financial literacy, skill development, and computer literacy. Counselling and mentoring will be provided where necessary. All
CALM – Connecting and Learning to Manage during Covid-19

Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC)

8 week program includes a personal assessment to determine current strengths and personal goals, weekly virtual workshops on stress and self-management, self-care and emotional intelligence. Participants will receive weekly one on one sessions with a life coach. All
Wrap Around Support

Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services

10 week program that provides weekly individual and group sessions. Program identifies and addresses basic needs such as access to food, housing challenges and obtaining benefits. Group sessions will include information about current community programs. Participants will be supported in obtaining computers and internet access and will be connected to available resources for children. Adult 45+
POV Community Support Services Program

POV 3rd Street

8 week program delivered in the context of rising political and cultural tensions brought on by systemic exclusion and social isolation. Program will support youth to share and unpack their narratives through creative expression while providing a platform for the shared experiences. This program is driven by two interconnected goals: essential skills development and self-management. Sessions will help to build resiliency and provide tools for navigating discrimination and “othering”. Youth 18-29
Bright Dimension Program

Progress Career Planning Institute (PCPI)

7 week program that includes weekly webinars and interactive activities that cover mental health, service navigation, housing and food support, personality dimensions and virtual group trivia. Ongoing one-on-one counselling will be provided based on need. All
Coping with Covid-19

Project Work

8 week program that will provide access to supports needed to enhance social determinants of health, including food security, mental health supports, and housing services. Program includes a mix of learning activities, one-on-one coaching and supports, and other participant engagement opportunities. Participants without access to technology (hardware and internet) will be equipped with a tablet and an internet connection for the duration of the program. Individuals with intellectual disabilities; individuals with learning disabilities; individuals with physical disabilities
Newcomer Women COVID-19 Response Team

Riverdale Immigrant Women’s Centre

8 week program will provide support to OW clients who face challenges accessing housing, establishing food security, locating culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare resources/information, or other wrap around support. One on one support and bi-weekly information sessions will be delivered by a multilingual team (Arabic, English, French, Gujrati, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese). Women; Adult 45+; Newcomers/ immigrants/refugees
Wrap Around Supports Program

Skills for Change of Metro Toronto

8 week program will help to build skills and meet the needs of the participants such as mental health, food, housing and emergency financial benefits. Weekly wellness checks and counselling sessions, webinars, information sessions and peer networking will support mental and emotional wellness. All
Navigating Next Steps

University Settlement

8 week program will provide one on one virtual counselling and coaching for individuals who need a range of life stabilization supports in order to move forward in their lives. Program will include workshops on health and wellness, self-care, building connections, mental health supports, financial literacy and more. Adult 45+; Newcomers/ immigrants/refugees
Life Stabilization Program

Ve’ahavta

12 week program will provide one-on-one case management group support to individuals who are experiencing poverty and/or homelessness. Program includes a structured educational component on topics relevant to the group’s needs and one-on-one sessions to support current life challenges and referrals to navigate these issues.  Short and long term goals will be identified and supports provided to achieve them. Adult 45+; Multiple challenges (i.e. long term unemployed, homeless, mental health)
Gateway Emergency Mentors (GEM)

West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre

8 week program provides one on one and group counselling and resources which include maintaining mental & physical well-being, financial management, creatively feeding families with limited groceries and budgets, how to help children/parents struggling with at-home schooling, coping with social isolation, finding creative outlets while staying at home and using the internet and search engines to find needed resources. All
Tech Lending Lifeline: Technology and Financial Empowerment for Vulnerable Youth

WoodGreen Community Services

8 week program provides participants with access to a device(s) such as a laptop, cell phone or tablet for duration and receive wrap around services primarily focused on access to benefits and financial stability. Program includes connections to other services, such as the Youth Wellness Centre, Community Connections, Newcomer Services and Employment Services. Youth 18-29; Adults 45+
YES to YES (Your Essential Services)

Youth Employment Services

12 week program provides support to build strength, resiliency and the opportunity to connect with a virtual community. Program supports digital literacy; one-on-one programming and peer networking activities. Individuals who are ready to pursue skill building, will have the opportunity to access tutorials on a number of platforms. All