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 Life Stabilization 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 Starts Target Group
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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 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. Summer 2021 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. Winter 2021 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. Summer or Fall 2021 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. Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 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. Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 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. TBD 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. TBD 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. Summer 2021 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. Summer 2021 Youth 18 – 29
Preparing for Employment Bridges to Employment

Achev

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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 All
Preparing for Employment Next Steps: Employability Program

Achev

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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 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. Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 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. Winter/Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 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. Summer/Fall 2021 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 and receive certification in First Aid & CPR C. Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 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. Winter 2021 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. TBD 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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 All
Preparing for Employment Customer Service Training (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. Winter 2021 and Summer 2021 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.
Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 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. TBD Youth 18-29
Hospitality/ Tourism/ Food Services Better Food Training Program (Sustainable Food)

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. TBD All
Preparing for Employment EDGE

Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough

15-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 10 weeks of unpaid placement in the participant’s sector of choice. Winter 2021 and Fall 2021 Racialized; Women; Youth 18 – 29
Preparing for Employment Breaking Through

East Scarborough Storefront – Makeway

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.
Summer 2021 All
Community Development/ Social Services Working with People in the Social Sector

East Scarborough Storefront – Makeway

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.
Spring 2021 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. Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 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. Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 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. Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 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. Continuous Intake 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. Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 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. Winter 2021 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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 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. Spring 2021 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. Spring 2021 All
Cleaning
Maintenance
Handy Work
Housekeeping
Professional Building Management Development Program

GTAA

12-week program prepares people for employment in the field of building maintenance, repair and building administration. 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. Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 All
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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 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. Continuous Intake 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. Continuous Intake 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. Continuous Intake 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. Spring 2021 and Summer/Fall 2021 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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021 and Summer/Fall 2021 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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021 and Summer/Fall 2021 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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021 and Summer/Fall 2021 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. Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 All
Manufacturing/ Production/ Warehousing Industrial Skills

The Learning Enrichment Foundation

10-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. Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 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. Summer 2021 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. TBD 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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 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. TBD 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. Continuous Intake 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. Continuous Intake 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. Continuous Intake 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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 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. Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 Newcomers/ immigrants/ refugees (with a work permit); Multiple challenges (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health issues)
Administrative/Clerical Connections: Computer & Customer Service Training Program

Neighbourhood Link Support Services

 

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. Winter 2021 and Summer 2021 Newcomers/ immigrants /refugees (with a work permit)
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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 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.
Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 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. Winter 2021 and Summer 2021 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. Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 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. Winter 2021 and Summer 2021 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. Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 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. Continuous Intake 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. Continuous Intake 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. Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 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. Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 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. Winter 2021 and Summer 2021 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. Spring 2021 All
Preparing for Employment Reaching HIRE

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. Summer/Fall 2021 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. Winter 2021 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. Winter 2021 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.
Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 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. Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 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. Summer 2021 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. Winter 2021,Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 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. Winter 2021,Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 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. Continuous Intake 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. Continuous Intake 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. TBD 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. Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 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. Summer 2021 Women
Preparing for Employment Pathways to Employment

Street Haven

10-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. Spring/Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 Multiple challenges (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health issues)
Preparing for Employment Employment Essentials Program

Times Change Women’s Employment Service Inc.

12-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. Continuous Intake starting Spring 2021 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. Continuous Intake 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). TBD 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. Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 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. Winter 2021 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. Summer 2021 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. Spring 2021 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. Fall 2021 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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 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 Winter 2021 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 MTCU. Winter 2021 and Summer 2021 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.
Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 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

12-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 trades. Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 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. Continuous Intake 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. Continuous Intake 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.
Summer 2021 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. Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and Fall 2021 All
Program and Agency Name Description Starts Target Group
New Opportunities for Women (NOW)

ACCES Employment

8 week program for vulnerable newcomer women who will receive support, information and resources required to cope with challenges related to COVID-19. Program 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 and soft skills-development. Corporate partners will participate as program mentors, guest speakers and program advisors. Community partnerships will be leveraged to provide health, mental health, education, family services, settlement, financial and legal services. Winter 2021

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

Newcomers / immigrants / refugees (with a work permit); Women
Newcomer Youth Connections

Achev

12 week program (8 week CORE plus 4 weeks post-program) for vulnerable newcomer youth (18-29) who require wrap around supports to address physical and emotional wellbeing 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. Newcomer youth build and expand their knowledge of available resources and services to address their specific needs while creating a support system with peers and the program staff. Winter 2021

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

Newcomers / immigrants / refugees (with a work permit); Youth 18-29
ACSA COVID – 360

Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA)

12 week program for newcomer families will provide intensive, wrap around supports in a client-centred and holistic manner. Program 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. Spring 2021

Summer 2021

Newcomers / immigrants / refugees (with a work permit)
We Care – Integrated Wrap Around Support for You

Carefirst Seniors and Community Services Association (Carefirst)

12 week course for adults 45+ who are marginalized and face challenges exacerbated by COVID-19. Program will teak a holistic, integrated and coordinated approach to support participant stability and well-being. Program includes one-on-one and group activities to address social isolation, physical decline, and psychological pressures. Participants will receive support to access food and essentials, to manage parenting issues and to access financial benefits. Transportation to essential appointments will be provided. Winter 2021 Adults 45+; Newcomers / immigrants / refugees (with a work permit)
Emergency Support Services

Canadian Training Institute (CTI)

8 week program for individuals experiencing barriers due to mental health and criminal justice issues. Program includes online group sessions on topics such as resiliency, mental health, healthy relationships and self-esteem, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and the costs and benefits of change. Participants will receive weekly one-on-one counselling and sessions on conflict resolution, emotional regulation, goal setting, and support with navigating resources within the community. Winter 2021 All
S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Management, Assessment, Resources, Training)

Centre for Immigrant and Community Services

8 week program designed to help women begin the journey towards employment by first focusing on the important skills of self-management. The program addresses such needs experienced by immigrant/refugee women by providing the following services: needs assessment and supportive counselling, wellness education on stress management and self-care practices, physical and mental wellness enhancement through dancing, yoga, and art, referral and connection with other community resources and employment support training such as job search skills, network building and office administration skills including business communication and computer skills training. Spring 2021 Women
LGBTQ2SI+ Wrap Around Supports Program

Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre

8 week program will work to keep LGBTQ2SI+ OW clients engaged in and motivated to accomplish productive pursuits related to their life stability, physical and mental health and well-being, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19. Spring 2021 LGBTQ2S+
COVID-19 – Support Program

Community Outreach Canada

12 week program for OW clients experiencing challenges related to COVID-19. Program includes one-on-one and group activities, as well as support to access food and other essentials, to find and maintain housing, and to access legal and financial services. Weekly counselling sessions focused on individual and/or family issues, support with police clearances and record suspensions, taxes, and other services as required. Winter 2021  All
COSTI WRAP

COSTI

8 week program for OW participants currently facing hardships and life stabilization issues preventing them from moving on with their career or work pursuits due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide individualized counseling and small group sessions, incorporating formal and informal sessions that include guest speakers and one-on-one supports and/or online learning courses and activities. Spring 2021

Summer 2021

Fall 2021

Newcomers / immigrants / refugees (with a work permit)
DHES Wrap Around support COVID-19 Response

Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services

12 week program for OW clients who are facing barriers related to COVID-19. Program aims to increase participants’ resilience and to proactively manage isolation, mental health issues and ongoing life changes due to the pandemic. The program includes one-on-one counselling and other program activities, to meet urgent and longer term needs and goals. The program will be tailored to each client to assess and identify their life stabilization priorities including housing, employment, food security, social connection and networking Spring 2021 All
HOPE (Heading to Opportunities in Pre-Employment)

East Scarborough Boys & Girls Club

12 week program designed to support youth (18-29) in receipt of Ontario Works. 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 to successfully navigate to next steps post-COVID crisis. Winter 2021

Summer 2021

Experience with criminal justice system; Youth 18-29
Community Resilience E-Supports Program

East Scarborough Storefront – Tides Canada

10 week program for youth (18-29) who require support to reduce social isolation, enhance connectivity and sense of belonging, access to vital information, supports and resources. Program elements include a needs assessment, information about emergency supports and financial assistance, referrals to partner agencies. This program will provide bi-weekly one-on-one coaching and weekly group session to facilitate peer networking and support. Spring 2021 Youth 18-29
Community Outreach and Social Wellness Program

Fred Victor Centre

12 week CORE program with 6 weeks post-program support for OW recipients 45+ who may be at-risk due to isolation and/or have other barriers that can lead to decreased independence and quality of life as a result of COVID-19. Program includes support for individuals on a number of levels: by offering referrals (access to food, housing and financial supports), advocacy, assistance with form completion, service navigation, emotional support, needs assessments and consultations. Program goals include helping participants to feel safe and supported, and empowered to make positive changes in their lives. Winter 2021 Adults 45+
Wrap Around Support Program – Staying Positive

GTAA

10 week program will provide coping strategies to individuals looking for support during COVID-19, addressing issues such as lack of self-esteem, how to remain connected and engaged in the changing world and identifying ways to reach out during COVID-19 using social media such as Facebook, email, and other methods of communication. The program will cover topics such as how to stay positive, goal-setting and increasing self-esteem. Program will include music and art therapy, wellness and meditation tools. Spring 2021  All
Mental Health Support in the Age of COVID-19

JVS Toronto

10 week program featuring counselling services for OW clients provided by experienced JVS Toronto psychology staff. Program includes weekly one-on-one counselling and mental health support as well as and webinars on topics such as social isolation, mental health and resiliency. Winter 2021 All
LEC COVID-19 Wrap Around Supports Program

Labour Education Centre

8 week program for individuals who are experiencing challenges and require supports related to mental health, food security, access to technology, service navigation, housing and financial supports. Program will include one-on-one counselling with a Social Worker as well as referrals to other organizations providing critical services. Once in person programming is permissible, participants will meet in newly designed/built outdoor spaces to maintain social distancing, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Spring 2021

Summer 2021

All
Step Together

Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto District

8 weeks of CORE programming and 6 weeks of post-program support for individuals with learning disabilities and/or family members who have been impacted significantly by COVID-19. Program activities will vary in delivery method and 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. Program will provide participants with assistance and strength to hold up and overcome crisis of isolation, loneliness, anxieties, uncertainties, depression, and stress. Will include one-on-one and group activities, service navigation, and support with financial literacy, nutrition, health and hygiene delivered in a nurturing and respectful environment. Winter 2021 Individuals with learning disabilities
LEF Wellness Network

The Learning Enrichment Foundation

10 week program for vulnerable and isolated OW recipients who require support to build peer networks, access resources, build their assets, and stabilize their lives. Program will use the Sustainable Livelihoods framework and Motivational Interviewing to work with clients to map their assets, develop a plan to build their assets, and build their confidence and supports to take steps to reach their plan. Activities one-on-one coaching, group chats, networking opportunities, and group workshops that will focus on building peer networks, increasing access to supports and resources, and improving their self-confidence, hope for the future and mental wellness. Winter 2021

Spring 2021

Newcomers / immigrants / refugees (with a work permit)
Mental Health and Justice Wrap Around Support

Margaret’s Housing & Community Support Services

12 week program for unhoused or precariously housed individuals seeking support after incarceration. Program will provide immediate aid to individuals with criminal justice involvement who need wrap around support during the pandemic. Offering one hub for all of their needs, including clothing and supplies, housing support, case management, social recreation and referrals, as well as tax clinic and psychiatric consultation, this program aims to reduce recidivism, self-isolation and hospitalization among individuals recently released from custody. 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, routinized testing for COVID-19 symptoms, health care and housing support, and pre-employment services. Winter 2021 All; Experience with criminal justice system; Multiple barriers (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health)
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 170 hours of programming, including an assessment, interactive webinars, self-directed 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. The program will begin with an initial assessment with a Registered Therapist and participants will leave the program with an Individual Post-Program Plan including the self- management tools in their individual toolbox, referrals to resources and activities as well as access to resource navigation support. Winter 2021

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

Individuals in recovery / addictions; Multiple barriers (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health)
Adapting to a Changing World

OASIS

8 week program for individuals in recovery or those seeking recovery from substance use. Program will provide access to supports and make vital connections in a time of uncertainty and fundamental societal change. Program will support participants in connecting or reconnecting with society, 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. Participants will receive referral services, weekly one on one sessions, the development of a personal safety plan and an individual program plan. Winter 2021

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

Fall 2021

Individuals in recovery / addictions
iConnect

Operation Springboard

8 week program that will provide connection to health and social resources in the community. 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 Self-Management, Wellness, Financial Literacy, Skill Development, and Computer Literacy; virtual sessions with community partners to highlight resources and service navigation. Mental health counselling and mentoring will be provided where necessary. Winter 2021

Spring 2021

All
CALM – Connecting and Learning to Manage during COVID-19

Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC)

8 week program that will provide connection, engagement and supports to help individuals succeed when opportunities emerge. Program includes a personal assessment to determine current strengths and personal goals, individual assignments and weekly virtual workshops on strategies for the new normal, such as stress and self-management, self-care and emotional intelligence. Participants will receive referral services to supports and weekly one on one sessions with a life coach. Program will encourage participants to work with a buddy to help them develop supportive relationships and provide accountability. Spring 2021 All
Wrap Around Support

Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services

10 week program that will provide a combination of weekly individual and group sessions. Program will identify and address basic needs such as access to food, housing challenges and obtaining benefits. Group sessions will include information about current community programs and resources, digital skills, building resiliency through stress management techniques, solution planning and peer support. Program participants will be supported in obtaining computers and internet access and will be connected to available resources for kids. Once basic needs are met, participants will be supported in getting back on track and plan training, education or employment. Winter 2021 Adult 45+
WRAP – POV enVISION LAB

POV 3rd Street

8 week program for youth who are experiencing challenges related to COVID-19 within the context of rising political and cultural tensions brought on by systemic exclusion and social isolation. The program is driven by two interconnected goals: soft skills development and goal management. Through intention and awareness, workshops are taught from an equity informed lens and will lay the groundwork for skill development essential to entering and remaining employed in the content production industry i.e. critical thinking, self-awareness, communication, storytelling, adaptive leadership and resiliency. Spring 2021 Youth 18-29
Bright Dimension Program

Progress Career Planning Institute (PCPI)

8 week program that will provide participants with a framework for managing issues in practical situations under the COVID-19 environment. Program 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. Winter 2021 All
Coping with COVID-19 – Tools and Tech for your Success

Project Work

8 week program that will provide persons with intellectual disabilities/special learning challenges 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. Access to a referral network will be available based on the specific support needs, including health services, financial management, food security, mental health supports, and housing services. Participants without access to technology (hardware and internet) will be equipped with a tablet and an internet connection for the duration of the program. Winter 2021 Individuals with intellectual disabilities; Individuals with learning disabilities; Individuals with physical disabilities
Let’s Connect: Providing life stabilization support for people struggling to cope with the impact of COVID -19

PTP Adult Learning and Employment Programs

8-12 week individualized program that will provide life stabilization support to individuals who are struggling to cope with the impact of COVID-19. Program will assess individual needs and co-create with participants a personalized Engagement Plan. Program will address food security, health and overall wellbeing, housing, financial literacy, isolation, child-rearing, and the navigation of available programs and services. Spring 2021  All
Newcomer Women COVID-19 Response Team

Riverdale Immigrant Women’s Centre

8 week program for newcomer men and women 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).Participants will receive support with service navigation and referrals. Winter 2021

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

All; Newcomers / immigrants / refugees (with a work permit)
Wrap Around Supports Program

Skills for Change of Metro Toronto

8 week program to support OW recipients who have been affected by COVID-19 pandemic to improve resiliency and enhance or develop their overall ability to achieve long-term stability. Program elements will help to build skills and meet the needs of the participants together with community services and interpersonal support to provide a comprehensive and holistic way of responding to different areas of their lives 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. Winter 2021 All
Wrap Around Support Funding

Street Haven

12 week program for vulnerable OW clients will provide regular wellness checks by phone or online, referrals to support programs and services and group workshops on topics such as Coping with Depression, Self Confidence, Motivation and Financial Literacy. Winter 2021 Multiple barriers (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health); Women
WRAP – TEAM (Toronto Evolve and Move) Wellness Program

Salvation Army

8 week program to support clients by offering weekly services such as individual wellness checks, weekly check-in meetings, and online speaking sessions with speakers on various topics such as wellness, mental health, goal setting and possibly employment. Clients will be sent a survey daily where they will be required to list any issues and what services they need (i.e. food support), which will be addressed during the wellness checks. Spring 2021  All
Caring Connection

Times Change Women’s Employment Service Inc

12 week program for individuals who identify as a woman and need urgent assistance due to COVID-19. Program includes a personalized needs assessment and participant plan, ongoing assistance navigating community and government services, weekly wellness checks, coaching and group networking, wellness workshops featuring guest speakers on topics such as financial literacy, self-care and resiliency, and referrals to essential services such as housing, food, and personal supports. Eligible participants will have access to a laptop, phone and internet service to participate in the program (through Times Change’s technology loan program). Winter 2021  Women
Navigating Next Steps

University Settlement

8 week program will provide wrap around supports through 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 a needs assessment to develop a customized, client centered Participant Plan and workshops on Health and Wellness, Self-Care Strategies, Fostering Social Connections, Mental Health supports, Financial Literacy, Budgeting, Legal Issues, Landlord and Tenant Rights, Worker’s Rights, Child Development, Parenting supports, Labour Market Information, Volunteering, and Educational Training. Spring 2021 Adult 45+; Newcomers / immigrants / refugees (with a work permit)
Customized Resilience Training and Social Supports

Up with Women

10-12 week program will help participants build a strong base of wellness while they navigate extremely challenging circumstances and isolation due to the pandemic crisis. Program will help build resilience and interpersonal skills, facilitate access to required social services and foster community connection. Program includes several specialized weekly resilience-based workshop series, peer-led group support, peer-led one-on-one coaching and support, and individual assignments. Summer 2021  Women
Life Stabilization Program

Ve’ahavta

12 week program will provide one-on-one case management support and peer group support to individuals who are experiencing poverty and/or homelessness. Program will include a needs assessment and will provide individualized support based on those needs. Program will include peer support groups with 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. Winter 2021 All; Multiple barriers (i.e. long-term unemployed, homeless, mental health)
Gateway Emergency Mentors (GEM)

West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre

8 week program will provide one-on-one and group counselling and resources which include, but are not limited to information on maintaining mental and 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. Winter 2021

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

All
Tech Lending Lifeline: Technology and Financial Empowerment for Vulnerable Youth

WoodGreen Community Services

8 week program for youth aged 15-29 and adults 45+. Participants will be able to borrow 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 assessment of life stability, enabling online access, addressing financial challenges and access to benefits, completing tax filings, and connecting to other needed services, such as the Youth Wellness Centre, Community Connections, Newcomer Services and Employment Services. Spring 2021

Summer 2021

Adults 45+; Youth 18-29
Staying Well through COVID

Working for Change

10 week program connecting with participants who are struggling, socially isolated, experiencing mental health issues, poverty, and in need of community resources. Program includes weekly virtual group activities, information sessions, connection to resources based on specific needs and the development of support systems with other group participants. Participants who do not have a computer or tablet or internet connection will be provided with one in order to participate in Zoom calls, group chats, and access videos or webinars. Spring 2021

Summer 2021

All
Managing the Present and Planning the Future

Working Skills Centre

12 week program supporting participants to develop access to resources, skills and strategies to cope during the COVID-19 emergency and become prepared to transition to a POES program or other program to reach their goals. Program includes virtual one-on-one counselling sessions, referrals to supports and services, peer networking sharing circles to address isolation and share coping strategies, online workshops on Self-Managing Mental Health, Healthy Eating, Financial Literacy and Continuous Learning Resources, and courses on digital literacy, reading and writing skills and ad-hoc courses based on evolving needs on topics such as parenting tips and employee and tenants rights. Winter 2021

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

 All
YMCA COVID-19 Community Support Program

YMCA of Greater Toronto

10 week program for individuals having difficulty coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Program includes access to a mental health network, addiction support, housing information, food security supports and employment programs. Program includes weekly group chats to help with socialization and online fitness classes to help reduce stress. Winter 2021  All
Connection

Yonge Street Mission

12 week program for street involved youth, adults experiencing chronic poverty and families in need. Program will provide one-on-one care management supports to address isolation, mental health, service navigation, unemployment, food security, housing and financial supports. Spring 2021

Summer 2021

 All
YES to YES (Your Essential Services)

Youth Employment Services

12 week program for vulnerable and marginalized individuals in receipt of OW including those with mental health issues who require stabilization and wrap around supports. Program will provide support to build strength, resiliency and the opportunity to connect with a virtual community. Program will support 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. Winter 2021 All