Canada Business Ontario (CBO)

In Ontario, Canada Business Ontario (CBO), which is a part of the Canada Business Network, has been Ontario’s Business Information Connection since 1995. CBO provides both federal and provincial business information – all at no cost. CBO can assist with finding information on starting a business, government financing programs, exporting, taxation or how to hire … Read more Canada Business Ontario (CBO)

Red Tape Reduction Commission

Between January and March 2011, the Red Tape Reduction Commission consulted with Canadians and received approximately 2,300 ideas about red tape irritants that get in the way of business productivity. The full report was unveiled in January 2012.  It contains 15 systemic changes and 90 department-specific recommended solutions to eliminate or alleviate these irritants. The report … Read more Red Tape Reduction Commission

Specialist High Skills Major Program

A Specialist High Skills Major program (SHSM) is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. It also assists in their transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace. Pursuing an SHSM enables students to: … Read more Specialist High Skills Major Program

Federal Research

NextGen Biofuels Fund – Sustainable Development Technology Canada SD Tech Fund – Sustainable Development Technology Canada National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA) Toronto Regional Sustainability Program Regional Adaptation Collaboratives – Natural Resources Canada

North Etobicoke Revitalization Project (NERP)

NERP is a revitalization initiative involving citizen, business and agency leaders in Ward 1. The purpose of this initiative is to address issues such as the need for increased community engagement and empowerment, local employment and economic development opportunities, youth, arts, culture and recreation program opportunities, environmental stewardship, and expressions of community well-being, safety, marketing … Read more North Etobicoke Revitalization Project (NERP)

Waterfront Toronto

The revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront provides the city, the province and the country with an excellent opportunity to ensure that Toronto remains among the best places in the world to live, work and visit. Revitalization is a significant key to our future prosperity and Canada’s much envied standard of living. Following the release of the … Read more Waterfront Toronto


MaRS is a convergence innovation centre dedicated to accelerating the commercialization of new ideas and new technologies by fostering the coming together of capital, science and business. Located in Toronto’s downtown “Discovery District,” MaRS sits at the epicentre of one of North America’s most concentrated clusters of biomedical research and expertise – literally steps from … Read more MaRS

Moving the Economy (MTE)

MTE acts as a sector development agency that works to attract investment and create jobs in Toronto’s growing sustainable transportation/New Mobility sector. The two key activities are a major research study on “Building the Toronto Region’s New Mobility Cluster” and supporting sectoral development (through pilots, partnerships, research and communications). Web site: PARTNERS: Environment Canada … Read more Moving the Economy (MTE)

Inland Waterways Cruising Product Club

The Inland Waterways Product Club concentrates on the development of a cruise industry in Canada’s Inland Waterways. It will enable a niche market of the cruise industry to gather support experiences, identify new opportunities and increase tourism. The Toronto focus is to encourage more ships to select the City as a destination and expanding on-shore activities. Web … Read more Inland Waterways Cruising Product Club

Intergovernmental Committee for Economic and Labour Force Development in Toronto (ICE)

The membership of ICE includes representatives from the Government of Canada (Industry Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and FedDev Ontario), the Province of Ontario (Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities, Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment & Ministryof Research and Innovation, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration), and the City of … Read more Intergovernmental Committee for Economic and Labour Force Development in Toronto (ICE)

Fort York Food Bank (FYFB) Employment Access Project

FYFB’s Employment Access Project will enhance a shelter client’s ability to gain and retain employment. This objective is achieved by delivering a range of services including workshops, counsellors and a resource centre, either independently or with community partners. FYFB will engage project participants in voluntary service to ensure the project’s success and increase the client’s ability … Read more Fort York Food Bank (FYFB) Employment Access Project

Lakeside SCC at Dufferin Mall

This is a co-located service delivery location serving Service Canada and TSS clients. The goal of the partnership is to improve client service and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of delivery. PARTNERS: City of Toronto/Ontario Works Rufus House (City of Toronto) (416) 392-6558

Ontario WorkInfoNet (OnWIN)

OnWIN is dedicated to providing employment and career information over the Internet. The OnWIN web site specializes in providing links to employment and career-related web sites in Ontario. Web site PARTNERS: Canada WorkInfoNet Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities COMMUNITY CONTACT: Ontario WorkinfoNet Telephone: (705) 254.6943 E-Mail: GOVERNMENT CONTACT: Chantal Locatelli Senior Policy Adviser, … Read more Ontario WorkInfoNet (OnWIN)

Food Sector Pilot Project-Best Management Practices

The project provides business training to company managers in order to improve employment retention. PARTNERS: City of Toronto Ontario Food Processors Association Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ministry of Training, College and Universities COMMUNITY CONTACT: Michael Watson 416 392-3830 GOVERNMENT CONTACT: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Labour Market and Training Division (416)-326-5656 … Read more Food Sector Pilot Project-Best Management Practices

Dixon Hall – Calico Project

Calico provides community based entrepreneurs with a supportive and affordable launch pad for their enterprise. All ‘traders’ are low-income and usually on financial assistance. Their goal is to develop an enterprise that will improve their financial and social situation, from dependency to independence. Calico also seeks to mentor a trader to take over the administration … Read more Dixon Hall – Calico Project

Enterprise Toronto

Enterprise Toronto is a public and private sector alliance providing a one-stop source of services and programs for Toronto’s entrepreneurs and small businesses. It provides business with consultation services, business name registration and incorporation, key business information, links to community business networks, special events and a business resource centre. Web site: PARTNERS: Industry Canada – … Read more Enterprise Toronto

Strategic Employment Solutions

Project provides employment services for all persons with disabilities within the Greater Toronto Area. Services include: intake sessions, job search assistance, broker targeted wage subsidies throughout the GTA. PARTNERS: Service Canada Ministry of Community, Family, and Children Services (MCSS) Toronto Employment Network Toronto Consortium of Employment Services for Persons with Disabilities COMMUNITY CONTACT: Kari-Ann Timothy Regional … Read more Strategic Employment Solutions

Internationally Educated Professionals (IEP) Conference

The Internationally Educated Professionals (IEP) Conference is delivered by PCPI annually to create a grassroots forum to inform the immigrant employment policy agenda and to explore ways to facilitate the integration of skilled immigrants into the Toronto region economy. The conference attracts over 1,300 IEPs to share information and experiences with each other and with … Read more Internationally Educated Professionals (IEP) Conference

Haween Enterprises

Owned and operated by the Somali Women and Children’s Support Network, Haween Enterprises is a sewing enterprise that makes textile products for manufacturers, private companies and individuals, and provides training and transitional employment for immigrant and low-income women. It has several large, long-term contracts to produce cloth bags and vacuum cleaner bags. Web site: … Read more Haween Enterprises

Youth Skill Zone

The Street Involved Youth Program (SIYP), formerly the Squeegee Working Youth Mobilization Program, was created for street-involved youth that use squeegeeing or panhandling as a means to survive. SIYP combines lifestyle stabilization with specific job skill development in 10-week modules that are delivered through partnership with other community agencies. To support next steps towards long … Read more Youth Skill Zone

Youth Employment Toronto

Youth Employment Toronto targets at-risk and unemployed youth across the City through the work of six outreach workers. These workers go into the community to locate youth in a variety of settings including malls, hostels, drop-in centres, and provide on-site vocational assessments, counselling support and help make links to employment resources, with the end goal of … Read more Youth Employment Toronto

Toronto Youth Job Corps (TYJC)

TYJC operates in two phases; a life skills/pre-employment phase and a work placement phase. It is designed to help “at-risk” youth aged 16-29 who are no longer attending school to maintain and secure employment through the provision of counselling, life skills workshops, hands-on work experience and a supported job placement of up to 24 weeks. Youth … Read more Toronto Youth Job Corps (TYJC)

The Silver Brush

The Silver Brush provides painting services to the commercial residential market. It is operated by a partnership of Houselink Community Homes and Parkdale Activity Resource Centre. The Silver Brush offers permanent employment to psychiatric consumer/survivors who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. PARTNERS: • Ministry of Community and Social Services • City of Toronto … Read more The Silver Brush

Interpreter Services Toronto, Barbra Schlifer Clinic

Interpreter Services Toronto provides a 24-hour, 7-days a week Interpreter Service in the Greater Toronto Area.  Trained, professional community interpreters provide services. Web site: PARTNERS: Ministry of Community and Social Services City of Toronto United Way Toronto COMMUNITY CONTACT: Nora Angeles Manager 416-323-9149 ext 245 GOVERNMENT CONTACTS: Sally Bryant City of Toronto (416) 397-4197 … Read more Interpreter Services Toronto, Barbra Schlifer Clinic

Friends’ Catering Company

Friends offers a full range of catering services, including some of its own recipes, to non-profit organizations and corporations in the downtown area. Catering ranges from lunch meetings to full service multi-course diners. The company provides professional training and employment opportunities for individuals who have experienced substantial barriers to finding employment. It is owned and … Read more Friends’ Catering Company

Furniture Bank

Furniture Bank has established Furniture Link to create employment opportunities for homeless and at-risk individuals. Furniture Link operates a delivery service, handling all furniture deliveries for Furniture Bank’s clients and a furniture refinishing and upgrading shop, which recycles, upgrades and/or repairs donated items that are unique and/or surplus. Web site: PARTNERS: Ministry of Community … Read more Furniture Bank

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