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Employment Program

The goal of The Employment Program is to meet members “where they are at” and to support them in applying to employment opportunities that best fit their goals, many of which are external.

Our Solution

Our Employment Program offers members the opportunity to:

  • re-engage in the labour force
  • develop life skills
  • create opportunities for activities that foster purpose and support recovery
  • have individual (1-1) meetings with an employment worker.

Eligibility Requirements

Can You Apply

The program is open to adults of all ages from across Toronto who are looking to re-enter the workforce, access support with pre-employment activities, and access referrals to training and other work opportunities.

  • Adults with lived experience of homelessness, poverty, mental health or substance use.

How To Apply

Individual meetings with an employment worker support are available by appointment only.

Staff are available to meet or speak with program participants by appointment or drop-in Mon-Friday during our current hours.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact our Employment Facilitator at PARC:

(416) 537-2262
info@parc.on.ca

Program Details

Individual Meetings with an Employment Worker

  • Resume building, cover letter building, mock interviewing, job searching
  • Asset mapping, goal planIndividual Meetings with an Employment Workerning, referrals to internal and external training opportunities
  • Financial literacy support, budgeting, navigation of income supports systems
  • Support around life aspects relevant to employment; referrals to medical, mental health, housing, substance use supports, and other programming.

Institutional support

  • Coordinating with OW/ODSP worker to receive benefits, including the Employment and Training Start-up Benefit
  • Support with learning income reporting systems
  • Support receiving the working benefit
  • Support with applying for volunteer transportation allowance

While an employment worker might have connections to employers and postings, we do not keep a robust list of employers or function as a ‘temp’ agency.

The experience is tailored to the individual member’s needs and the employment worker will meet with members to develop a plan in partnership with them.

Members who have received individual 1-1 support have described the experience as making the seemingly impossible task of looking for work feel easy and gave them opportunities to realize how many skills they already possess.

While the employment worker might sometimes have direct connections to employers and postings, most often, the program does not function as a temp agency and does not have a robust list of directly connected employers.

Rather, the employment worker will meet members “where they are at” to support them in applying to opportunities that best fit their goals, many of which are external and not connected employment opportunities.

The experience is tailored to the individual member’s needs. Whether it starts with a question during drop-in hours or a scheduled appointment, the employment worker will meet members where they're at and develop a plan in partnership with them.

Members who have received 1-1 support have described the experience as making the seemingly impossible task of looking for work feel easy. Other members have said it gave them opportunities to realize how many skills they already possess.

This is the lowest barrier to entering the employment program and deciding if it is a good fit for your needs.