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Community Services

Free, accessible community programs and services for employment, English language classes and settlement for newcomers, career training, skills upgrading for adults and youth in the Greater Toronto Area

IMPORTANT MESSAGE

The health and safety of our clients, employees and the communities where we live, work and serve across the GTA, is the top priority for the Community Services Unit of the Board. While we reopen our offices, we are taking the following measures:

  • We follow all TDSB mandates and policies in response to COVID-19, including mandatory staff vaccination.
  • 1-on-1 client services will be available by appointment only.
  • Clients, learners and visitors will be asked to complete a COVID-19 screening survey before entering our offices and schools. If anyone answers YES to any of the COVID-19 screening questions, they will not be allowed to attend the program or appointment that day.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) including masks must be used by staff and clients/learners.
  • Physical distancing protocols will be enforced.
  • Plexiglass screens have been installed where physical distancing is not possible.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitization procedures will be taking place.

Please check specific program links for contact information.

Community Services supports the Greater Toronto Area community to help job seekers, newcomers, youth and adults looking to improve their educational and work opportunities – at very little or no cost to individuals.

Community Services’ overarching goal is to make positive changes in people’s lives and contribute to society by supporting everyone’s well-being. Our programs, funded by the federal and provincial governments, play a vital role in building stronger communities.

Who do we serve?

School-age children, youth, and adults new to Canada

Are you a new immigrant (convention refugee/protected person or permanent resident) looking for information to live, work and play in Toronto? We have free Newcomer Services that can provide you one-on-one support and on-site childminding for your kids.

If you are seeking free English classes, enroll in our free Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) classes today! We have twelve locations in Toronto, and free childcare services on-site in all classrooms.

Professionals with international experience, education and training in Engineering, Information Technology (IT), Admin & Customer Relations, Healthcare, Accounting & Financial Services, and Sales & Marketing can continue your careers in Canada. Register into our free Enhanced Language Training program.

For children enrolled in TDSB schools, we have a free structured mentorship program called Welcoming Communities to help elementary and secondary school children integrate effectively into their new communities.

Job seekers in Toronto and Greater Toronto Area

If you are a job seeker in the Greater Toronto Area, we have seven Next-Steps Employment Centres across Toronto, Vaughan, and Mississauga. We will help you find the right job; match you with employers; and provide you with resources and supports, including information sessions for self-employment – for free.

In Scarborough, we have the Scarborough Centre for Employment Accessibility to help all job seekers overcome any barriers they may be facing as they pursue employment – at no cost. People who are unemployed; underemployed; with disabilities; are newcomers; are part of Ontario Works; receive ODSP; and anyone else seeking a job or wanting to become self-employed are welcome.

View our job board for current employment opportunities with our partner employers.

Youth and adults looking to develop their skills and to pursue specialized careers

For many, pursuing a new career means building a strong foundation first. We offer a free Essential Skills Upgrading program to help adults of all ages to upgrade their English reading, writing, math and computer skills.

For youth and adults who feel they are ready for the next step in their career paths, we offer free career training programs.

Youth can gain the skills needed for a culinary job or any job in the food service industry through our On the Line program. Program participants will be paid to receive in-class instruction, and then gain work experience through a work placement.

Or, youth can earn while they learn skills toward a career in construction through our On the Road program. Youth participants will receive in-class instruction and work placement for a career in construction.

Meanwhile, youth and adults wondering how they can be a certified hairstylist in Ontario can try our pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship hairstyling programs at Studio 500.

 

Job Listings in Greater Toronto Area

We partner with reputable employers to develop and source job leads. Click the button to see current employment opportunities with our partner employers.

 

Our impact on the community

Read our 2017-2020 Strategic Plan to see how we set out to make an impact.

View our Annual Report to read about the outcomes and amazing stories from the communities we serve.

Tell us how you think we’re doing with this anonymous feedback form or send an email to BDCSClientConfidential@tdsb.on.ca.

 

Learn more about each program by clicking on a link below.

For feedback on the website content or general information, please contact communitysvcs@tdsb.on.ca

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