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On The Line Culinary Program

Free, paid youth career training for jobs in food service

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For youth looking for a job, the On the Line culinary program is a free, paid youth career training program in Toronto. You can get paid to learn, access skills-building opportunities, and gain employment readiness support in this 11-week culinary program.

Learn the skills and techniques you need to work in a kitchen, such as food prep and menu planning, under an experienced chef. In fact, you can take these skills and apply them to various jobs in the food service industry. Work as a line cook, in a manufacturing facility, or any other food service-related jobs.

What to expect from On the Line

  • 5 weeks of intensive kitchen training and pre-employment support to start careers
  • 6 weeks of paid work placement following the in-class training
  • Get paid for 30 hours per week to attend the sessions
  • training Menu planning, knife skills, and food prep training under a Chef instructor
  • Food Safety, HACCP, and WHMIS
  • One-on-one assistance with job search
  • On-going support throughout your employment

Is the On the Line program right for you

The On the Line Program is open to youth:

  • Aged between between the ages of 15 and 30 years old at the time of registration
  • A Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada

Get in touch to get started

Please see the Notice of Information Collection at the bottom of this page.

Learn more about On the Line

Contact us:

Bickford Centre
777 Bloor Street West, Room 120
Toronto, ON M6G 1L6
Call us at 416-393-0350
Email us at


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Notice of Collection and Use of Personal Information:

Personal information on this form is collected under the authority of sections 58(5), 169.1-173 and 189 of the Education Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.E.2 and will be used to plan, administer, deliver and promote the Toronto District School Board (“TDSB”) community programs, services and initiatives, as well as for statistical purposes. This information is retained in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M56 and will be shared with authorized TDSB and school staff and the TDSB authorized service provider(s) in order to administer the above purposes. Questions about this collection should be directed to Cristina Graida, TDSB Community Services Coordinator at, or at 416-395-8309, or at 5050 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M2N 5N8.