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WorkForce Challenge

Ages: 15-30

Referral: Self-referral or direct referral through community organizations

Cost: Individuals are paid for their participation. Funding is provided through Service Canada – Employment and Social Development Canada

Location: Mississauga, Toronto, Scarborough

About: WFC is a youth employment program which supports individuals aged 15-30 who self-identify with a mental health disability to re-enter the workforce, maintain permanent employment, or find employment.

This program is delivered in two phases: the first is six weeks of group-based employment skills workshops where participants develop their skills in networking, resume building, interviewing, and managing workplace conflict. During this portion of the program, clients are paid for their active participation in the workshops.

The second phase of the program is a nine-week supported work placement where participants are supported to find employment in their chosen fields with the support of program facilitators with clients receiving payment from their placement employer.

In order to qualify for WFC, individuals must:

  • Be between the ages of 15-30
  • Available Monday – Friday from 10 am – 4 pm
  • Not currently employed or in post-secondary education
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Self-identify with a mental health disability

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