Employment Services

Practical guidance and support to get the right job for you.

From identifying opportunities to helping you write effective resumes and prepare for interviews, the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s wide range of employment services will help find the job that’s right for you.



More resources, more opportunities, more support!

  • We will work with you to identify your employment goals.
  • Together we will explore current and projected market trends.
  • You will get sound advice about how to identify and pursue the right opportunities.
  • We will help you build a resume and cover letter, as well as prepare you for job interviews.
  • Free access to computers, photocopier, printer, fax, and WiFi.
Group of adults at a table filling out forms at a YMCA of Greater Toronto employment centre Group of adults at a table filling out forms at a YMCA of Greater Toronto employment centre

Essential Skills and Employment Programs

Basic Culinary Skills

About the program

If you are interested in a career in the hospitality industry, the YMCA of Greater Toronto can help. We offer a unique 18-week program for people who receive social assistance. When you join our Hospitality Training Program, you will:

  • Complete 96 hours of classroom training where you will learn how to build a team and basic First Aid. When you complete this course, you will receive your Communication Food Handlers Certification.
  • Complete 375 hours of hands-on kitchen training where you will learn:
    • Vegetable cutting
    • Baking, and cooking techniques
  • Attend food lab demonstrations to learn how to:
    • Make soup and stock
    • Cook meat and fish
    • Prepare salads and dressing
    • Prepare pies and cakes

How to apply

For more information about this program, please contact us at 416-916-1066 ext. 123 or visit us at our Toronto Metro Hall YMCA Culinary Skills Program.

To see our catering menu, click here (PDF).

Learning Opportunities Program

About the program

Do you need to improve your essential reading, writing, math and computer skills? The Learning Opportunities Program can set you on the path to employment, secondary school credit, post-secondary education, apprenticeships, and much more.

You’ll enjoy:

  • small group learning sessions
  • 1-to-1 tutoring
  • a learning schedule tailor-made to your needs
  • an e-learning option from home

How to register

For more information and to register, contact us at (416) 635-9622 ext. 31085, email us at northyorklop@ymcagta.org, or visit us at our North York YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services.

Employment Programs

Get help finding a job

Every year at the YMCA of Greater Toronto, we connect tens of thousands of job seekers to good quality jobs.

Our employment resource centres are open to all. Find one close to you, and call or drop in to check out our job postings and attend one of our workshops. We also offer free WiFi, use of computers for job searching or resume preparation, and photocopying.

If you would like to meet with one of our job consultants, you can book an appointment right now.

To learn more about YMCA Employment programs call 416-928-9622 or 1-800-223-8024 or visit your local YMCA Centre.

Find a Y

Workshops

Build the skills you need to look for a job! Our workshops and events are designed to give you the tools and practical advice you need to find employment, including resume and cover letter creation, interview preparation, basic technical literacy skills, networking tips, and much more.

Locations and Schedules

  • Etobicoke YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services: Calendar (Word)
  • Mississauga YMCA Employment and Community Services: Calendar (Word)
  • North York YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services: Calendar (Word)
  • Pickering YMCA Employment and Community Services: Calendar (Word)
  • Richmond Hill YMCA Employment and Community Services: Calendar (Word)
  • Scarborough Tapscott YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services: Calendar (Word)
  • Scarborough Milner YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services: Calendar (Word)
  • Whitby YMCA Employment and Community Services: Calendar (Word)

Employment Services are funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
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