Quick Facts

Service type: Employment
Eligibility: Ontario Works recipients, age 45+, unemployed 1+ years
Delivery: Virtual with some in-person components
815 Danforth Ave. Toronto, ON M4J 1L2
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Fee: Free
Program dates: Starts May 2024

Program Description

The Older Workers’ Initiative (OWI) aims to improve access to sustainable employment for job seekers aged 45 years or older who are on Ontario Works and have been unemployed for at least 1 year.


The program offers training and tools tailored to the needs of older workers, including:

  • Career counselling based on your experience, interests and capabilities
  • Pre-employment training to help you find employment that aligns with your goals
  • Resume writing and interview preparation
  • Basic computer skills training to navigate your job search and network online
  • Peer support to build confidence and improve communication skills
  • Financial assessment and retirement planning counselling


OWI is a full-time, six-week program that includes:

  • In-person class 2 days and one Online class per week for 6 weeks
  • 2 days per week are dedicated for Independent assignments, assessments and appointments
  • One-on-one employment counselling


Eligibility requirements

  • Age 45+
  • Ontario Works recipient
  • Unemployed for 1 year or more
  • You must be referred by your Ontario Works caseworker



To apply for this program, please request a referral from your Ontario Works caseworker.

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Ready to participate?

Contact us using the information below to register or for more information about the program.


For more information about the program, download the flyer here.


Contact Information

Heather Hunter

Employment Case Counsellor

(416) 759-4540


815 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, ON
M4J 1L2

1533 Victoria Park Ave.
Toronto, ON
M1L 2T3


Monday to Friday
9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

This program is funded by


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