Financial Empowerment

WoodGreen’s Financial Empowerment Services help over 6,000 clients each year improve their financial well-being

Achieving financial stability while living on a low income can be extremely challenging, but we are here to help!

WoodGreen’s Financial Empowerment Services provide free information, counselling and support to low-income members of the community who have financial challenges. We empower our clients with the knowledge and skills to manage their finances and make informed decisions about their financial futures.

We offer the following free services to equip our clients with the right tools for financial success:

Do-It-Yourself Tax Helpline

The WoodGreen Tax Clinic is now offering a drop-in phone model for taxes! Through this model, one of our trained volunteers will coach you over phone or video to complete your taxes using a free tax software.

If you are ready to start your taxes, you can call our hotline and we will help you determine if this service is suitable for your needs.

Financial Empowerment Counselling

This is a free service for low-income clients who have problems accessing government benefits and/or banking services, money management issues, or general financial questions. Clients meet one-on-one with trained financial counselors to learn how to manage their finances, find solutions to their financial problems and achieve their financial goals.

  • WoodGreen’s Financial Empowerment team can help with:
  • Accessing and Restoring Government Benefits
  • Debt Management
  • Savings Tools and Options
  • Banking
  • Budgeting
  • Improving Credit

Contact us at (416) 645-6000 ext. 1330 or at to book an appointment.
Drop-in assessments also available Monday-Thursday, 9am-12pm & 1pm-5pm.

Income Tax Clinic

This is a Canada Revenue Agency supported Community Volunteer Income Tax Program that has been in operation for over 20 years. During the March-April tax season, volunteers prepare simple tax returns for low income clients at multiple locations throughout the East End of Toronto. After the tax season, the Income Tax Clinic operates on a weekly basis and also helps people with more complex tax problems.

Click here for more information, or contact us at (416) 645-6000 ext. 1187 or to book your tax appointment.

Scotiabank Family Finance Clinic

The Scotiabank Family Finance Clinic is a free 3-month program for families to access 1-on-1 support with a Financial Empowerment Counsellor to create and achieve realistic financial goals and build strong money management skills. Learn more.

Financial Empowerment Workshops

The WoodGreen Financial Empowerment Program delivers free presentations in the community on topics such as:

  • Canada Learning Bond
  • Budgeting and Money Management
  • Debt and Credit Management
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Income Tax, Benefits and Credits
  • Low-Income Retirement Planning
  • Consumer Awareness and Fraud
  • Power of Attorney for Property and Personal Care
  • Benefits, Supports and Tax Credits for Persons Living with Disabilities and their Caregivers

Workshops can be customized or developed to suit an organization’s needs and interests.

Contact our Financial Empowerment Program at (416) 645-6000 ext. 1330 or at to book your free workshop today.

Self-Help Financial Information and Resources

The Ontario Financial Empowerment Champions Project is Funded by the Government of Ontario

Emergency Relief Fund and Rent Bank 



Employment Services and Family Finance

WoodGreen Community Services offers supports for those looking for jobs and employment.

989 Danforth
1080 Queen Street East
1533 Victoria Park
Employment Training Programs

WoodGreen Community Services Employment Services Centres offer free services at three locations to anyone looking for work.

989 Danforth Avenue
1080 Queen Street East
1533 Victoria Park Avenue
Employment: Digital Tech

WoodGreen Community Services offers training in Digital Tech to youth interested in entering the industry.

1533 Victoria Park Avenue
English Language Programs

WoodGreen Community Services makes learning English easy and fun! English language classes are offered through the Newcomer Immigrant and Refugee Settlement Program.

1491 Danforth Avenue (2 minute walk from Coxwell subway station)
260 Wellesley Street East (5 minute walk from Sherbourne subway station)
Family Settlement Services

For decades, WoodGreen Community Services has been helping immigrants settle in Toronto and start their new lives! We offer a range of services to people new to Canada.

815 Danforth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Settlement Services for Newcomers and Refugees

WoodGreen Community Services offers settlement services to immigrants and refugees, both individuals and families, adult and youth.

815 Danforth Ave, Suite 300
1491 Danforth Ave
260 Wellesley St East
Social and Recreational Programming for Newcomers

WoodGreen Community Services offers social and recreational programs for immigrants and refugees. Most are no cost or low-cost.

815 Danforth Ave, Suite 300
1491 Danforth Ave
260 Wellesley Street East
Transitions to Success

Trainings and support to help women seeking employment. Microsoft Office 2016 Computer Training. Paid practical work experience.

Contact us for more information
Work Initiative Network Program

The Work Initiative Network (WIN) is a part-time structured employment program to help adults with mental health issues find and maintain meaningful employment.

East Toronto (Leslieville)