Work Initiative Network Program

The Work Initiative Network (WIN) is a part-time structured employment program for adults with mental health issues.

The program is delivered through a combination of group workshops and 1-on-1 sessions and aims to assist participants to reach their employment goals by including topics not often addressed in traditional employment programs, such as accommodation, disclosure, stress management and job maintenance as well as more traditional employment supports like career exploration, resume writing, job search techniques and interview practice.


  • A referral from your mental health professional (therapist, counsellor, occupational therapist, case manager, psychiatrist etc.)
  • Identify as having a mental health issue and receiving therapeutic support
  • Looking for paid employment and prepared to work a minimum of 20 hours a week
  • Able to work in groups and attend the WIN program 3X per week
  • Meets definition of work readiness below

What is Work Readiness?
(As defined by The Dream Team, a consumer advocacy group)

  • I am functioning well in everyday life (managing time and schedule)
  • I am able to manage stress and the demands of a job
  • I demonstrate professional soft skills (communication, conflict management, presentation and hygiene)
  • I can balance my financial needs (reporting to ODSP, personal budgeting, etc.)
  • I have insight into my abilities and limitations (i.e., self-awareness)

WIN works in collaboration with the following organizations: 

  • Michael Garron Hospital Outpatient Mental Health Services
  • Reach: Michael Garron Hospital’s Community Outreach Program
  • Alternatives: The East York Mental Health Counselling Services Agency
  • Reconnect Mental Health Services
  • The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Referrals from other organizations are also welcome.

Next Steps

Please click on the button below for more information about the WIN program. After reading the PowerPoint slides, if you think this program would be a good fit for you, please contact us to schedule an interview. (


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