Employment Program

About The Program

The employment program offers a variety of services to participants to support their short and long term employment goals.  Each participant develops an individualized employment action plan that will assist in identifying specific needs to achieve their employment goals.  Steps can include access to training certification, development of social skills and access to recovery focused programs, resume development, interview preparation, job development and retention supports.  Each participant works one to one with an Employment Support Worker to collaboratively coordinate and develop plans and services.

The Employment Program is funded by Service Canada, Ontario Disability Employment Support Program (ODSP) and Home and Community Care Support Services. 

Who's It For

Adults 16+ who are experiencing mental health challenges and are ready and motivated to enter the workforce.

How IT Works

  1. Contact employment services intake at 416-789-7957 ext 3156 or e-mail: info@cmhato.org
  2. Once accepted into the program, individuals are paired with an Employment Support Worker
  3. Together, the client and Employment Support Worker create an Employment Action Plan and assist with job development
  4. Once gainfully employed, the Employment Support Worker can assist the client with job retention and other support


Who are employment services for?

Adults 16+ who are experiencing mental health challenges and are ready and motivated to enter the workforce. Individuals who are recipients of Employment Insurance (EI) are not eligible to receive service.

What areas does the program serve?

Employment services are available to individuals seeking employment in the GTA.

Where are employment services offered?

Services are offered in our offices, in the community and in the workplace. 

How do I apply for employment services?

To apply, contact employment services intake at 416-789-7957 ext 3156 or e-mail info@cmhato.org

I have been out of the workforce for a long time, will you still be able to help me?

Yes. Our Employment Support Workers will assist you to determine what you need to be successful and will highlight your skills and abilities to potential employers.  On the job training is offered at many places of employment.

I might need to complete a certificate to achieve my job goal. Can you help with that?

Yes.  We have supports and funds available to assist in achieving short term certifications that enhance your resume and open up more employment opportunities.  Common trainings are security guard certification, First Aid & CPR, Fork lift certification, Smart Serve, WHMIS and IT upgrading. There are many more trainings we can support and your Employment Support Worker can assist you with this.

I receive Income Supports, will working affect this income?

Yes.  Depending on the source of your income supports, earnings will affect this.  An Employment Support Worker will explain the impact working will have on your supports and assist you with your income reporting.  Income supports are set up to encourage you to work and earn extra money. We will discuss the best way to maximize all of your supports.

Will I continue to have an Employment Support Worker once I find a job?

Yes. Your Employment Support Worker will continue to work with you and provide job retention supports once you start working.  There are a number of services they can provide to ensure you maintain your job and create a positive work life balance.

Contact Us

West Office
700 Lawrence Ave W,
Suite #480 Toronto,
ON M6A 3B4

East Office
1200 Markham Rd,
Suite #500 Scarborough,
ON M1H 3C3

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