Opening Doors – Workshops

About The Program

Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, The Opening Doors Project is committed to partnering with agencies and communities to develop safe spaces in Ontario and create welcoming, inclusive communities for immigrants and refugees, particularly those experiencing mental health challenges.

We provide a series of six core workshops that are interactive and peer-facilitated. These two-hour workshops are appropriate for English-language learners and can be tailored to specific audiences and needs.

Our core workshop topics include: 

  • Building Bridges: Anti-Racism 101
  • Understanding Migration
  • Mental Health & Wellness 101
  • Stress and Self-Care in Context 
  • Starting from the “I”: Reflecting on Our own Identities
  • Know Your Rights 101

If you wish to access French language training and/or French settlement services, please see here.

Pour des services d’établissement en français et/ou la formation linguistique en français, veuillez ici.

Who's It For

Newcomer communities, communities of mental health survivors, settlement workers, and mental health services, agencies and institutions

How IT Works

To book a workshop for your organization, please contact us at: openingdoors@cmhato.org or call us at 416-789-7957 x 3244.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who are the workshops for?

  • Newcomer communities
  • Communities of mental health survivors
  • Mental health services, agencies and institutions
  • Settlement workers

These two-hour workshops are appropriate for English-language learners and can be tailored to specific audiences and needs.

What will the workshops do?

  • Strengthen mental health, anti-racism and anti-discrimination literacy in Ontario communities.
  • Foster the participation of new immigrants and refugees with mental health issues.
  • Cultivate more inclusive and welcoming environments for new immigrants and refugees who face mental health challenges.

Where are the workshops held?

Workshops can be held virtually, at your organization or in community spaces.

How much do the workshops cost?

The workshops are free of cost as the program is funded by the Immigration and Refugee Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to ensure communities are able to access support with financial barrier.

What is the minimum number of participants required to host a workshop?

Minimum 10 participants as per funding mandate and for quality assurance this allows for an interactive discussion.

Our organization is based outside of Toronto, can we still book a workshop and have the team travel to facilitate our community?

Absolutely! Our project has a provincial mandate so we can travel across the province and we cover all travel costs. We ask organizations to ensure a space where can deliver our work with suitable seating arrangements for participants.

Can I request or attend a workshop as an individual?

Unfortunately, no. Workshops have to be requested by an organization or community group. However, we occasionally host a CDD, which is a day (or 2) open to the community to engage in our workshops. If interested, please email openingdoors@cmhato.org to be put on a waitlist.

Are the workshops available in other languages?

Yes, our workshops can also be delivered in Tamil.

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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