This is a Job Training and Employment program best for adults who are ready to transition into the workforce. Participants may face a variety of barriers to employment, including: disability, lack of education or experience, or socio-economic barriers.  Participants learn to navigate and engage in workplace settings. 

The program utilizes our NextStep Clubhouse, located at 1105 College Street, Toronto, Ontario and our shared spaces at the Centre for Social Innovation, located at 720 Bathurst Street. 

Our NextSTEP Club House is within 10 minutes walking distance from a subway station, library, gym, mall, park, and is surrounded by local restaurants, shops and stores. 

The Centre for Social Innovation is part of the Annex community. CSI Annex is a five-story, beautifully restored brick and beam building; packed with innovators. Each of the co-working floors has a unique vibe. You can relax in the lounge with a snack from our locally sourced CSI Cafe.

Additional support is available for individuals who are not independent in the community. Individual costs may vary. Please Note: There is advanced placement into Work STEP 1, 2 or 3 based on job skills assessment. Positions are limited and wait lists may be applied.

Program Participation Requirements:

  • TTC Support Card (Required if necessary)
  • Presto Card (Required)
  • STEP Planning (Included)
  • Smartphone or Tablet with Talk / Text / 5G Data  (Required and may be supplied on a case by case situation)

Work STEP 1: High School Co-op Program

  • Support your community  
  • Discover your strengths and talents   
  • Develop skills in an area of interest   
  • Train for a job as an Event Facilitator, Group Guide or Clubhouse Facilitator
  • Join the team upon completion of 300 training hours* 

Work STEP 2: College & University Co-op Program

  • Learn valuable work skills   
  • Work for a cause 
  • Connect with others who share your interests   
  • Work to complete your Crisis Prevention Intervention Certification*
  • Train for a Group Facilitator Position
  • Join the team upon Graduation*

Work STEP 3: 6 months Contract Employment

  • Gateway opportunity to join us full-time, as an Event Facilitator or as a Group Facilitator 
  • 60 hours of work preparation workshops
  • Up to 26 week paid training placement
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Qualify for continued employment and career advancement

*Note: Employment conditional upon necessary skills and experience.

Take your next steps towards NextStep Employment.

Entry Criteria: You can qualify for the Work STEP 3 program, if you are 16-29 years old and currently receiving benefits from one of the following programs:

  • Ontario Disability Support Program, ODSP
  • Developmental Services Ontario, DSO
  • Ontario Works, OW
  • Passport Funding

2020 program details

2020 Work STEP1: Transition to Work Program Budgets (pdf)


2020 Work STEP2: Transition to Employment Program Budgets (pdf)


2020 Work STEP3: Transition to Employment Program Budgets (pdf)


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