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ARE YOU READY FOR EMPLOYMENT THAT SUPPORTS COMMUNITY INCLUSION?

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:  3-12 months, High School Co-op / Volunteer Job Training Program

  • Support your community  
  • Discover your strengths and talents   
  • Develop skills in an area of interest   
  • Train for jobs as a Group Administrator, Group Coordinator or for Group Facilitation Positions, and join the team upon completion of 300 training hours. 


Note: Employment conditional upon satisfactory performance.

Take your next steps towards NextStep Employment.

Work STEP 2: 3-6 months, College / University  Co-op Program

  • Join a team and volunteer to help others
  • 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 Community Facilitator Position, and join the team upon completion of training hours. 

Note: Employment conditional upon satisfactory performance.


Work STEP 3: 12 months, Contract Employment

  • Join the workforce as a Group Facilitator or Community Facilitator
  • Help others
  • 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.


Entry Criteria: You may qualify for the Work STEP 3 program, if you are 18-29 years old and currently receiving benefits from one of the following programs:

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

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Work Foundation Program

Our Work Foundations Program is specifically designed for individuals who are transitioning into the community for the first time. It is a structured program that focuses on personal development and teaches the skills necessary for members to be in the workplace and share spaces. Students 18 yrs+ who choose this program option, are enrolled in our full-time My 1st STEP Program, that includes the Work STEP Foundations Program.


SKILLS WILL BE DEVELOPED IN: 

  • Job Specific Language Training
  • Job Specific Training
  • Following Workplace Health & Safety Rules and Expectations 
  • Using a Money Systems
  • Using Public Transit
  • Using Technology/Lifestyle App


Prerequisites: Certificate of Accomplishment: Students who have reached the age of eighteen without having met the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the Ontario Secondary School Certificate are eligible to be granted a Certificate of Accomplishment. The Certificate of Accomplishment  or equivalent is the minimum requirement for the Work STEP Foundations Program. 1:1 options are available and individual costs may vary.  

Learn to Live in Your Community

My 1st STEP, Employment Stream

This program is best for students who are currently in high school and preparing to transition into the community. Learning Groups are staffed at a 2:1 - 3:1 participant to staff ratio. Activity fees extra. 

The Focus of Each STEP Program is Personal Development!

Choice & Control

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Understand your options; Make your choices;  Follow your plan

Communication & Social Skills

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Communicate your wants, needs and feelings; Positively engage others

Self-Regulation

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Understand the expected & the unexpected; Manage negative thoughts and emotions

Self-Advocacy & Self-Help

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Know what you need; Clearly communicate your needs; Know your rights

Adaptive Skills

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Solve problems in real-time; Learn strategies to keep safe; Learn where to go for help

What Sets Us Apart

  • Know what to do after High School. Comprehensive transition program from High School through to Adulthood.


  • Live a life of choice with a high standard of living. We incorporate all of your needs, including: Social, Recreation, Leisure, Work & Community Living.


  • Flexible Part-time and Full-time fee for service options. Daytime, Evening, Weekend, Holiday and Overnight programs and services; with short - long term accommodation options arriving soon!


  • Coming to your Community soon. We are rapidly developing new locations to better serve our community; with goals to grow and expand across Southern Ontario, with you as our trusted partners.


  • Do More with your Limited Funding Dollars! Members learn the skills necessary to reduces their support needs. Move from 1:1 towards 3:1 or from 3:1 towards 6:1 staffing support needs. We design our programs to work with your funding dollars, so that our programs and services remain affordable. 

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ...

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Words from our Participants and Parents

"You’re teaching has helped me with my daily life routine which includes work life. I’ve learned how to be more confident and also stand up for myself and have a certain  behaviour at work..... also helped me have stronger friendships. 

I would strongly recommend NextSteps because you have made sure whoever you teach reaches their best and shines in their future.”  Hassan – Former Student


“I like Amberley because he is amazing, and he taught me how to take the TTC by myself. I really enjoy the trips we go on. I love them.” Rory - Current Student 


“Through this program, Jonathan’s language, comprehension, anxiety and how he interacts and socializes in public has improved tremendously. I highly recommend other parents who are looking for social outlets for their children to contact NextSteps.” Janet - Parent 


“Amberley has been in our lives for 8 years. He understands my son at times better then me. He can see through the lens of my son and gets the intricate workings of his mind. His Input is exceptional and I so appreciate his upbeat positive attitude & patience. Amberley creates the most detailed, thought out plans for our kids, which cater to their Interests, learning & needs. This past year, Amberley taught my son how to take the TTC independently. He taught him more then one way to get home in case a route was shut down. Taught him what to do if there was no ticket collector in the booth, what to do if someone sits to close to you etc. I feel very fortunate to have had Amberley’s guidance & expertise over these years. He is our angel.” Sarah – Parent