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Helping Abused and At-Risk Women Find Jobs

Ontario Supporting Community Organizations Offering Skills Training for Women

Ministry of the Status of Women

Ontario is helping abused and at-risk women learn new skills to support them in rebuilding their lives and create economic security for themselves and their families.

Through its Employment Training for Abused/At-Risk Women program the province is helping community organizations empower more than 640 women with critical skills training to help them find work. The training includes training in a variety of industries including hospitality, health care, skilled trades and transportation and is offered by 10 organizations across the province, with five serving the Greater Toronto Area.

Women enrolled in the program also receive support to help address the impact of abuse, such as safety planning, counselling, and referrals to other provincial programs and supports.

Helping abused and at-risk women gain new skills is part of the Ontario government's plan to invest in people and build a successful, vital province where everyone has the opportunity to succeed and fully participate in the workforce.

Quick Facts

  • In the Greater Toronto Area, the Employment Training for Abused/At-Risk Women program is offered at the Community Microskills Development Centre, COSTI Immigrant Services, George Brown College, Woodgreen Community Services and YWCA Toronto.
  • Nearly 2,000 women have completed job training through this program since 2006.
  • The program is part of Ontario’s Domestic Violence Action Plan, which focuses on prevention and better community supports for abused women and their children.

Additional Resources


“Leaving an abusive relationship takes courage and resources. The Employment Training for Abused/At-Risk Women program helps women discover their own potential and build a more secure and meaningful future for themselves and their children.”

Teresa Piruzza

Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues

“The training received through this program makes a dramatic difference in the lives of vulnerable women. We see it every day. This program trains these women for meaningful careers and it enables them to create a brighter future for themselves and their children.”

Georgia Quartaro, Ph.D.

Dean, Preparatory and Liberal Studies, George Brown College

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