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1 in 5 adults in Toronto live in poverty. Without financial stability, it is extremely difficult for individuals and families to cover the rising cost of housing. This is why an integral component of Fred Victor’s work is to support people in finding meaningful and sustainable employment.

Through a variety of programs and services, we help people develop practical and transferable skills, establish networks, and connect to relevant resources and information. In addition to creating opportunities for hands-on training and work experience, we also strive to address individual issues that may act as a barrier to employment, including health and housing.

Our current employment-focused programs and services are:

Employment and Training
Fred Victor’s Employment and Training Services is a provincially-funded employment centre that engages people one-on-one so they can think through short-term and long-term career goals, train for their future, find work and keep it. In other words, we help people find work that works. Learn more.
Friends Catering
Friends Catering is a social purpose enterprise that empowers the lives of individuals who are experiencing poverty and homelessness by providing exceptional catering solutions in a variety of innovative ways. Friends Catering offers food services training, customer service training and delivery/serving experience as well as extra training to achieve a Food Handler’s certificate, CPR and First Aid. Learn more.
Women’s Bakery
This program provides a space for women who are seeking empowering training and employment opportunities. Alongside professional bakers and facilitators, the Women’s Bakery program tackles barriers to employment, such as lack of experience in the workforce and childcare challenges, while fostering employability and entrepreneurship. Learn more.