Although they are listed as separate services, RIWC follows an integrated model of service where each of its service and program components overlaps. For example, although job search workshops are listed under Settlement and Integration Programs, they can be accessed by clients in other programs as well. Other services include counselling, internships, and community workshops.

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Settlement Program

Addresses the psychosocial needs and structural barriers affecting the lives of newcomers and their families in the process of settlement.


• Community outreach, information and referral, translation and interpretation on immigration, housing, health, employment, financial, legal and other relevant issues
• Crisis and supportive counseling in the areas of cultural dislocation, adjustment to role changes, isolation, racism and loss of extended family support systems

Violence Against Women and Children Program

Our strategic location, in the heart of Gerrard India Bazaar and close to Chinatown East, means that we are highly visible to the vibrant, immigrant communities that populate Toronto's East End. Our program's outreach has been very successful. While most of our clients come from South Asia (30%), a significant number are from Africa (25%), South China (10%) and Europe (5%). Canadian-born clients represent 13% and the remaining 6% come from a variety of other ethnicities such as Middle Eastern, South American, Central Asian and South East Asian.

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Essential Pathways to Employment Program

The success of this program is grounded in our Sustainable Livelihoods model and its delivery. Drawing on this model, the program cultivates the intrinsic value of each individual by helping them to identify and bolster an awareness of their assets and strengths. Using a holistic approach means that we listen to and appreciate each person’s unique strengths and challenges.

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Anti-Violence Youth Program

Our Anti-Violence Youth Program focuses on youth leadership development, anti-violence education, and non-violent relationships. This program improves the health and safety of girls, young women and their children who are victims of physical/emotional abuse and sexual assault. The program improves access to information promoting healthy relationships and support services for those affected by violence.

Food Service and Hospitality Training Program

FREE, 10 week skills training program for Women and Men
on Ontario Works, focused on the food, hospitality and
tourism sector. This program is highly individualized and
provides hands on training and experience to participants in our in-house social enterprises.

After completing the program, participants receive six months of post-program support for seeking employment, further skill development, training and education and relevant placement opportunities that will lead to employment.

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Empowering Women in the Food
Service and Restaurant Industry

Sponsored by Status of Women Canada, this project aims
to develop a plan of action to overcome barriers for women
striving to achieve economic security within the Food
Service and Restaurant industry.

You will participate in focus group discussions on issues
such as access to information about employment standards
and human rights, entrepreneurship, as well as access to
training and professional development.

Women in the Garden (WIG) Program

FREE, bi-weekly program offered every Tuesday and Thursday
to neighborhood women a chance to learn gardening, work in
our garden and participate in yoga classes and health
workshops. This program aims to promote health and
wellbeing, improve access to organic food and grow social