Chris Glover MPP, Spadina–Fort York

Government of Ontario

Grants and Support Programs

Women of Courage Free Online Workshop

This is a free 8-week online workshop starting September 20 where women will meet every Tuesday and Thursday 6-8 pm. Four facilitators deliver their respective materials: storytelling, digital skills, anti-racism and self-care. To register, email [email protected] or call 647-539-4273.

Newcomer Youth Green Economy Project

This is a free program funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and aims to help newcomer youth (18-29 years of age) enter the Canadian environmental job market. The Fall 2022 registration page is now open to applications from eligible residents. During the five-month program, participants will be provided with job search and corporate culture training, networking opportunities, project placements with an industry mentor, career coaching, virtual field trips, and resume and cover-letter targeting. Details here.

Hospitality Youth Program

The Hospitality Workers Training Centre is presenting this free fast-track program for youth who are interested in working in the hospitality industry. With daily support from trainers, employment specialists, and a youth engagement and success specialist, Fast Track can help you discover a variety of hospitality career paths, and give you the opportunity to earn important industry certifications at no cost. For more information, call toll-free at 1-888-777-4982. Details here.

OTF Capital Grants for Non-Profits

Applications for Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Capital grants are now open to help non-profit organizations address a community need by improving the infrastructure Ontarians need to thrive. Whether it’s purchasing equipment, building a new space, or completing renovations, retrofits or repairs, Capital grants support projects that will have a positive impact in your community.

Before your organization prepares its grant application, review the following information: 

Grant application deadline is August 3, 2022 at 5:00 pm. For more information, contact OTF’s Support Centre at [email protected] or 1-800 263-2887.

Teens Learn to Drive Program

The Teens Learn to Drive (TL2D) Team is recruiting Ontario high school students between the ages of 15-19 for the 2022-23 school year to become Vision Zero Youth Network (VZYN) Ambassadors. If you have teens, nieces, nephews, or friends that might be interested, please share this information. The program is free and has lots of benefits for selected students and their schools. Ambassadors will work with the TL2D Team, police, and other partners to close the knowledge gap for young drivers, riders and pedestrians and make Ontario roads safer. The time commitment required is 5 hours per month. In return students will earn all 40 of their community service hours, build their portfolio and gain experience for their post-secondary endeavors and make their community safer!

TransformTO Climate Advisory Group

The City of Toronto is inviting local residents and organizations to become part of its new Climate Advisory Group that will guide implementation of the TransformTO Net Zero Climate Action Strategy. Approximately 20 members will be selected, for a term of three years, through the City’s public appointments process. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm July 20. Details here.

Toronto Atmospheric Fund Grants

The TAF grant program is now open and looking to support high-impact carbon reduction opportunities in the GTHA. TAF is particularly interested in projects that show potential to scale and to integrate community benefits like social equity and health. Expressions of Interest for our next round are due July 8 and full grant applications are due August 24.

Toronto Restaurant Program Survey

The City of Toronto is looking for input from restaurant owners on existing restaurant support programs to help shape the future of Toronto’s restaurant programming. Complete the survey here.  Deadline is July 18.

AFC Arts Reactivation Program

The AFC has announced the Reactivation Program – direct financial assistance for independent, self-employed, and gig workers in the live performance sector who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Reactivation Program serves theatre, comedy, and circus performers, as well as technicians, production, and other live performance professionals who need financial support to maintain or regain work in the sector and provides one-time assistance of up to $2,500. More information about The AFC Reactivation Program, please contact: 1-888-337-7834 or email [email protected].

Women Breaking Barriers Program

Women Breaking Barriers works to strengthen company practices around recruitment, retention, and advancement using free tools and resources with the goal to help small to medium-sized employers find qualified candidates for their open positions and help women find sustainable, high-paying employment. More information on their programs can be found here.

Income Tax Assistance from CRA

  • Tax filing may be more challenging for some people this year because of COVID-19. Filing a tax return is very important as it will let the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) determine if someone is eligible for certain benefit and credit payments, such as the Canada Child Benefit and the GST/HST credit. To help, the CRA will offer extra support to eligible individuals who have previously received support through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). Individuals who need help completing their income tax return can call 1-833-995-2341Visit Canada.ca/tax-filing-assistance.

Ukrainian Relief in Ontario

The Ontario government is launching a suite of supports for Ukrainian families arriving under the new emergency travel authorization to connect new arrivals with job search supports and local employers in the community.

Ukrainian Canadian Congress-National (UCC)

The UCC is working with Canadian government officials at all levels to learn what programs and assistance will be provided for displaced persons coming to Canada from Ukraine. 

If you want to help a new arrival, complete the survey at ucc.ca

Education Funding Opportunities

  • Annual Studentship for Mental Health Program

Mental Health Research Canada is providing funding opportunities for university and college students. Click here for more information.

  • Tuition Programs for Foster Kids

Are you a current or former foster kid? Did you always want to go to college or university but money got in the way? Click here for participating schools.

Program for Indigenous Tourism in Ontario

  • The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), in collaboration with Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO), and the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC), are now accepting applications for A Three Fires Collaborative Quest Program - a program designed to support recovery and growth of the province’s Indigenous tourism workforce by building the labour pool and filling critical gaps within the industry.

To apply for the program as a potential employee, you must self-identify as Indigenous. You will have the opportunity to participate in training workshops facilitated by OTEC and you will be matched with tourism employers to complete a paid job placement.

To apply for the program as an employer, you must be a tourism business in Ontario, and you must be willing to support your new employee’s training and development in collaboration with the program. After completing the program you will be eligible to receive a wage subsidy of 30%, to a maximum of $3,000 per employee hired. To apply, click here.

Ontario Arts Council Grants

  • For more than 55 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has provided vital support to the professional arts community in Ontario. The OAC is financed through an annual grant from the Ontario government’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Visit the website here for information on the grants available or email [email protected].

Toronto Arts Council Grants

  • Supporting the city’s artists and arts organizations through an established and effective granting program since 1974. Visit the website.

Art and Creative Skills Collective

An arts-based non-profit organization that offers free arts programming including story-writing, photography and film-making. Each program is designed to:

  • Provide a safe space for youth to express themselves
  • Build 21st-century skills among youth
  • Give youth a platform to voice their opinion, artistically
  • Deconstruct the stigma around mental illness
  • Facilitate the development of positive and peer-learning support
  • Help participants explore new career options and push their artistic inclination
  • Support participants to work in a group setting and learn as a collective, fostering a deep sense of community

Visit the website.

Pathways to Success Program for Indigenous Youth

  • The Indigenous Professional Association of Canada’s Pathways to Success Program creates new opportunities for internships and summer work experiences for Indigenous youth (17-29) in Toronto, Winnipeg and Edmonton. They are currently looking for employers and Indigenous youth to participate in the program. For more information, visit the Pathways to Success website and signup page.

Private Refugee Support Network Ontario

  • The Private Refugee Sponsor Network Ontario (The Network) is a volunteer-driven organization with 260 sponsors working together in response to community need, offering information, education, problem solving, and networking opportunities to enable private sponsors to better support refugee families. The Network is playing a significant role in resolving post-arrival issues, addressing potential sponsorship breakdown and creating relationships with settlement agencies that will lead to more effective service delivery in the sector. To learn more about the Private Refugee Sponsor Network Ontario, email [email protected], or visit the website at www.refugeesponsornet.ca.

Seniors Assistance Home Maintenance Program

  • Do you need help around your home? This program enables older adults and individuals with disabilities to continue to live independently and safely in their own homes with support from brokered home maintenance workers. Services at reasonable prices include: lawn and garden maintenance, snow shovelling, light housekeeping, odd jobs around the house. For more information, visit www.tigp.org, email [email protected] or call 416-676-5993.

Toronto Rent Bank Program

Toronto Rent Bank Program is currently offering grants of up to $4,000 or 3 months of rent to eligible low-income households who are facing eviction. Toronto residents may be eligible for an interest-free rental arrears or rental deposit grant if they:

  • Live in Toronto

  • Pay market rent for a rental unit covered by the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA)

  • Fall within the low-income household eligibility requirement

  • Are not currently in receipt of social assistance such as Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program  (ODSP)*

  • Can satisfy other Toronto Rent Bank Program requirements, as required

Please call 416-397-RENT (7368) for more information on how to apply. Operating hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This program is offered by Neighbourhood Information Post and funded by the City of Toronto. Visit www.torontorentbank.ca for more details.

*Residents in receipt of social assistance should contact their Ontario Works or ODSP  office as they may qualify for the Housing Stabilization Fund.