EPE program

RIWC has been working with Toronto Employment and Social Services (TESS) to deliver our Essential Pathways to Employment (EPE) program since 2006.

The 8-week EPE Program features 6 weeks of core programming and 2 weeks of intensive post-program planning and customized placements to address individual participant needs and labor market challenges.

Our core components include expert assessment and referral; career/life skills training; computer/internet training; coaching to develop Individual Program Plans; and Post-Program Plan and resume development. 

We also offer 6 months’ Post-Program and Post-Hiring supports to maintain participants’ motivation and momentum, promoting excellent results through monthly coaching updating Post-Program Plans; peer learning; and social media networking.


The Hub offers work based skills training opportunities for women who are currently living on social assistance through our Essential Pathways to Employment program.  Find our more below…

WORK placements

In the final two weeks of the program, participants work with our on-site Job Coach and Program Coordinator to set up work-based placement opportunities throughout the Hub to further develop essential workplace skills.  These placements include administrative positions in our office, retail positions at Free Spirit @ Riverdale Hub, events coordination and assistant positions in our Art Gallery or catering positions in our Community Kitchen.  Our work placements enable our participants to further develop their career exploration skills, gain hands-on work experience and begin transitioning to the labour market.


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