Employment Services

Elizabeth Fry Toronto provides unique programs in support of women who have experienced homelessness, are at-risk of conflict with the law or have experienced such conflict.

B.E.S.T Pre-employment Program

Building Employment Strategies Together (BEST) provides one-on-one and group support for women looking for work. Involvement with the criminal justice system adds a tremendous barrier to employment. Our BEST counsellor helps you identify the steps to employment. We provide assistance in the following areas:

  • self exploration
  • communication skills
  • resume development
  • financial literacy
  • training needs

Next Pre-employment skills workshop starts April 9, 2019.

Contact intake at 416 924-3708 to register. 

See the flyer here.

My Start-Up

My Start-Up is an entrepreneurship training and support program for women who want to start their own business. 

My Start-Up provides educational, business advisory, mentorship support, and access to financing options to women who have a practical business idea but lack a business plan and support networks.

My Start Up is offered in partnership with Rise Asset Development at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. 

Learn more here!


Job Development Services

Once you are ready to find a job, we can help you with that. We have relationships with over 25 employers and connect you to opportunities. But we wil not just send you off on an interview. We provide one-on-one coaching in interviewing and presentation skills. We will support you through the process of finding a job. 


Record Suspension (Pardon) Information Service

Understanding the process for cleaning your criminal record is not straightforward. There are many private companies that charge to help you with the process.  For free, we provide one-on-one assistance with submitting a pardon application to the National Parole Board of Canada.


Please call our intake line at 416 924-3708 and you will be assessed and then connected to the appropriate employment service. 



Sometimes the company we keep can have serious, everlasting consequences that alter the course of our life. Charlie found out the hard way that her partner did not have the best of intentions after she was arrested for holding on to his gun. Luckily, Charlie was strong enough to turn her situation around.  Charlie took full advantage of programs available when she was at Grand Valley Institute, and that hard work paid off upon her arrival to the Phyllis Haslam Residence at Elizabeth Fry Toronto. 

Upon her release, Charlie had a job lined up in a field she was passionate about, and has been working hard to save money so she can support herself when she is granted her full parole. Most importantly, Charlie has reconnected with old friends. By surrounding herself with positive influences who are as invested in her success as she is, it reminds Charlie that life always moves forward.