My Start-Up

Employment has been identified as a leading component in promoting successful reintegration post incarceration, positive mental health and leading a fulfilling life in the community. However, securing paid employment with a criminal record is not easy, to say the least. Women feel stigmatized and discredited when approaching prospective employers.

There is hope. Research has identified that behaviours common among incarcerated individuals coupled with the experience of surviving the criminal justice system are aligned with the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. 

New to Elizabeth Fry Toronto is My Start-Up: Women’s Entrepreneurship Program in partnership with Rise Asset Development at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.  

Each year, 22 women will be accepted into this inspiring and distinguished program.

Do you think this is an opportunity for you?

Not sure? Don't know what is involved?

Don't worry, let's see together if this opportunity is for you.

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 “I admire how they reach out to women in the many detention centres and prisons throughout Canada. I have witnessed many that have worked with women, but this is the first time I have witnessed a team of staff who put their heart and soul into what they believe in”.

Former Resident