Welcome to JobStart Connect!
This is your resource hub for connecting with JobStart online. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our physical locations are closed, However, you can still access our programs and services online or by phone. Please utilize the resources below and call us so we can determine how best to support you during these uncertain times.
Government Information and Supports
Government of Canada (Federal)
Includes Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) information: Federal Government – General Information on COVID-19 Response
Employment Insurance: Employment Related Resources
Federal Income Tax: Tax measures announced by the government (Department of Finance Canada)
How the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is affecting immigration, refugees, citizenship and passport services: visitors, foreign workers and students
How to apply for EI and other COVID-19 emergency government income supports
Canadian COVID-19 Benefits Information Sheet
Summary of Financial Benefits Available Under Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan (Multi-Language)
Government of Ontario (Provincial)
Provincial Government – General Information on COVID-19 Response
Provincial Support for Families
City of Toronto (Municipal)
Municipal Government – General Information on COVID-19 Response
Emergency Food Access for Vulnerable Residents
Map of Food Banks in the City of Toronto
Toronto Employment and Social Services: April Ontario Works Cheque Pick Up Information
Categories of Resources
Updates and Facts on CERB
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Update: Many Canadian residents were left out under the initial CERB eligibility rules, which said that in order to qualify for CERB,
an individual must have lost all income for 14 consecutive days in the first month, followed by zero income for subsequent months.
these initial rules created gaps that did not address many students whose summer job plans fell through, and people who are working reduced but regular hours.
CERB will be expanded to include workers impacted by COVID-19 such as students and people working reduced hours.
Changes are also promised so that essential workers, such as those working in long-term care facilities, aren't financially disadvantaged by working instead of collecting CERB.
Here is a quick fact sheet on CERB
Manager, Programs & Services
Zoom Introduction Video for JobStart Clients
New to using Zoom? This video is specifically designed to introduce JobStart clients to Zoom so that you can actively participate in our virtual workshops.
Manager, Monitoring & Evaluation
JobStart's Virtual Workshops
JobStart is offering many virtual workshops to help you safely during the pandemic. Check out our calendar to see what workshops are offered when, and then sign-up and register for workshops through our Eventbrite.
Senior Manager, Programs and Services
Virtual Event Series
Online Support for New Canadians
'New Canadians' are organizing a special virtual event series - which they are calling Café New Canadians - to give expert tips, information & resources. They have got lots to share – from boosting productivity when working from home to up-skilling for that dream job, acing video interviews to virtual networking 101 & exploring Canada as a newcomer while staying indoors. The free & casual virtual events are also an opportunity to ask any questions newcomers might have regarding career, settlement, or other areas.
They have planned virtual chats every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturdays. In addition to Zoom, the sessions will be live streamed to YouTube.
Manager Program & Services
National Emergency Library
Announcing the National Emergency Library, a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.
Who is Canada Hiring Right Now?
Some industries — from shipping to online learning — are hiring to meet coronavirus-related demand. This LinkedIn article provides some insights into which industries and companies are hiring Canadians right now.