JobStart is excited to introduce the new Manulife Empowering Women to Employment Program, an integrated, 2-week employment preparation program. Designed for newcomer refugee and immigrant women who are skilled but remain unemployed, participants will learn to put their goals into action, target their resume and job search to the job they want, learn about Canadian workplace culture, manage job search stress, and connect and network with employers!



  • Currently unemployed or under-employed, and not attending school

  • Able to commit to completing the full duration of the 2-week program

  • Identify as a woman, born outside of Canada (PR, Citizen, Refugee Claimant, Migrant worker – all are welcome!)

You can read more about the program in an article published by the Etobicoke Guardian on June 6th, 2019.


New Cohort Starting: January 6th, 2020


To schedule an assessment meeting, please call Justine Sterling, Program and Service Coordinator at (416) 231-2295 ext. 6246 or email:

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