JobStart Connect

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.


COVID-19 Updates


List of Resources

Food Assistance Resources

Mobile Food Bank


Find a Food Bank near you!


Food Banks in the GTA region


Food Access Strategy


Emergency Food Access for Vulnerable Residents


Federal Government Supporting Emergency Food Access


Food Resources:

Food banks, Free/low-cost meals, Home delivered meals, Infant formula/baby food, Meals for seniors/people with disabilities.


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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.

Happy zooming!

Click here to watch the video


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Government Supports

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.

Read more here from CBC

Here is a quick fact sheet on CERB


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List of Resources

Miscellaneous Resources

Ontario Works Cheque Pick-up and Card Replacement Information_Apr 2020

Canada’s Career Professionals

Financial Post

Tax Filling Free Software

COVID-19 Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities


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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.


CCP Program Coordinator

Online Library

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.


Job Coach

Job Trends

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.



Free Webinars

YWCA April Webinars

Every Wednesday and Friday at 11:00 am, YMCA JUMP Etobicoke offers a free webinar. Topics include:

  • Latest Job Search Trends

  • Becoming Culturally Competent

  • COVID-19 Related Topics

  • Occupations in High Demand

Click here for the full list of webinars and how to register.


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List of Resources

Resources for Newcomers

Resources to Help Newcomers Settle in Ontario/ Toronto:


News and Updates for Newcomers in Ontario 

The Canadian Council for Refugees 
CCR has created a dedicated resource page on their website to help refugees during the COVID-19 emergency.

New Canadians TV - Virtual Live Chats During COVID-19 


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Youth Entrepreneur Training

Free Self-Employment Training for Young Entrepreneurs



​SET’s professional business coaches will do a thorough analysis of your startup plans and guide you through the creation of your self-employment action plans!


Our fully funded free services include coaching, mentoring, networking, business workshops, business pitch preparation, business shadowing.

For upcoming SET seminars, workshop schedules and to book a free advisory,  session please visit our online calendar


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List of Resources

Mental Health Supports

Big White Wall is a safe and anonymous peer support community that is accessible anytime, free of charge to all Ontario residents. It includes:

  • A supportive, anonymous community

  • Artistic tools to help visually represent how you’re feeling

  • Guided programmes on a range of topics such as ‘Manage Stress & Anxiety’, ‘Quit smoking’, ‘Manage Your Depression’, ‘Eat Healthy & Lose Weight’ and more

  • Lots of different tests to help determine how you’re feeling

  • A bank of useful resources and information about mental health and more


Bounce Back is for those experiencing low mood, depression, and anxiety; adults and youth 15+ learn skills to help manage worry and anxiety, combat unhelpful thinking, and become more active and assertive. Once a referral form has been submitted, clients are contacted within 5 business days to schedule a telephone assessment. Please note that coaching calls are available in: English, French, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Farsi, Hindi, Italian, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, Ukrainian, and Urdu. Please view this factsheet for more information.


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List of Resources

IRCC COVID-19 Factsheet

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has compiled a factsheet with dozens of links related to mental health, government supports, and COVID-19 information in a variety of different languages. 

Check it out here


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May 20, 2020

Join us on a free online workshop on June 12 @ 11 AM to gain hands-on practice in Self-Care techniques to calm your mind and revive your energy. Please register at or contact Sonam @

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May 19, 2020

Join @JobStart's Settlement Team for Chat, Connect, Recharge! May 20, 2020 from 11am to 12pm. Open to everyone! To register email #newcomers #refugees #settlementsupport #GTA

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May 14, 2020

Frauds and Scams are now more rampant than ever! Learn how to protect yourself from scammers by attending our free online workshop on Prevent Fraud and Scams on Monday June 1 @ 6 PM. Do not forget to register @ or contact Sonam at

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May 13, 2020

Can't leave your house, but want to take a break? The @Jobstart Settlement Team loves the app Listen & Drive Virtually drive around the major cities of the world! #relax #mentalhealth #SettlementTeam #newcomers #refugees #settlementsupport

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May 12, 2020

@Jobstart Settlement Counsellors will be hosting a live Chat, Connect, Recharge! May 13th  from 11am to 12pm. Session open to any newcomer, or refugee who self-identifies as a woman. Theme: Sharing Effective Calm Breathing Techniques. Register:

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May 06, 2020

Learn your worker's safety rights during Covid-19. Free webinar tomorrow, May 7 from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Guest speaker Genevieve D'lorio, Community Legal Worker from Workers' Health & Safety Legal Clinic will guest host.  To register:

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May 05, 2020

Join our webinar to meet and chat with Alfred Junco, CEO & Co-Founder at, a popular software app on Financial Literacy. During this webinar, you will learn more about:
- How to create your own financial solutions through digital financial literacy tools
- How to get your financial universe in one screen and manage multiple accounts and cards in one screen
- How to build a full understanding of your spending and learn how to take control of your personal finance Become the boss of your finances!!!
To register or for questions contact Lucy at
#FinancialLiteracy #DigitalFinancialLiteracy #DigitalTools #PersonalFinances​
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