Senior Mentorship and Connection Program


The Senior Mentorship and Connection Program (SMC) will increase and strengthen community connections for seniors (55 years of age and older), while enhancing their important role in society through volunteerism and community involvement. Seniors will participate in various workshops, events and activities focused on increasing their employability, or enhancing life skills to support life after employment. Examples of workshops include computer training, financial planning, socializing/networking, etc. This program will also focus on ensuring seniors are aware of their integral role in society through contributing to the community either as mentors for youth seeking employment, or advisory committee members supporting other seniors.


This program has two main components: Seniors giving assistance, e.g. mentorship of youth clients; and seniors requiring assistance, e.g. programs and activities run by a joint advisory committee of staff and local seniors – aimed to increase employability or improve life without employment. Activities/workshops/events will include topics such as computer training, financial planning and socializing/networking events.

Program Eligibility:


  1. Senior Mentors – seniors 55 years of age and older with employment experience; must provide a brief rationale for why they want to serve as a mentor to young people. Minimum commitment of connecting with your mentee at least 2 hours per month (in-person or by phone).

  2. Advisory Committee Members – seniors (and select JobStart staff) 55 years of age and older with employment experience wanting to contribute to society in a meaningful way; must provide a brief rationale for their interest in serving on this joint advisory committee

  3. Workshop Participants – unemployed seniors 55 years of age and older


Click here to access the program flyer


For more information on this program, or to register, please contact (416) 253-2716.

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Employment Networking Group for Older Adults


The Employment Networking Group for Seniors is a 6-week program focusing on employment workshops and networking opportunities that will increase the economic stability of seniors. Participants will also develop practical networking, communication, volunteer and meeting management skills in interactive and engaging ways alongside their peers. In addition to the 6-week program cycle, seniors will also receive coaching following the program. Workshop topics include:


  • Net Giving – Say Hello to the Networking Alternative

  • Beating the System OR One Size Does Not Fit All

  • Finding Your Job Niche

  • Considering all of Your Options


This program will be delivered through 2 full days of employment workshops, followed by 4 half days of employment networking activities, all delivered by the Ontario Society of Senior Citizens’ Organizations (OSSCO). Each cycle will also be followed by one-on-one coaching sessions delivered by OSSCO.


Program Eligibility: Unemployed seniors aged 50-70 years old


Click here to access the program flyer


For more information on this program, or to register, please contact (416) 253-2716.

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December 24, 2019

JobStart is thrilled to announce the seventh cohort of our employment program for older adults, starting on January 15! This weekly six-day workshop/networking series will focus on a wide variety of job-related topics: understanding the job-application process, starting a new career, dealing with potential interview challenges, and much more! If you are 50-70 years old and unemployed, contact us to register for this exciting and worthwhile job-readiness program catered specifically to older adults: Artan Mustafa – | 416-231-2295 x5727.

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December 07, 2019

A huge thank you to the United Way Greater Toronto Day of Caring and the staff from BMO - Bank of Montreal who volunteered their time and expertise at our Mock Interview event on November 27th, 2019. What a memborable day for both our JobStart clients and the staff from Bank of Montreal. 
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