Special Projects

Special Projects is the vehicle through which Labour Community Services acts as a “bridge” between the labour movement (in York Region and Toronto) and the wider community. As part of the bridging process, Special Projects coordinates with labour alliances/coalitions and community groups to address and seek solutions to current and emerging social issues. This collaborative work includes liaising with organizations and projects like Toronto Community Benefits Network and  Labour Education Centre’s TradeLinx program supporting the receipt of some of their charitable funds.

Working with groups such as Good Jobs For All Coalition, Social Planning of York Region, Lawrence Heights Inter-Organizational Network (LHION), Toronto Not-for-profit network, Social Planning Toronto, East Scarborough Storefront, West Scarborough Community Legal Servicesand others, efforts are made toward creating a just and equitable society for all. Special Projects also provides support to the Equity Committee of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council. It is a portfolio through which campaigns are developed and or implemented, such as the Refugee Next Door and Yes, It Matters! Addressing Systemic Racism.

Diverse Workers Network

Diversity Is Our Strength – The City of Toronto is composed of a diverse population, with almost 50% of the residents belonging to racialized groups. Labour Community Services works with the Filipino, Somali, Chinese, Tamil, and Ethiopian/Eritrean networks to advance social justice and employment goals that impact workers from the Filipino, Somali, Chinese, Tamil, and Ethiopian/Eritrean workers networks.

Their current mission is to achieve significant reforms to current labour legislation in Ontario – neither the Employment Standards Act nor the Labour Relations Act has been updated in many decades. In 2015, members of the networks gave deputations to the special advisors on the Changing Workplaces Review panel, hosted a mix of social and educational events, and increased their involvement with civic engagement in the city.

Equity and Inclusion

Toronto Community Benefit Network

The Toronto Community Benefits Network has built a strong community-labour partnership with a support base of workforce development agencies, learning institutions, and funders. Collectively we are creating an impact on how development works in the city, starting with Toronto’s Light Rail Transit Projects.

Labour Education Centre

Labour Education Centre

Labour Education Centre provides employment services, access to job postings and literacy and basic skills training. Our experienced staff offer a range of services aimed to help you get back into the workforce. We lead Labour Education Centre’s Literacy and Basic Skills classes and also conduct classes in workplaces, in community centres upon request.

Toronto and York Region Labour Council

Toronto and York Region Labour Council

The Toronto and York Region Labour Council is a central labour body that combines the strength of hundreds of local unions representing 205,000 working men and women and their families. Its mandate is to organize and advocate on issues that are vital to working people throughout the region.

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