Better Food Work (Sustainable Food Sector Training Program) is a sector-focused career development program equips participants who are moving closer to the labour market - including: women, older workers, and newcomers/new immigrants (with particular focus on Regent Park) with requisite employer-informed/in-demand technical and employability skills (as well as personal supports), in order to connect to employment/training opportunities in the Food and Beverage sector.

The program consortium — comprised of Dixon Hall, caterToronto, and CRC Fred Victor — brings together experts in employment services, sector-specific technical training, employer engagement connections and personal supports provision to provide a holistic employment and training program that equips participants with the skills necessary to pursue their career goals in the Food and Beverage Sector. The Program is a combination of technical skills training, career planning, opportunities and activities as well as practical experience to transition towards employment and/or further education upon completion.

Over the course of 8 weeks, participants will take part in a range of experiential learning opportunities to prepare the participants to enter and advance in Food and Beverage careers. All participants are provided with customized, one-on-one supports each step of the way – from enrollment to graduation and beyond.

The Program is designed with the participant in mind, and is highly responsive to individual participant needs/interests, with activity modules that are a blend of in-class, on-site, work-based, and one-on-one learning activities. Employer needs have informed the curriculum design, and employers are actively engaged in program delivery (through provision of Work Experiences) as well as in facilitating connections to Industry work opportunities.

Program start date: September 6, 2022


  • 18-64 years of age

  • Ontario Works client

  • Successful completion of a personal questionnaire, literacy and math assessment, interview

  • Eligible to work in Canada

  • Commitment to completing the program and working with Dixon Hall to be connected to employment


  • Program participants will obtain the following certifications: WHMIS, First Aid, CPR & AED Certifications

  • Extra monthly OW financial support: $250/month for training-related expenses plus $142/month for transportation

Better Food Work - 2022

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