Accepting Applications Now!

Start Date: Sept 7, 2021

Program Description

The Incubator program offers youth a combination of technical skills training, career planning, opportunities, and practical on-site job training experience in two sectors:

Participants will choose only one stream:

  1. Trade/Construction

  2. Hospitality

Program dates

8 Weeks from Tuesday, Sept 7 to Oct 29, 2021

COVID-19 social distancing measures will be followed in all in-class sessions.

Stream 1: Trade and Construction

  • 8 weeks - (6 hours per day, 5 days per week)

  • To be delivered by Labour Education Centre

  • Technical training and practicum in-class sessions will be at 25 Klondike Drive (Steeles Avenue West and Weston Rd.)

  • Online class instruction via Zoom

  • Job search support facilitated by Dixon Hall (2 weeks, 3 hours per working day)

  • Certification: WHIMS and Program Completion

Stream 2: Hospitality

  • 8 Weeks – total 110 hours (4 days per week)

  • To be delivered by Dixon Hall

  • Practical sessions will be at Dixon Hall Youth Centre, 51 Wyatt Street, (Dundas and River Street) Regent Park

  • Online training with George Brown College Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts

  • In-kitchen and online training with Dixon Hall Chef Instructor

  • Online job search support with Dixon Hall

  • Certifications: George Brown College and Dixon Hall Course Completion Certificate; Basic Food Safety

  • Optional: Smart Serve Certificate

Program Delivery

  • 8 weeks – Classes are daily: Monday to Thursday

  • Full program schedule will be provided to participants during the registration process

Program delivery and location

Weeks 1 and 8:

The program is delivered virtually on Zoom. This includes job search support, resume writing, interview techniques, social media, and others

Weeks 2 to 7:

Students are directed to their pre-selected stream: Hospitality or Trades/Construction

Program Eligibility

  • 18-29 years of age

  • Ontario Works (OW) client or OW dependent

Other eligibility requirements:

  • Referral by caseworkers

  • Completion of all the registration steps

  • Commitment to complete the course

  • Interest in obtaining a job or continuing with additional training in hospitality/trades

  • Clients with a criminal record are encouraged to apply


Dixon Hall

Dixon Hall will provide $750 to each Incubator Participant upon the completion of the program and post program support in both streams trade and hospitality.

Ontario Works

  • $275 – Clothing allowance: One time if the client has not received this funding within the last 52 weeks

  • $250 – Program support: Monthly for the duration of the program

  • $142 – Transportation: Monthly for the duration of the program and for 6 months after graduation

Employment and Training Support

  • At the beginning of the program, the students work with Dixon Hall staff members in order to transition towards employment and/or further education upon completion

  • Upon completion of the program clients will work one-on-one with a team member to assist with their employment or training goals


Complete an online assessment: REGISTRATION LINK


Denzil Joyette


phone: 416-889-5768

Dixon Hall Employment Services


Program Follow Up