Toronto Sector Skills Academy 2018 Information Session & Webinar

These sessions are now closed. Click here to view a recording of the January webinar.  In this 60 minute video, Inclusive Local Economies Program Director Adriana Beemans describes the Toronto Sector Skills Academy program in detail, explaining the benefits for both participants and employers. For further information on the program, please visit the TSSA Program Page or email

The deadline to apply is February 16, 2018. 


In Person Session
Friday, December 1, 2017
10:00 – 11:30 am
United Way Toronto & York Region
26 Wellington Street East, Toronto

Online Webinar
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
2:00 – 3:15 pm

For low-income people who are seeking to enter or to advance in today’s labour market, the challenges are profound. Effective, coordinated, and responsive strategies are critical to enabling better opportunities for Ontario’s low-income, precarious, and unemployed workers.

Sector-focused workforce development is a promising practice that seeks to improve opportunities for low-income workers while also working to build a stronger economy. Sector strategies focus on two outcomes. One is helping workers move into better jobs by removing barriers and skills gaps, or building ladders. The second is improving the quality of low-wage jobs, or raising the floor.

To address the growing interest and need for sector-focused workforce development, the Metcalf Foundation established the Toronto Sector Skills Academy in 2016 to foster leadership and invest in local talent that understands and can apply sector strategies to the local economy. This leadership program is the first of its kind in Canada, and is offered by Metcalf in partnership with The Aspen Institute.

During these sessions, Inclusive Local Economies Program Director Adriana Beemans will provide an overview of the 10-month program and answer questions in advance of its February 16, 2018 application deadline. Attendance is strongly encouraged for those considering applying to the program. However, it is not a prerequisite for submitting an application.

Please register as space is limited.
For December 1, 2017, please register here.
For the January 16, 2018 webinar, please register here.

For detailed information about the Toronto Sector Skills Academy.

If you have questions in advance of the information session or if you would like to arrange for one-on-one support in preparing your application, please contact

Webinar Recording

Click here to view a recording of the webinar.