Inclusive Local Economies

Opportunities Fund

Our relationship with Metcalf has contributed tremendously to our impact: it enables us to build our capacity, strengthen our strategies, and be connected to a network of organizations that are working on similar issues. They are a partner that is as invested in the wellbeing of our organization and participants as we are internally.

Executive Director, Building Up

Metcalf grantee Building Up shared how its social enterprise model provides work in the construction trades for people living in poverty and those emerging from the justice system.

Strategic, organizational and partnership support from Metcalf puts us on stronger footing to reach our goals of expanding workers’ rights education and advancing decent work in our communities.

Executive Director, Ontario Employment Education and Research Centre

Opportunities Fund Highlights

Better Way Alliance produces short videos to promote $15 per hour minimum wage
Metcalf Photo Essay: Cafe Opened by Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee
Talking Sector Strategies on The Agenda with Steve Paikin
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Recent Grants

Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$133,669
Term
24 months
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in partnership with Mothercraft College of Early Childhood Education, to develop and evaluate a career pathway model, supporting Early Childhood Assistants to become registered Early...
2019—2020
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$154,540
Term
24 months
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in partnership with the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, to build the capacity of migrant workers on college study permits to learn about their employment rights, learn about their...
2019—2020
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$58,650
Term
12 months
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to explore how their retail social enterprise can support the formation of a retail workforce development intermediary
2019
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$133,400
Term
24 months
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in partnership with the CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals, to develop and test effective alumni engagement strategies for their Career Program graduates, in order to better support...
2018—2019
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$80,000
Term
24 months
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to enable its network to explore investment strategies that are aligned to improving economic inclusion of low-income people. The project will develop investment toolkits for non-profit...
2018—2019
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$183,333
Term
24 months
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to support East Scarborough Storefront to build on previous work that identified access to training centres as a systemic barrier for local residents to access good jobs within the upcoming...
2018—2019
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$161,571
Term
24 months
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to support The Upstream Lab to examine working conditions, job security, and the health of precariously employed health sector workers in Toronto, and to engage precarious health sector...
2017—2019
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$119,749
Term
24 months
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in partnership with the Better Way Alliance, a network of decent work employers, to outreach to Toronto employers, develop educational materials for both employers and workers, and conduct...
2018—2019
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$589,000
Term
36 months
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to support ongoing efforts in advancing decent work conditions for people through research and policy development, public education and awareness specifically among the community-based...
2017—2019
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$28,751
Term
12 months
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to work in partnership with Ralph Thornton Centre, to develop an adult education model for peer workers employed in drop-in programs
2019
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$90,000
Term
24 months
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in partnership with the Toronto Community Benefits Network, to apply the learnings from the Eglinton Crosstown LRT Community Benefits process to advocate and negotiate for meaningfully...
2018—2019
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$174,050
Term
24 months
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to develop a neighbourhood-based local economic development strategy, for the Moss Park community, leveraging the proposed $100 million dollar redevelopment of the John Innes Community...
2017—2018
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$50,629
Term
12 months
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in partnership with Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee, to develop the operational model for the new shipping container café in the R. B. Burgess Park; second year of two-year commitment
2018
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$40,000
Term
12 months
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for the Parkdale People’s Economy Network, a network of over 30 community organizations collaborating to build decent work, shared wealth, and equitable development in Parkdale, to...
2018
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$150,736
Term
24 months
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in partnership with the Caregivers’ Action Centre, to advance and document its organizational model to enable worker leadership, research, resource development, and knowledge...
2017—2018
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$30,000
Term
12 months
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to develop a targeted recruitment plan and test new recruitment techniques to support the rapid scaling and expansion of their workforce development program
2018
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$125,000
Term
24 months
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to strengthen industry engagement for its logistics and forklift workforce development strategy
2017—2018
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$220,000
Term
24 months
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in partnership with Building Up, to improve apprenticeship completion rates by further testing three approaches that contribute to financial stability and employment continuity for its...
2017—2018
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$195,000
Term
24 months
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in partnership with the Hospitality Workers’ Training Centre to cultivate and grow a partnership with large contracted food service companies to create an employment pipeline for...
2017—2018
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$30,000
Term
12 months
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in partnership with Toronto ACORN, to build on previous work that established a city-wide working group of workers affected by Employment Insurance policy to engage in policy debate around...
2018
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$145,500
Term
24 months
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in partnership with DUKE Heights BIA to develop career pathway strategies for low-income job seekers and workers in food and furniture manufacturing
2017—2018
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$52,829
Term
12 months
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in partnership with Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee, to develop the operational model for the new shipping container café in the R. B. Burgess Park; first year of two-year commitment
2017
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$84,000
Term
24 months
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to create a mini-micro loans program in communities across Toronto that enables low-income people to access financing in order to improve their employability skills or pay for employment...
2016—2017
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$105,580
Term
24 months
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in partnership with the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, to enable migrant workers’ leadership and organizations to share best practices and stay informed about current public policy
2016—2017
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$30,000
Term
12 months
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to develop and disseminate information and tools for low-income informal economy workers; and to increase awareness of the risks and implications for workers, consumers, and employers...
2017
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$140,000
Term
24 months
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to develop and implement a local economies strategy that leverages the economic development opportunities that are occurring in the Jane Finch neighbourhood
2016—2017
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$51,000
Term
12 months
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to support East Scarborough Storefront to advance its current place-based workforce development strategy with the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus by identifying key levers...
2017
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$42,533
Term
12 months
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in partnership with La Passerelle – I.D.É., to research the labour market gaps and skills shortages for bilingual talent in the Toronto Region in order to expand their training program...
2016
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$47,250
Term
12 months
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in partnership with ACORN Canada, to engage its members who are affected by Employment Insurance policy and support members’ leadership development to engage in the policy debate around...
2016
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$75,000
Term
12 months
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in partnership with the Toronto Community Benefits Network, to builds its organizational capacity to champion, advocate and monitor Community Benefits on the Eglinton Crosstown and Finch...
2016
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$40,000
Term
12 months
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to conduct research on the sharing economy to explore the sector’s impact on the labour market and inequality
2016
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$60,000
Term
12 months
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to advance the next stage of its Workforce Strategy Initiative by replicating its employer engagement model in IT related careers in health care and insurance
2016
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$67,000
Term
12 months
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in partnership with the Flemingdon Hub Steering Committee, to design, develop, and implement the first stage of a local employment and economic development strategy, creating a...
2016
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$50,000
Term
24 months
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to conduct research examining the scope and frequency of police record checking practices and the impacts of this on employment in Toronto, recommend best practices and policies for both...
2015—2016
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$45,000
Term
12 months
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to work with key stakeholders on advancing a local jobs strategy for school cafeterias
2016
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$50,000
Term
12 months
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in partnership with Building Up, to strengthen the construction industry engagement in its curriculum design in order to improve trainees and apprentices outcomes
2016
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$59,832
Term
12 months
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to deepen knowledge within community health centres about the health and social impacts of precarious jobs, to strengthen institutional capacity to promote good jobs for client communities,...
2016
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$17,000
Term
12 months
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in partnership with the Migrant Worker’s Alliance For Change, to develop a digital media campaign to build a broader movement in support of migrant worker rights
2016
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$62,100
Term
12 months
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in partnership with the Caregivers’ Action Centre, to map the challenges caregivers experience under the new 2014 federal immigration rules, to identify policy recommendations for...
2016
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$220,000
Term
24 months
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to support ongoing efforts related to advancing decent work conditions for people including research and policy development, public education and awareness specifically, capacity building...
2015—2016
Initiative
Opportunities Fund
Amount
$105,810
Term
24 months
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in partnership with Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee, a grassroots group of women focusing on improving the social and economic opportunities for Thorncliffe Park women by harnessing...
2015—2016
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