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Employment Connections Program

July 29, 2019 – Staff, clients and community partners participated in the Oakville Community Foundation’s 25 Community Conversations.

Our Employment Connections Programs (ECP) services both North and South Halton.   We have offices in Georgetown, Milton and Oakville and can meet in the community in all other areas.

ECP is a community based program aimed at providing individuals facing mental health and/or addiction issues with a range of services to address their employment goals. We are the only Halton based organization whose primary purpose is to serve the employment needs of this population. For the past 30 plus years we have provided training and support to our clients with the intent of improving their employability and work readiness.

STRIDE is an Ontario Disability Support Program – Employment Supports Service Provider for the Halton and Peel Regions. This means that individuals who are referred by the Ontario Disability Support Program – Employment Supports Program to the STRIDE Employment Program receive up to three years of service as they prepare for, obtain and retain paid employment.

STRIDE has a formal agreement with College Boreal to work cooperatively to deliver French language services to French speaking clients.

Clients are offered a wide range of specialized services.  Working collaboratively with our Pre-Employment Services, STRIDE’s Employment Connections Program offers a variety of job readiness services to individuals.  Services are based on client need; individuals can explore a variety of career options, or return to a field in which they have had previous experience.

Program Eligibility:

STRIDE’s mandate is to serve clients who:

  • Have a mental health and/or addiction issue
  • Are in need of assistance to overcome employment barriers to gain and maintain meaningful employment
  • Are 16 years of age or more
  • Are a permanent resident of Ontario
  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada

Clients need to demonstrate:

  • They have the ability to set and work towards achievement of employment preparation activities and employment goals
  • A desire to find employment in the community
  • A willingness to be involved in the STRIDE Employment Services

Referral Process:

Individuals can connect with the Employment Connection Program in a number of ways:

Services Provided:

  • Employment Planning
  • Job Development Planning
  • Assessments
  • Preparation for competitive employment
  • Skills Training
  • Workplace Assessments
  • Travel Training
  • Community Supports Coordination
  • Job Placement
  • Job Monitoring
  • Job Coaching
  • Job Retention Support

Over the years STRIDE has successfully supported clients to pursue many different types of job placements in competitive employment (e.g. retail trade, food services, office/clerical, cleaning, landscape, transportation, warehousing, education, health care, volunteer and general labour).

STRIDE’s Employment Connections Program has assisted many individuals in finding and sustaining meaningful employment opportunities, and as a result, experiencing the many significant benefits that stem from the world of work. Employment promotes recovery for the clients by enhancing their roles, increasing self-esteem, sense of purpose, self-empowerment, and fulfillment in life.

If you have any questions or would like to meet to further discuss the many services we offer, please do not hesitate to contact us.