Frequently Asked Questions
What is JVS Toronto?
JVS Toronto is a non-profit non-sectarian organization that partners with the government and business sectors to help people succeed at school, work and life.
JVS Toronto is the business name we operate by. Our registered name is “Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Toronto”. We have chosen to brand ourselves as JVS Toronto to eliminate the potential misperception that we only serve the Jewish community.
Our services are currently accessible to the community at large. Since our inception, we have helped more than 400,000 people fulfill their potential
What does JVS Toronto do?
We are a community-based agency that helps individuals to identify their educational and vocational goals, and develop the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve those goals.
We offer a full range of employment, training and assessment services in locations throughout the GTA. We are a proud member agency of IAJVS, United Way of Greater Toronto & York Region and UJA Federation of Toronto.
Do you have to be Jewish to receive services from JVS Toronto?
JVS Toronto was founded in 1947 by the Jewish community in response to the employment needs of survivors of the Second World War. While continuing to serve the Jewish community, JVS Toronto has evolved into a broad-based community organization that helps people from all walks of life to overcome employment and educational barriers.
We work with new Canadians, school children, youth and at-risk youth, single parents, women in transition and people with physical, mental health and developmental disabilities of all races, faiths and nationalities.
How are JVS Toronto’s programs and services funded?
JVS Toronto is generously funded by three levels of government as well as United Way of Greater Toronto, UJA Federation of Toronto, foundations, corporate sponsorships, insurance companies, individual donations and fees-for-service.
Government of Canada
Human Resources Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
Government of Ontario
Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS)
Ontario Trillium Foundation
City of Toronto
Toronto Social Services
Learn more about our donors and funders.
Does it cost money to use JVS Toronto?
Thanks to the generous support of our funders, most programs are available to clients at no direct cost. Others are offered for a fee on a sliding scale to ensure affordability.
We are committed to a philosophy of being accessible to all.
I’m looking for a job. How can you help me?
JVS offers a wide array of career and employment services which aim to find individuals meaningful employment.
Programs are designed to cater to the specific needs of our clients, who include newcomers; women; youth; persons on Social Assistance, Employment Insurance or Reachback; persons with disabilities; and members of the community at large. From career counselling and job search assistance to resume workshops and skills assessments, JVS Toronto programming provides the guidance and skills needed to improve your job search.
I’m an employer, looking to hire. How can you help me?
If you are an employer looking to hire, JVS Toronto can be your search specialist. Put our 60+ years of experience to work for you in matching the right candidate to the right job.
Using our database, along with sharing your recruitment needs with agencies across the GTA, we provide you with a large pool of qualified candidates from whom to choose. Our workforce specialists pre-screen candidates to carefully match their experience, skills, and personal ambitions to your business requirements.
Learn more about our free recruitment services.
How can I volunteer at JVS?
Volunteer services provide opportunities for individuals to enrich the lives of JVS Toronto clients and make invaluable contributions to agency programs while learning new skills, making new connections and experiencing personal fulfillment.
Annually, over 800 volunteers and students donate more than 41, 000 hours to help JVS meet the needs of clients, the agency and the community.
Learn more about our volunteer opportunities.
Can you help my child who has a developmental disability?
JVS Toronto offers an assortment of useful programs geared toward assisting children and adults with developmental disabilities to develop the skills and training necessary to find gainful employment.
Some of these include:
- The Al Green Resource Centre: specializes in creating employment, training and volunteer opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities to assist them to develop work, life and social skills.
- Project GOLD: assists individuals to better understand their learning disabilities/challenges in order to overcome barriers to finding and maintaining meaningful employment.
- ASD Job Readiness: focuses on skills development and confidence building for persons with autism through a on-the-job training experience that leads to employment in the financial sector.
Learn more about our Disability Services.
We also offer psychoeducational assessment services that diagnose learning disabilities in adults and children.
I’m a new immigrant. Do you have any programs that can help me?
New immigrants can turn to JVS Toronto for help gaining employment in the Canadian workplace, as we offer excellent programs catering to the needs of this group.
Some programs include:
- Canadian Workplace Communication: offers opportunities for internationally trained individuals with educational backgrounds in banking/finance, engineering or IT to improve their English language and workplace communication skills, thereby helping them to participate and reach their full potential in the Canadian workplace.
- Mentoring Services: match internationally trained professionals and trades people who are new to Canada with professionals in their field of expertise, who provide valuable information, advice and support for new Canadians.
- Newcomer Employment Services: provide internationally trained professionals with the necessary tools to integrate into the Canadian job market and reach realistic employment goals leading to self-sufficiency.
Learn more about our Newcomer employment services.
Do you have any programs that are specific to Jewish clients?
JVS Toronto offers several key programs to serve the needs of Toronto’s Jewish community.
- EMETemployment: this confidential service helps unemployed and underemployed Jewish individuals attain employment.
- Services for Jewish Day Schools: help students, their parents, teachers, and Jewish Day School administrators to better understand and address the learning needs of students, and supports efforts to maintain children in the Jewish Day School system where deemed appropriate.
Learn more about EMETemployment.
Are any of your programs geared to people on O.D.S.P. or welfare?
Persons on O.D.S.P. or welfare can turn to JVS Toronto for support in career counselling, skill-building and job search.
Some helpful programs specifically for this group include:
- Ontario Works Employment Placement (OWEP): supports social assistance recipients to find long-term sustainable employment.
- Re-Employment Program (REP): identifies and supports the needs of unemployed Reachback clients including those on social assistance as they re-enter the workforce.
Do you have any programs aimed at youth?
Several JVS programs are geared toward serving Toronto’s youth, assisting them to acquire and hone useful skills that will assist them in finding gainful employment.
Some programs include:
- Toronto Youth Job Corps (TYJC): helps youth address employment barriers, increase self-esteem and ultimately enhance their employment potential.
- YouthReach: serves youth who have experienced conflict with the law and are in need of one-on-one employment counselling or referrals to appropriate community resources.
Learn more about our Youth employment services.
What is JVS Toronto’s Business Number (BN) assigned by the Canada Revenue Agency?
JVS Toronto’s Business Number (BN) is 107535015 RR 0001.