Toronto Enterprise Fund
Investing in people and smart businesses
United Way Toronto is committed to helping people reach their full potential. That’s why one of the key aspects of our work is to support people in building the foundation they need to move from a life of poverty to one full of possibility. Employment is crucial to building that foundation and breaking the cycle of poverty. But there are people in our city who face significant barriers to finding employment—including newcomers, youth, people who are homeless or those living with mental illness.
The Toronto Enterprise Fund (TEF) is an innovative partnership between United Way and the three levels of government that funds social enterprises that connect people facing employment barriers with job training and work opportunities. Since its inception in 2000, TEF has funded 45 social enterprises, which collectively employed and/or trained more than 2,300 people.
Delightfully Yours Catering
Delightfully Yours Catering employs newcomers to Canada, many of whom face language and employment barriers upon arriving in the country. While cooking their own recipes, the newcomer chefs not only earn income, but they also learn basic financial literacy—like how to more effectively manage their budget.
Out of This World Café
Cathy Reddon, an employee at Out of This World Café, has struggled with depression throughout her life, which made employment difficult. But with her job at the café, Cathy now works in a stable, supportive environment to earn income while improving her mental health.
Interpreter Services Toronto
Interpreter Services Toronto freelances contract work to newcomer and refugee women who have experienced domestic violence. The enterprise offers them the opportunity to gain Canadian experience while building their confidence.