Funders and Sponsors


Employment Ontario

Employment Ontario, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

Through support from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, ACCES offers Employment Ontario job search services at five locations across the Greater Toronto Area (Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Brampton, Mississauga).

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada currently funds the following programs: Engineering Connections, Entrepreneurship Connections, Language for Workplace Connections, Speed Mentoring, Job Search Workshops, Canadian Employment Connections, Employment Connections for Newcomer Youth, Alternative Careers for Internationally Educated Healthcare Professionals, and the Construction Trades Program.

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Toronto Employment & Social Services

The City of Toronto currently funds the START program in Customer Care for newcomer women.

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United Way Greater Toronto

ACCES Employment is a proud member agency of United Way Toronto and York Region.

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Government of Ontario and Canada

The Government of Ontario and Canada funds ACCES Employment’s Bridging programs.

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities currently funds Engineering Connections, Financial Services Connections, Human Resources Connections, Information Technology Connections, Leadership Connections, Sales and Marketing Connections, Supply Chain Connections, Electrical Engineers Connections, Business Connections en Francais and Speed Mentoring en Francais.


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IT Connections & Virtual Employment Attendant

Accenture has been the proud sponsor of the IT Connections program since 2013. Their support for this program extends well beyond just sponsorship. Throughout the year, in every single IT Connections cohort, Accenture brings their staff in as guest speakers, volunteers that help newcomers with mock interviews and mentors for the program participants. In 2019, ACCES Employment was the recipient of a global grant from Accenture in the amount of $1.1M. With the grant, ACCES has developed and launched VERA (Virtual Employment and Resource Attendant), an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered bot to improve services for job seekers, many of whom are newcomers to Canada.

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Women in Technology, Empowering Women, and Cybersecurity Connections

As part of the TD Ready Commitment initiative, TD continues to partner with ACCES Employment to empower newcomers in Canada and deliver employment services in key areas. TD provides funding to three unique programs at ACCES: Women in Technology, Empowering Women, and Cybersecurity Connections. This commitment also includes volunteer support from TD in areas like coaching and mentorship.

TD and ACCES have already made a significant difference in the lives of many newcomers in a variety of innovative and targeted ways. Working together, the ACCES-TD partnership will continue to address such issues as improving income stability for newcomers through future-skills development, much-needed STEM training for underrepresented groups, reducing and removing the barriers facing women jobseekers and helping to curb unemployment and underemployment among internationally trained and skilled workers new to Canada. In 2020, TD will also be offering a two-day compliance training session for ACCES refugee and newcomer clients who have an interest in pursuing a career in banking, audit, compliance, legal, anti-fraud or anti-money laundering.

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Online Learning Series and Site Co-Location

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is the exclusive sponsor of the ACCES Online Learning Series focusing on Financial Literacy – FINLIT, which includes any business offering products or services in retail or business banking, investment banking, brokerage services, mortgage lending services, wealth management, insurance or other financial services. RBC is also a proud sponsor of ACCES’s Financial Services Connections in a Digital World that provides internationally trained financial services professionals with practical job search information and connections to employers in the financial sector.

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Customer Experience and Training for Refugees

ACCES Employment is proud to partner with IKEA Canada on their Global Refugee Skills for Employment Initiative, by rolling out an IKEA Canada Customer Experience Training program. This 5-day course provides an opportunity to learn and develop customer experience skills with IKEA. With an English-as-a-Second-Language component, this course is designed specifically for refugees who are interested in work placements and mentorship opportunities as well as learning about customer experience strategies.
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Entrepreneurship Connections® program

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) were part of the inception of the ACCES Employment Entrepreneurship Connections program in 2013. They engage BDC subject matter experts to deliver workshops and volunteer in program-related activities. BDC also mentors clients in their business start-ups.
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Speed Mentoring® (Peel Region) and My Plan

Toronto Pearson’s community investment program, Propeller Project, is proud to partner with ACCES Employment to help expand the Speed Mentoring® program in Peel region to connect more skilled new Canadians and young adults to local employers.

The Speed Mentoring® program at ACCES allows job seekers to gain the vital direction and competitive advantage offered through mentorship by established professionals in their sector that will positively impact their job search and career in the Canadian workplace for years to come.

Toronto Pearson also partners with ACCES to deliver the MyPlan program which supports underemployed individuals from across the Toronto Pearson employment community with their career development. MyPlan training supports the development and application of skills needed to thrive in modern workplaces, and participants build a career development plan that guides them as they work with ACCES Employment to secure employment that is commensurate with their skills and experience.

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Empowering Women Program

Partnering their support with TD Bank, KPMG supports several cohorts of the Empowering Women program at ACCES. The program helps newcomer women to secure leadership roles in a variety of sectors. Their support includes volunteering and mentoring support with the program and they have hired graduates of the program.
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START Customer Care Program

In 2020, CIBC Mellon provided their support to the START Customer Care program that helps newcomer women on Ontario Works to secure employment, placements or training in customer care. The team at CIBC will also lend their support by delivering panel events, webinars, providing mentoring and other volunteer activities.

HSBC Bank: Providing Resources and Supports

Employability and Financial Capability are two key pillars of HSBC Canada’s social responsibility commitment. Now, they are proud partners with ACCES providing support, mentorship and best practices to programs for Youth, BIPOC Women, and Entrepreneurs. In addition, they provide valuable resources and are sponsors of ACCES’s Entrepreneurship Business Hub.


ACCES and IBM are working together to support jobseekers through Skillsbuild. SkillsBuild is IBM’s learning platform with courses in a number of learning areas including technology, communication skills, sales and marketing, human resources and job search.  The platform also includes an assessment tool. Through a one-year sponsorship, IBM has supported the Cybersecurity Connections and Women in Technology programs by developing customized curriculum streams on IBM SkillsBuild.

ACCES Guest Speaker Series

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Accounting Information and Event Series

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