Funders and Sponsors


Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD)

Through Employment Ontario, MLITSD funds ACCES to deliver employment services at six locations across the Greater Toronto Area (Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Brampton, Mississauga, and Newmarket). In Peel Region and York Region, we work under WCG services to deliver the new Integrated Employment Service.

MLITSD funds the Ontario Bridge Training Program, which supports skilled newcomers and refugees to secure employment in their fields of expertise.  ACCES offers numerous sector-specific bridge training programs funded by MLITSD, including Supply Chain Connections (Canadian Careers in Purchasing, Logistics and Operations); Cloud Computing; Community Healthcare Connections; IT Connections (Digital Economy Connections); Digital Marketing Strategies for Canadian Businesses; Electrical Engineering Connections; Financial Connections in a Digital World; Financial Services Connection en Francais; HR Strategies for the Canadian Workplace; Microsoft Skills for Employability; Project Management for Engineers; Leadership Connections in Finance IT and Consultancy.

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

IRCC funds ACCES to deliver a broad range of services that support newcomers to Canada with successful settlement and integration into the Canadian labour market. IRCC funded programs include Job Search Workshops (JSW); Canadian Employment Connections; Engineering Connections; Entrepreneurship Connections; Speed Mentoring; Healthcare Connections; Speed Mentoring en Francais; Connecting Canada; AI & the Settlement Sector; Connecting Afghan Refugees to Good Jobs; Connecting Ukrainians to Good Jobs; Women in Technology; Career Pathways for Newcomer Women.

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Toronto Employment & Social Services

The City of Toronto funds the START Customer Care Program, which supports newcomer women.

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United Way Greater Toronto

ACCES Employment is supported by UWGT through the Community Services Sector (CCS) funding stream to enhance the delivery of various programs at our organization.

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

ESDC supports ACCES through various funding streams to deliver programs that offer employment services and skills development; this includes the following programs: Construction Trades Program; IT Accelerator; Cybersecurity Connections

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Upskill Canada Powered by Palette Skills

Palette Skills is launching Upskill Canada to help our country make the most of our talent advantage while building a more inclusive economy in the process.

Upskill Canada is a national talent platform that helps fast-growing companies access the talent they need to compete and succeed globally while creating new career pathways for workers to rapidly transition into high-demand roles. Upskill Canada provides resources and sponsorship to our Careers in Advance Manufacturing program.


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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 a monthly event 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. ACCES has built a strong relationship with the East Toronto Newcomer Specialist Team and plans to expand its collaboration in the West in 2023.

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Financial Services in a Digital World

RBC continues to be 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. RBC joins monthly guest speaking and mentoring events to provide job search advice and mock interviews to clients.

Self-care and Wellness for Economic Prosperity

RBC is supporting an event series of wellness, self-management and confidence building webinars throughout 2023.  This project will focus on self-care and wellness for employment as a critical wrap-around support specifically for newcomers to Canada, women, BIPOC and youth clients.


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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 Guest Speaker Series

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Accounting Information and Event Series

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