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Self-employment can be a practical alternative to traditional employment for many people. If you are entrepreneurial, like the idea of being your own boss, or think you have a possible service or product, self-employment may be an option for you through Employment ACTion. We can assist you to complete a business plan for your product or service including developing a strategy for operations, equipment, marketing, sales and other elements needed to run your business. We will also connect you to smallbusiness/entrepreneurship resources in the community and provide in-house opportunities for networking and skillbuilding. To qualify for self-employment you must have a practical business idea that you are committed to developing.

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Our History In 1999, the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) developed the first program in Canada dedicated to assisting people living with HIV to (re)enter the workforce. Employment ACTion advises people with HIV on how returning to work will affect their current benefits, assists them to develop realistic career goals, helps with access to funding for necessary re-training, supports people with job accommodations and helps people secure and maintain employment.

Employment ACTion serves men, women, youth and newcomers to Canada who are living with HIV.

Dedicated to providing employment options for people living with HIV

Self-Employment at Employment ACTion


Employment assistance to help you find and keep the job you want

provides: Career Planning Benefits Counselling and Assessment and Employment Assistance

Resume and Training Opportunities Interview Assistance and Employment Resources

Our resume and You don’t have to be interview clinics are receiving ODSP Income staffed by experienced Supports to be eligible for career specialists who assistance through ODSP can help: Employment Supports. You may be able to access •  create an effective additional services to help resume and cover letter that addresses gaps in you find and keep a job. employment; For example, if you are Our experienced now working and your •  address a lack of Employment current job is affecting work experience, or no Consultants can: your health (or you want to work and are concerned Canadian work history. •  discuss HIVabout receiving health related concerns; benefits), our Employment Consultants can provide •  review your work information to help you history; apply for benefits if you qualify. •  help you identify and A knowledgeable address barriers Employment Consultant to employment can advise you on how to: planning; •  maintain income •  help you set benefits if you work partrealistic career time; goals. •  maintain drug coverage if you come off of income supports; Are you looking for work? Wondering if it is the right time to (re)enter the workforce? Contact Employment ACTion to review your situation and access our services.

Employment ACTion offers: •  workshops on how to access the ‘hidden job market’ and using social media as part of your job search; •  on-site, basic computer training; •  advice on how to access tuition for training courses; •  advice on how to apply for assistance with transportation, clothing allowances and childcare expenses; •  arrange temporary unpaid work trials and mentorships with employers to build your skills, confidence and gain valuable references.

Job Search and Placement Assistance We are here to help you with your job search! We promote Employment ACTion to agencies and businesses that understand and support the needs of people living with disabilities. We work with employers to secure job leads and placements. Employment ACTion is also a member of JOIN - the Job Opportunity Information Network. In addition, our skilled Job Developers will help you to develop the skills and know-how to network with employers and open the door to job opportunities. Employment ACTion cares about your longterm career success. We will continue to work with you for up to three years after you secure employment to ensure that the transition to work is a positive experience and we can assist you with career advancement.

•  reapply for rapid reinstatement of benefits if necessary. “I would not be where I am today without the help of Employment ACTion; happy, optimistic and looking forward to the next challenge.” - EA client

For Employers

If you are an employer with career opportunities and would like to be a part of this exciting and progressive program, please contact Employment ACTion today: 416-623-1782 or solutions@employmentaction.org


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