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Sustain Existing ESEs

TEF supports the sustainability of existing employment social enterprises through clusters, advocacy, knowledge dissemination, and access to grants. 

Throughout 2019, TEF will announce the launch of new programs in each of these three areas. Sign up to our mailing list to stay apprised of new program announcements.


Food Cluster - In 2018, TEF is supporting employment social enterprises operating in the food industry through their participation in a 'Food Cluster'. Through being a member in the cluster, food-based employment social enterprises have access to meet-ups, mentors, cluster project grants, and an online network. Learn more about the Food Cluster

Other Clusters - In subsequent years, TEF will explore the launch of clusters to support employment social enterprises working in other industries, and with specific 'target population' groups (e.g. people with disabilities, newcomers, etc.). 

Operating Grants

TEF provides operating grants to a portfolio of employment social enterprises. Learn more about our portfolio. 

Annual Conference

TEF hosts an annual conference, bringing together members of the employment social enterprise community from Peel, Toronto and York Region. In 2019, the conference was hosted on Friday, March 29, 2019, and brought together 100 members of the ESE community for a day of capacity building, networking and fun. The agenda included workshops on Marketing for ESEs, Connecting Key Population Staff to Wraparound Supports, the Effective use of Technology and more. The event also included for ESEs to network with sector funders and 'anchor' institution purchasers. 

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