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TEF funds employment social enterprises that connect people facing employment barriers with job training and work opportunities. Since its inception in 2000, TEF has funded over 60 social enterprises, which have collectively employed and/or trained more than 4,000 people.We currently provide sustaining grants to a portfolio of sixteen enterprises.

blackboard   Blackboard Marketing is a full-service creative marketing agency providing hands-on career training and experience to youth from disadvantaged, marginalized and underserved communities. Blackboard is run by The Remix Project.
BuildingUp   Building Up is a construction social enterprise that provides training and employment in the trades to those who need it most. Building Up offers high quality general contracting, general labour and energy retrofits carried out by experienced tradespeople collaborating with trainees previously facing barriers to employment.
CarefirstSeniors   Carefirst Cleaning Services is a residential and small office cleaning company that employs lone parents and newcomers to Canada. The enterprise is run by Carefirst Seniors & Community Services Association.
College Logo   The College Street Cafe is operated from CAMH's College and Russell Street sites. The Cafe provides hot and cold breakfast and lunch items, beverages and snacks, and employs people living with mental illness. The Cafe is run by Working for Change. 
phoenix print shop   Eva's Phoenix Print Shop is a commercial print shop that provides training and transitional employment to youth who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Phoenix is run by Eva’s Initiatives.
freegeek   Free Geek Toronto is a computer recycling and refurbishment business offering training and employment to people living with mental illness.
friends   Friends Catering Company offers a full range of catering services to organizations and corporations, and employs people who are marginalized. Friends is run by the Fred Victor Centre.
hawthorne   Hawthorne Food & Drink is a full-service restaurant providing on-the-job training in the hospitality sector to people facing barriers to employment.
interpreter services   Interpreter Services Toronto offers interpretation and translation services for interviews, investigations, medical appointments, court cases, labour arbitrations, conferences and more.. Services are provided by professionally trained women who are immigrants or refugees. The enterprise is run by the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic.
otbse logo   Out of the Box is a construction social enterprise providing training and employment for youth who are racialized. OTB training includes trade skills (tiling, carpentry, and general maitenance), personal development, and connections to further economic opportunities. 
otw   Out of This World Café operates three business units: a café, a mobile coffee cart, and a catering business, providing permanent employment to people living with mental illness. The Café is run by Working for Change.
pgte   Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises is a horticultural maintenance business offering permanent employment to people living with mental illness. It is also run by Working for Change.
 rainscape   RAINscapeTO offers eco-landscaping services with a focus on the installation of rain gardens to capture and reuse rainwater. A program of Toronto Green Community, it trains and creates employment opportunities for individuals facing barriers, particularly indigenous people.
Switchback   Switchback Cyclery is a service-focused bike store staffed by people who are street-involved. The shop caters primarily to informed and serious commuter cyclists. It is run by Sanctuary Ministries.
the silver brush   The Silver Brush is a residential commercial painting and property maintenance business employing people living with a mental illness. It is run by Parkdale Activity Resource Centre.
ncct   Youth Cedar Basket sells a wide selection of First Nations, Métis and Inuit handcrafted jewelry, carvings, basketry, beadwork, moccasins, and original art from a container at Spadina & Bloor. The enterprise trains and employs Indigenous youth, and is operated by the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. 

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