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What We Do

TEF is a program of the United Way of Greater Toronto that supports employment social enterprises in Peel, Toronto and York Region. Employment social enterprises are businesses that create training and employment opportunities for people facing barriers to the labour market. TEF supports the start-up, sustainability, and scaling of employment social enterprises. 

TEF runs a number of programs, workshops, and grants to support employment social enterprise development. Sign up to our mailing list to stay apprised of new program announcements.  

Catalyzing New ESEs

TEF provides Workshops, Coaching, Accelerators and Grants to support the start-up of new employment social enterprises. Learn more about our Catalyzing supports (webinar, workshops, Accelerator program, and grants) here and our Catalyzing Grantees here . 

Sustaining Existing ESEs

TEF supports the sustainability of existing employment social enterprises through clusters, advocacy, and access to capital and mentorship.

Operating Grants

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

Scaling and Growing ESEs

TEF fosters the scaling of ESEs through access to capital (grants and loans), and through support for ESEs to engage in social procurement.


TEF conducts research and evaluation, and shares these learnings with the sector. 

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