Programs & Services

Immigrant Women's Life Skills Workshops

COSTI's Immigrant Women’s Life Skills Workshops program provides life skills training to immigrant women from a variety of communities who face barriers to active participation in Canadian society and labour market. Through a series of up to seven workshops, participants develop the skills and confidence to better enable them to take advantage of other community services, and to achieve their individual goals.

Services Available

Workshop topics include:

  • Managing the Stress of Integration – methods to identify and recognize stress; assess levels of stress; develop strategies to cope with and reduce stress.
  • Communicating Assertively – learn what assertiveness is, and is not, and explore ways to communicate effectively while maintaining healthy relationships, particularly when resolving conflicts.
  • Personality Profile – using the Personality Dimensions model, clients will improve awareness and confidence in their own personality while appreciating the diversity of characteristics found in others.
  • Canadian Culture in the Workplace – acknowledges that working in a new and unknown country can be scary. This workshop covers the major do’s and dont's of Canadian workplace culture.
  • Parenting in Canada – commonly accepted practices within Canadian society on issues such as: childcare, health care, education, discipline. Find out your parenting rights and responsbilities.
  • Self-Esteem and Confidence Building for Newcomers – look at what causes positive and negative self-esteem and learn how to maintain a positive self-image while dealing with everday challenges.
  • Understanding Everday Canadian Culture – discuss differences in cultural practices and learn how to cope with everyday challenges through quizzes, tips, and role-play exercises.
  • Financial Literacy for Women - is your money working for you or are your debts spiralling out of control? What are the warning signs of financial troubles? Should you have a credit card?

Understanding money and gaining financial security will help you to feel more confident about yourself and your future.

Staff at this location speak Amharic, Arabic, Cantonese, English, Farsi, French, Italian, Kurdish, Mandarin, Serbo-Croatian, Somali, Spanish, and Turkish.

Who is Eligible

Services are available to immigrant women who are Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, convention refugees or refugee claimants approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Times

Two sets of four half-day workshops are delivered each month. Please call for an appointment.

Contact Details for:

Immigrant Women's Life Skills Workshops
Phone: 416.534.7400 ext. 226
Fax: 416.534.8425
Email: eas@costi.org

This service is free of charge.

COSTI Immigrant Women's Lifeskills Workshps program is funded by the CIty of Toronto and the United Way of Greater Toronto.

Related Resources

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Reading and Video Resources

COSTI has a large library of reading and resource materials, to help students improve and practice their English. Videos and on-line resources are also available to assist with job search. Check back soon for a full listing.

Programs & Services Available at COSTI for Women

Newcomers have many barriers to achieving full participation in society. Immigrant women have even more barriers because of their role within their families and their cultures.

COSTI offers a number of progams and services to help immigrant women deal with the many unique and specific challenges they face. Services include:
  • individual counselling;

  • a Drop-In centre for women who are homeless or near-homeless;

  • employment counselling and placement;
  • settlement services; and

  • language training services.
Our language training programs offer childcare services for immigrant women participating in ESL/LINC classes.

Please refer to the Program and Services section of this website for more detailed information.