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Women's Employment and Life Skills (WELS)

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Women's Employment and Life Skills (WELS)

COSTI's Women’s Employment and Life Skills program provides immigrant women who face barriers with Canadian labour market information, employment coaching, business English, pre-employment preparation, life skills training and online learning - communication in the work place. Through a series of thirty workshops, participants develop the skills and confidence to better enable them to increase their employability and achieve their individual goals.

Services Available

Employment Coaching

  • Referral to subsequent supportive employment services including mentorship, bridging programs, and resource centres

Business English

  • Canadian workplace culture, Idioms, implied meaning miscommunication, professional standards, memo, email communication, telephone skills, formal and informal writing

Pre-Employment Preparation

  • Labour Market Information, resume writing, interview skills, employee rights, workplace harassment, job maintenance, mentorship, entrepreneurship, career exploration, networking, social media and Linked-in employment profile

Life Skills Training

  • Self Esteem, Financial Literacy, Canadian Workplace etiquette, Conflict Resolution, Stress Management, Assertiveness Training, and Personality Profile

Pronunciation and Clarity

  • Phonetic pronunciation, stress, rhythm, syllables and pauses, intonation-the rising, falling of voice pitch across phrases and sentences

Online Learning - Communication in the Work Place:

Part 1:

  • Understanding the Communication
  • Process Communicating at Work
  • How and Why We Communicate
  • Performance Appraisals
  • Non-Verbal Communication

Part 2:

  • Meetings
  • Team Work and Written Word
  • Meetings and Teams
  • Dressing the Part
  • Creating Great First Impressions

Who is Eligible

Services are available to immigrant women who are permanent residents, conventional refugees, or refugee claimants with a valid one-year work permit. Individuals must be able to communicate at an advanced level of English and have basic computer skills in Word.


This is a 3-week program, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (Monday - Friday).

Please see below for program locations.

This Program is Located at:

Corvetti Education Centre
760 College Street
Toronto, ON M6G 1C4
Phone: 416.534.7400 |
Language & Skills Training Services, North York
Sheridan Mall, 1700 Wilson Avenue, Suite 206
Toronto, ON M3L 1B2
Phone: 416.244.9980 |
Language, Settlement & Skills Training Services, Vaughan
Welcome Centre Immigrant Services, 9100 Jane Street, Building H, Unit 56-67
Vaughan, ON L4K 0A4
Phone: 416.238.1025, 416-238-1033 |
Vaughan Centre
3100 Rutherford Road, Suite 102
Vaughan, ON L4K 0G6
Phone: 905.669.5627 |

There is no fee for this service.

COSTI's Women's Employment and Life Skills Program is funded by the United Way Greater Toronto.

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