nding Resources, Employment Opportunities and Community Events!

In This Month’s Issue:

Sector News: OTF announces its application deadlines for 2024, CEE Toronto Seeks Employers Hiring Skilled Youth, Reimbursement Applications for Supporting Refugee Claimants are Open
Events: Reclaim Credit Power, The Tribe Leaders Summit, StartUP Canada Tour, Our Community, One Planet. Reel World Film Festival
Feature Article: The Imperative of Enhancing Economic Survival in the Black Community
Employment Opportunities: Black Opportunity Fund, Parents of Black Children, For Youth Initiative, Hey Black Girl!, Black Men’s Therapy Fund
Funding Opportunities: Level Youth Policy Program, Frontlines, National Anti-Racism Fund, PollinateTO Grants, Black Entrepreneur Program
And More!


CEE’s Seeking Employer Partners 

You’re in luck, because CEE is looking for partners interested in hiring Young Black Professionals this Fall! If you have been thinking about adding skilled talent to your team, there are countless individuals from 5 top industries ready to go. You provide the opportunity, CEE will foot the bill!


Connect with us at Blacktothefuture@ceetoronto.org for details and eligibility.

Ontario Trillium Fund is pleased to announce that the Seed and Grow grant streams will be offered in addition to Capital grants for 2024. Click here to review the grant application deadlines!

Apply for Reimbursement for Supporting Refugee Claimants
The City of Toronto acknowledges the critical work that community organizations like yours have been doing to help refugee claimants in their settlement journey. 

On September 6, 2023, City Council authorized a one-time allocation of $750,000 to reimburse selected faith and community organizations for expenses incurred while providing temporary shelter and supports to refugee claimants.Organizations are invited to apply for reimbursement of expenses from this total allocation.

Eligible organizations must:

  • be faith-based, have charitable status, and/or be registered not-for-profits;
  • have provided temporary shelter to refugee claimants in the City of Toronto; and
  • have provided temporary shelter to refugee claimants between July 17 and September 30, 2023

Please note: The funds are not available to any shelter site with an existing City of Toronto operating agreement.

Costs eligible for reimbursement include: 

  • Staff
  • Volunteers (i.e., transportation costs)
  • Contracted services (e.g., laundry)
  • Food and beverage (e.g., groceries, catering)
  • Supplies (e.g., cleaning supplies, bedding, personal hygiene supplies, medication and health supplies)
  • Transportation (e.g., gas, Uber, TTC)
  • Building occupancy and maintenance (e.g., minor repairs, additional utilities)

To apply for this reimbursement, please complete the form at:  

Applications will be accepted until October 19, 2023 at 11:59 p.m., and decisions will be made in early November.

United Way Greater Toronto and BMO Financial Group present Inclusive Local Economic Opportunity (ILEO) 

A call for private, public, and community sectors and industries to drive economic opportunities at the neighbourhood level. They aim to continue creating opportunities for local job seekers and offer programs supporting new and aspiring entrepreneurs through building connections between businesses of different sizes in Toronto. 

Applications are open 

Find out more here 


They’re back with Community Space – Financial Literacy!

Tefari Bailey, CEO and Co-founder of Hutsy Financial and Shaquille Hall, Investor and Mortgage Agent, will join us every Saturday at 10 AM from September 30th to December 2nd for a series dedicated to Reclaiming Your Credit Power.

Get ready to uncover the secrets to financial empowerment! To join the session, register here!

October 16 – December 4 (break week: November 13)        Mondays 2PM-4PM (Eastern Time Zone)  Click here to register!

The Centre for Diverse Learners (CDL) is organizing a FREE three-part series where we’ll share helpful tips about how neurodiverse students can pursue their dreams in University, College and The Trades.

Register here for October 18th, 2023 (College) or here for October 25th, 2023 (Trades).
Access the recording for University

The Tribe Leaders Summit is happening on October 18th in Halifax. Join in person to recognize Mi’kmaw history, celebrate Tribe Network community members and reflect on their impact and vision for the future.
Register and reserve your spot today

Click here to register.

Join nfpResearch for a free, informative webinar on October 19 at 2pm ET, in partnership with Imagine Canada, to delve into brand new research on the Canadian public’s nuanced relationship with charities! Get ready to gain valuable insights as we explore findings from their recent market research on Canadians and charitable organizations.

Discover the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities that the sector has to offer – mark your calendars and join us virtually for an engaging experience with insights to support your organization.

Artists in Motion presents Black in Canada at Fringe Toronto – October 19th-29th, 2023     Click here for more details

The workshop will be held in late October, and in the survey link below, we are scheduling for one of the following dates: Thursday October 19, Friday October 20, or Thursday October 26.
Link to form:

A Duty to Remember – Thursday, October 19, 2023 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
BOW’T TRAIL Retrospek: Studio Version + Artist Talkback – Friday, October 20, 2023
2:00 PM (matinee) & 7:00 PM (evening performance)
Ticket link: 

We are very excited to share with you LetsStopAIDS’s annual Youth-HIV Leadership Conference, NoTimeToWait.

  • Location: Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Attendees ages 15 – 29
  • Register for tickets here.

They are bringing together early stage entrepreneurs to build out their local networks, learn from industry experts, and drive their businesses forward. Happening on October 26, 2023 at The Rose Theatre in Brampton
Register today at https://lnkd.in/gDgGtXUD

Marking our 23rd anniversary, Reelworld is Canada’s longest-running Film Festival and Institute dedicated to advancing opportunities for Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, and People of Colour within the Canadian screen industries. In keeping with our dedication to breaking down barriers and promoting authentic storytelling, we are expanding our annual Film Festival to include a Summit featuring a lineup of distinguished Canadian guest speakers from the screen industries.

  • Buy tickets by October 20th, 2023 and receive 30% OFF here!
  • Answer the active call to support the Film Festival as a volunteer, here!

Black Youth Can Campaign 

Recently, we proudly unveiled the #BlackYouthCan initiative, a dynamic platform born out of collaboration with Publicis Groupe Groupe Canada. This innovative venture was designed to propel young Black talent toward the realization of their career aspirations. By transforming the prevailing narrative that unjustly categorizes Black youth based on appearances and attire, we are illuminating their exceptional talents, one hoodie at a time. Introducing our inaugural major brand campaign, entitled “WHO I REALLY AM.” The clothing acts as a canvas to showcase their individual stories, passions and successes – The pieces produced by Grandslammer$, an apparel brand founded by Jason Blackwood, one of the CEE alumni featured in the campaign. Visit our website and socials to learn more. 


The Imperative of Enhancing Economic Survival in the Black Community 
Written by: Matius Daniel

The economic well-being of Black people is a crucial aspect of ensuring a just and equitable society. Empowering the Black community economically has far-reaching benefits, as it not only fosters financial security and access to opportunities but also contributes to the overall prosperity of society.

In this article, we will explore the key factors for success in the Black community, referencing a blog by the African Canadian Business Network (ACBN) that highlights the significance of wealth in this community. We will also discuss the level of education and experience required for Black individuals to lead enriched lives in Canada, recognizing income disparity and addressing the challenges that many low-income households face.

Read their blog here.

Financial security is a cornerstone of personal well-being and a key factor for success in any community. For the Black community, achieving financial security means having the means to meet basic needs, invest in the future, and participate fully in society. Access to economic opportunities is critical for individual and community success. Discrimination and disparities in access to employment, education, and entrepreneurship opportunities have historically hindered economic progress in the Black community. It is apparent in 2023 that the level of economic security one has often correlates with educational attainment and income. However, there are still gaps to be bridged in addressing how education and experience are perceived. The Black community has long celebrated an entrepreneurial spirit but can fall short when acknowledging accomplishments of individuals actively seeking employment with less traditional work backgrounds. For the community to attain financial security, standards must be upheld and respect experiences of persons aspiring to join businesses and organizations. Addressing these disparities is essential for building a more equitable society.

Wealth creation is not only about personal gain but also about supporting the community as a whole. Wealth in the Black community can be leveraged to create educational programs, mentorship initiatives, and investments in businesses that benefit the community at large. Organizations such as Black Opportunity Fund, ByBlack, Federation of Black Canadians and Nobellum are fine examples that the community should watch. The ACBN blog underscores the importance of Black individuals and businesses supporting each other to foster community wealth.

To live enriched lives in Canada, individuals, regardless of their ethnicity, often require a solid education. Training programs exist to support the workforce by equipping individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to secure better job opportunities and improve their overall economic prospects. Black people in Canada, like all Canadians, should have equal access to quality education and alternative paths to securing purposeful work. According to the latest statistics from Statistics Canada, the average income of Black individuals in Canada has been improving over the years. However, it still lags behind the national average.

Income disparity can be attributed to historical and systemic factors, including discrimination in employment and education. This is detrimental in Canada when considering the cost of living in our cities and provinces. To meet basic needs, individuals require a sufficient income that covers housing, food, transportation, and other essentials. Low-income households often struggle to meet these needs, which can prove to inflate food and housing insecurity when individuals face economic hardships.

Low-income households, including those within the Black community, are at a higher risk of food and housing insecurity. Ensuring that all members of society have access to safe and affordable housing and nutritious food is a fundamental element of economic justice. As these challenges further compound, economic strife has profound effects on mental health. When basic needs are not met, individuals and communities are more likely to experience mental health challenges. Addressing these disparities is not just about financial well-being but also about fostering a healthier and more vibrant community.

The economic survival of Black people in Canada is of paramount importance for building a just and equitable society. Achieving financial security, improving access to opportunities, and having resources within the community are key factors for success. A strong educational foundation is crucial for economic enrichment and is a vital step in this journey of addressing income disparities. Furthermore, ensuring that all Black Canadians have the means to meet their basic needs is a fundamental aspect of economic justice, and it has far-reaching implications for mental health and overall well-being. By addressing these issues, we can collectively work towards a more prosperous and equitable society, where the economic survival of Black people is not just a goal but a reality.

Employment Opportunities

They’re hiring an Entrepreneur Program Coordinator for a 2-year contract. Reporting to the Programs Manager, this position involves engaging with stakeholders, and undertaking related tasks including disbursing funds and subsidizing mandatory permits, licenses, and certifications to support BOF’s capacity-building programs for Black entrepreneurs.

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to info@blackopportunityfund.org by October 30, 2023. Ensure the subject line of your email reads: ‘Re: Program Coordinator BOF’
Application deadline: October 30, 2023

Director of Operations and Programs – Parents of Black Children
They’re hiring and on the hunt for a dynamic Director of Operations and Programs. Are you a seasoned leader with profound understanding and commitment to dismantling Anti-Black racism? Visit this
link for more details on the application process.

Youth Case Worker – For Youth Initiative
Youth Initiative is an organization dedicated to supporting young people in various capacities. As a Youth Case Worker, you will work with youth to provide guidance and support. Check out their
website for more details.
Application deadline: October 18, 2023.

Executive Director – Centre for Social Innovation Network, Foodshare
The CSI Network is associated with Foodshare, an organization focused on food security and sustainable food systems. The Executive Director position involves leadership in food-related initiatives. Application is on a rolling basis, so check their
website for current opportunities.

Case Management Developer
EVA’s is seeking a Case Management Developer for the 2023-54 position. As a Case Management Developer, you will play a critical role in enhancing and developing case management systems. Check their
website for current job listings.
Application deadline: October 19, 2023

Donor Communications and Stewardship Specialist
EVA’s is looking for a Donor Communications and Stewardship Specialist. In this role, you will be responsible for creating and managing communications that engage and steward donors effectively. Check their website for current job listings.
Application deadline: October 19, 2023

Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
Hey Black Girl! is an organization with a focus on empowerment and support for Black women and girls. The Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications role involves advancing the organization’s message.

Manager, People, Culture & Equity
Hey Black Girl! partners with the David Suzuki Foundation to promote equity and inclusivity. The Manager, People, Culture & Equity position focuses on creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. Visit their website for details to get in contact.
Application deadlines: October 31, 2023

Community Resource Engagement Worker – Youth Association for Academics, Athletics & Character Education (YAAACE)
YAAACE is dedicated to promoting academic and character development among youth. The Community Resource Engagement Worker will support community initiatives. Visit their website or contact
info@yaaace.com for more details.

Social Media Coordinator – Black Men’s Therapy Fund
The Black Men’s Therapy Fund is committed to mental health support for Black men. The Social Media Coordinator role involves managing their online presence. Reach out to
contact@blackmenstherapyfund.com for more details on the application process.

Automotive Mechanic 2 – City of Toronto
The City of Toronto’s Automotive Mechanic 2 position involves maintaining and repairing city vehicles.

Application deadline: Ongoing; until filled

Coordinator Stakeholder Engagement & Special Projects – City of Toronto
The City of Toronto’s Coordinator for Stakeholder Engagement & Special Projects plays a pivotal role in community engagement and project management.
Application Deadline: October 19, 2023

Facility Event Coordinator – City of Toronto
The City of Toronto is looking for a Facility Event Coordinator to manage and coordinate events at city facilities.
Application Deadline: October 27, 2023

Check the City of Toronto’s career website for application information.

Open Student Positions – Ase Community for Black People with Disabilities
The ASE Community is seeking an Administrative & Accounting Assistant to support their administrative and financial functions. Visit the ASE Community
website for job details and application instructions.
Application Deadline: ASAP

Funding Opportunities

The Changemakers Micro-Grant Funding Program offers participants access to six entrepreneurial training sessions and the chance to secure up to $5,000 in funding for their community project ideas that promote volunteerism.
Application Period: The application period for the program will be open from October 19th to October 30th.
For more information or if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us or visit our website at Changemakers Micro-Grants.

For details and eligibility visit their site, here.

Frontlines is giving out funding to youth who are looking to build an inclusive Canada. If you are a youth (15-29) across Canada that is looking for funding, learn more and submit an application here.

Level Youth Policy Program – Call for Applications
Open to Indigenous and racialized immigrant and refugee youth from across BC, this program provides training on how to advocate for public policy on issues affecting their communities.
Learn more and apply: https://lnkd.in/gsZ7jeF Deadline: November 15, 2023

Leadership Bootcamp
Join us for the Leadership Bootcamp – where new Executive Directors and emerging leaders come to shine!  Get ready for guest presenters, knowledge exchange, and empowering exercises to supercharge your leadership journey. Priority for 2Spirit, QTBIPOC, and Rural Leaders.
Save the date: November 23-24, Registration is not yet open.

National Anti-Racism Fund
Canadian Race Relations Foundation supports initiatives that promote race relations and youth engagement. Apply now to fund your project or event promoting inclusivity and community cohesion. Visit their website for more details.

Systemic Workforce Development Grant
The Workforce Funder Collaborative supports workforce development projects. Apply for funding to address systemic challenges and improve job opportunities.
Check the Workforce Funder Collaborative website for more details.

Youth-Led Community Crisis Response Fund
The City of Toronto empowers youth-led initiatives addressing community crises. Apply for funding to make a difference in your neighborhood. Visit the City of Toronto website for the latest application deadlines.

PollinateTO Grants
PollinateTO grants support urban agriculture and pollinator-friendly projects in Toronto. Apply to create a greener, more sustainable city. Check the City of Toronto website for more details. Application deadline: October 25, 2023

Systems Innovation Grant
The Systems Innovation Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation supports projects that drive innovation and positive change. Apply for funding to transform your community.
Refer to the Ontario Trillium Foundation website for the latest information. Application deadline: End of 2023

Resilient Communities Fund
The Resilient Communities Fund provides resources for community resilience projects. Apply now to enhance the strength of your community. Refer to the Ontario Trillium Foundation website for the latest information.
Application deadline: October 25, 2023

Black Entrepreneur Program
The Black Opportunity Fund supports Black entrepreneurs in their business ventures. Explore opportunities for funding and resources. Please check the Black Opportunity Fund website for the latest application deadlines.

BOF Black Business Loan Program
The BOF Black Business Loan Program offers financial support to Black-owned businesses. Apply now to access capital for your enterprise. Visit the Black Opportunity Fund website for application deadlines.

ICD-RBC Foundation Scholarship
The ICD-RBC Foundation Scholarship supports the development of future corporate leaders. Explore scholarship opportunities and advance your governance skills. Please check the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) Canada website for scholarship application deadlines.

Your Black Artrepreneur Program
The Your Black Artrepreneur Program empowers Black artists and creatives. Apply for support to turn your artistic vision into reality. Visit the Community Navigating While Black website for application deadlines.

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