Our social purpose enterprise provides employment and job and life skills training for people receiving Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) benefits and others with limited employment opportunities.
Furniture Link is one of the largest social purpose enterprises in Canada. It is the second largest in Toronto by sales revenue, and is the largest employer of people who are marginalized. Furniture Link is partially funded by the Toronto Enterprise Fund, a funding partnership of United Way Toronto; the City of Toronto; the Province of Ontario; as well as the Homelessness Partnerships Initiative, a federal program administered by the City of Toronto.
Furniture Link provides job and life skills training and/or employment to at-risk youth, individuals suffering from minor mental disabilities, the learning disabled, people receiving Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) benefits and other marginalized people with limited employment opportunities. The program is a creative initiative that promotes the involvement of participants and has proven to be successful in lifting people out of poverty and into reasonable hope for financial independence.
In the last three years we have experienced a significant amount of growth in our business activities in line with the increased need for our charitable services. Fortunately, we have also benefitted from an increase in volunteer hours, youth job placement, and other job opportunities for the marginalized. At present we employ more then 20 individuals and we receive referrals from City of Toronto’s Streets to Homes program, HRSDC, St. Christopher House, and Yonge Street Mission (who target youth at risk), the City of Toronto Investing in Neighbourhoods program, and City of Toronto Employment and Social Services.