Employment Support to Ex-offenders – Rideau Social Enterprises


Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and Public Safety Canada (PS)
Rideau Street Youth Enterprises (RYSE), John Howard Society, Ottawa Community Housing, Housing Support Networks, local shelters, and Ottawa Public Health (City of Ottawa)


Ottawa, Ontario


Focus areas

Ex-offenders; Labour Market Integration


This project is testing if providing skills development and work experience through social enterprises to ex-offenders improves their chances of securing permanent, full-time employment, thereby preventing and reducing the incidence of homelessness.

Project summary

The project will identify and recruit participants straight from prison and provide them with a minimum of 20 hours of training and skills development relevant to each of the Rideau Social Enterprises. Participants will also receive customer service instruction by a certified trainer in service excellence. Each participant will be placed in supportive housing and will have a support plan developed for them with the help of a John Howard Society worker. Participants will then begin a six-month work term. Each participant will work up to 40 hours per week providing services through the proposed five social enterprise components: pest control preparation, moving, cleaning, landscaping, and graffiti removal. As participants exit the program, new participants will be recruited. Participants who have achieved the program goals will receive assistance to transition to permanent, full-time employment.

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