Fresh Start is committed to recruiting and selecting individuals who reflect the diversity of the consumer/survivor community. Hiring activities adhere to the Ontario Human Rights Code and are based on principles of merit, and guided by Fresh Start’s Mission and Values.
To be eligible for employment with Fresh Start the applicant(s) must:
• Be a consumer/survivor defined as an individual dealing or having dealt with severe mental health concerns;
• Meet rudimentary requirements for the position including having passed a short hands-on cleaning test to ascertain basic maintenance skills;
• Be willing to work in accordance with Fresh Start’s mission, values, policies and procedures; and
• Be legally entitled to work in Canada carrying a Social Insurance Card or hold a valid work
Fresh Start does not discriminate in hiring, recruitment, training, promotions, transfers, or other conditions of employment, against any job applicant or staff member although contextually speaking Fresh Start is a mental health funded program providing employment opportunities strictly to the consumer/survivor population of greater Metropolitan Toronto area in which this community suffers from a disproportionately high unemployment rate. Fresh Start within the consumer/survivor community adheres to the Ontario Human Rights Code and City of Toronto’s Anti-Discrimination Policy which provides that every person has the right to equal treatment with respect to employment without discrimination and protects the right to be free of hate activity, based on age, ancestry, place of origin, race, colour, ethnic origin, creed, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, level of literacy, receipt of public assistance, membership in a union or staff association, political association, record of offences, marital status, family status, disability or hate activity.
While Fresh Start is a consumer/survivor initiative offering many accommodations that other companies may not, in order to serve its present membership and clients, employees are not hired strictly because they are consumer/survivors.
Once hired the new employee will join other consumer/survivors or work independently in the community to meet our customer’s service needs. Training will be provided on-site the first few weeks to allow the new employee to become familiar with our job sites and learn fundamental Fresh Start practices and procedures both cleaning and equipment wise. Helpful handbooks are given out to assist in the integration of new employees into our service, help teach safety standards and to provide useful tips on cleaning.