Every Bite Matters

Every Bite Matters (EBM)

Every Bite Matters (EBM) is a 14 week paid employment program for youth who face barriers to employment and have interest to work in the food industry.  With a robust delivery model providing hands on experience, EBM has the potential to make a lasting impact towards sustainable employment for youth who are seeking culinary skill development.

The first 3 weeks of EBM includes pre-employment workshops focused on job readiness and life skill development. Weeks 4 to 9 provide culinary focused training and certifications, all paid at prevailing Ontario Minimum Wage. Participants are provided with certification opportunities (Smart Serve, WHMIS, First Aid/CPR, Food Handlers, and Cannsell) and training in employment and life skill topics such as budgeting, stress management, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, healthy relationships, self-care and time management, financial literacy, and personal mental health management. While youth are in their employment placements, we provide ongoing support and coaching to assist them in overcoming challenges in retaining long- term meaningful employment.

After the 9 weeks of workshops have been completed, participants will be provided the opportunity for a 5 week job placement.

Participants in EBM must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be between the ages of 15-30
  • Are currently unemployed/under-employed and not in school
  • Access to Wi-Fi and a laptop or computer
  • Willing to attend workshops IN PERSON
  • A valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) and legally eligible to work in Canada

While our programs are open to all youth, please note that priority is given to York Region residents.

Our next session of EBM begins:

Monday, September 25th, 2023

For our session starting on August 14th, it will be 100% in person at our Newmarket HUB at 130 Davis Drive.

Please send in your
Referral Form or Contact Us

If you would like to know more information about the EBM program, please contact Nishani Uthayakumar at

Nishani Uthayakumar

Employment Counsellor tel: (416) 574-8676

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