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Construction Craft Worker Pre-Apprenticeship – Toronto Downtown East Neighbourhoods

George Brown College: Community Partnership Office

The Construction Craft Worker (CWC) case study is co-led by Kizzy Bedeau and Joe Stapleton (Community Partnership Office, George Brown College), Sharon Simpson (Labour and Community Services Toronto) and Professor Peter Sawchuk as well as doctoral researchers Chris Harris and Nadia Salter (OISE/University of Toronto). This case study focused on how community outreach programs such as these function within neighbourhoods and can potentially reverberate into the lives of individuals and communities. At the heart of the research was the question of how these programs relate to the emergence of activists and community leaders. Neighbourhood participants from the Regent Park, Moss Park and St. James Town areas involved in the program and the research were young adults facing structural barriers of class, race and gender associated with the processes of transition to good jobs. This case study project carried out extensive interviewing with recent participants in the CWC program as well as interviews with past graduate of pre-apprenticeship programs in plumbing, baking, cooking and construction.

Final Report of Construction Craft Worker Pre-Apprenticeship
 Case Study
(21 page PDF file)


College/Community Partnerships: The Potential for Combating Poverty and Developing Community Leaders

by Kizzy Bedeau and Peter Sawchuk

If there is one thing that is clear from even a quick scan of anti-poverty activity in the Greater Toronto area, it is that there are almost as many ways to go about it as there are groups doing it. There are people and groups of all types doing some form of anti-poverty activity. They may include action coalition builders, change agents, community-builders, advocacy groups, and/or grass-roots organizations and, among such groups, there is often a diversity of individuals of all social classes, ethnicities, socio-economic statuses, sexual orientations, ages, and genders.  The complexity of people and groups involved in such work brings with it a multiplicity of areas of focus, be it education, employment, drug/substance abuse, food security, mental health, health and nutrition, housing, harm reduction or policing. At any social intersection, anti-poverty work can be organized.

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