Workshops and Training


Workshops are free and available to Ontario Works Clients of Guelph and Wellington County. Click below for workshop descriptions.

Employment Services Orientation
The Employment Services Orientation is an overview of the resources available through Ontario Works, in the City of Guelph and Wellington County. Some of the information Facilitators will review includes Employment Ontario Partners, Literacy and Basic Skills organizations, and Ontario Works services such as Housing, Employment, and Child Care programs.

To register for a workshop:
Telephone: 519.823.7887  or 1.800.265.7294  x3600

Make Your Way Programme

This free programme is informal and interactive.  Conversations take place in a confidential, relaxed environment, described as a “kitchen table” like approach. The programme starts with looking at “Picturing Your Life Now” to help you see where you are at and look at the direction where you want to go. Examples of some of the topics covered are:  

  • Change
  • Understanding Poverty
  • Self – exploration through a completion of a personal self-assessment
  • Goal setting

Through this learning and the assessments, participants will be able to see a clearer path towards what their future may look like and set goals that will help them to move forward. This is a new programme in 2021 based on some of the principles of our past Getting Ahead programme and runs several times a year.

Currently Make Your Way is offered in a virtual format and runs for 1.5 hours each day over a two-week period. When in-person sessions resume, Make Your Way will be offered Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm over a three week period.

For more information, please contact:
Terri Townsley, Employment Facilitator
Telephone: 519.823.7887 or 1.800.265.7294  x 3660

Next Steps

Make Your Way graduates in Guelph or Wellington County, the following programmes may be good next steps: 

Ease Into Work (Hope House Guelph)

Hope House Guelph

Ease Into Work is a program for people who are interested in gaining work experience and developing skills in a supportive environment! We have monthly gatherings on the 2nd Thursday of each month, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm here at Hope House.


Skill Building:

Healthy Routines

Goal Achievement



Problem Solving


Time Management


On-The Job Training 

Opportunities to Gain Experience:


Admin Assistance

Food and Clothing Markets

Delivery Driving

Facility Maintenance

Harvest of Hope at the Farm

Breakfast and Edu-Kitchen

Special Projects and Events


Who Should Apply

  • New Canadians
  • Youth
  • People Who Have: little or no work experience, challenges with employment, not had a job in a long time

For more information, contact Hope House Guelph:
226.501.5253 | |

Stronger Together (formerly Circles) (The Wellington County Learning Centre)

The Wellington County Stronger Together program is innovative. It creates a framework for people to build intentional relationships across the community with the goal of ending poverty, a program of social inclusion and social capital building.

Stronger Together is a peer-to-peer supportive environment, with facilitators with lived experience. The group empowers each other to reach their own desired goals, with the ultimate goal of being financially self-sufficient over time. With the help of The Wellington County Learning Centre, Stronger Together can provide people with the resources, tools, skills, connections and learning opportunities to help individuals and families tackle a problem or make progress towards their goals.

United, Support, and Cooperation shown through a diverse group of people each holding one other person's wrist to form a ring.

  • Provide emotional and practical support
  • Assist with complex issues
  • Build the "social capital" of people living in low income situations
  • Show the community the very real barriers holding people in poverty
  • Walk with people in poverty and support positive changes in their lives.

For more information, please contact Jessica
Telephone: 519-848-3462

Wellington County Learning Centre

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