Community Health Worker – Peer Training and Apprenticeship Project


June 30, 2022

Position Type: Full-Time, Contract Position to October 31, 2023
Salary Range: $52,550 - $61,823; Includes Health Benefits and HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan)


South Riverdale Community Health Centre is a non-profit, multi-service organization that provides primary healthcare, social and community outreach services with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention primarily to people of East Toronto. Our mission is to improve the lives of people that face barriers to physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being. We do so by meaningfully engaging our clients and communities, ensuring equitable access to primary health care and delivering quality care through a range of evidence informed programs, services and approaches. As a leader in community health, our locally and internationally recognized community services include cutting-edge primary health services, health promotion, harm reduction, environmental health, community food centre and population-based community programs for marginalized peoples. We value health equity and inclusion and respect in our work and in the delivery of our services.


The Community Health Worker – Peer Training and Apprenticeship Project will engage and work with community members who have experience of homelessness, use drugs and have mental health issues in the context of peer training and apprenticeship. This role will conduct outreach and recruitment of participants. This role will coordinate and work closely with a health promoter to organize and facilitate peer training sessions. This role will work collaboratively with SRCHC Harm Reduction programs to develop apprenticeship opportunities within SRCHC Harm Reduction programs and during the project will provide support to project participants during all stages of involvement.


This position is expected to work onsite during the COVID-19 pandemic as required.



  • Develops and delivers peer training program and apprenticeship opportunities for community members and service users who experience homelessness, use drugs and have mental health issues
  • Provides crisis prevention and response as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Participates in systemic advocacy, grassroots organizing, awareness raising and public education for positive social change via involvement in community-based committees and networks
  • Applies principles of community development, popular education and self-determination
  • Facilitates outreach and recruitment of participants
  • In collaboration with others develops training curriculum, secures appropriate speakers, develops training resources, keeps track of attendance and participation
  • In collaboration with others develops apprenticeship opportunities and supports individual participants and program staff to assure positive experience and growth
  • Participates in ongoing project evaluation, keeps appropriate records
  • All other duties as required



  • Post-secondary education from a recognized University or College or equivalent experience
  • 3 – 5 years relevant training and experience in mental health and harm reduction
  • Excellent understanding of impacts of systemic oppression on marginalized individuals and communities, including women and mothers who use drugs
  • Skills and experience engaging people through arts-based social justice initiatives
  • Skills and experience designing and delivering diverse group programming, including arts-based approaches, popular education, participatory research, peer support and information/education focused groups
  • Excellent understanding of principles of community development and experience applying these principles in work settings
  • Well-developed and demonstrable experience in crisis management in the mental health/social services field
  • Strong understanding of community-based service provision including ability to identify and connect with appropriate community-based services/resources
  • Excellent knowledge of and ability to apply harm reduction principles and practices in work with the community
  • Excellent understanding and ability to apply or integrate client base and client-centered work
  • Extensive knowledge and ability to apply or integrate mental health, harm reduction and crisis services and systems
  • Work from anti-oppression and trauma-informed framework
  • Demonstrated respect for diversity, equity and accessibility with the ability to work collaboratively and positively with others
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Proficiency in the use of computer technology and various software applications
  • Strong oral and written communication skills\
  • Ability to work well independently
  • Current involvement in community work an asset\
  • Lived experience of illicit drug use, sex work or homelessness considered an asset
  • Police clearance documentation will be required for employment
  • Proof of triple COVID-19 vaccination status will be required for employment


The deadline for applicants is Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).


Please mail in your cover letter and resume in confidence to:

The Hiring Committee – CHW – Peer Training and Apprenticeship Project

South Riverdale Community Health Centre

955 Queen Street East

Toronto, ON  M4M 3P3


Or by email to:


Please enter “CHW – Peer Training and Apprenticeship Project” in the subject line of your email.


No faxes, phone calls, or requests to meet please.


This is a bargaining unit position with CUPE Local 5399.


SRCHC welcomes applications from people with disabilities.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


SRCHC is an equal opportunity employer.  We would like to thank all those that apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


SRCHC encourages a scent-free environment.  Employees, students, volunteers, and visitors are asked to refrain from wearing fragrances and other scented personal care products (i.e. perfumes, deodorants, lotions, hairspray, etc.) while at the Centre.