Certified Social Enterprises
We are a full-service restaurant and catering supplier in the heart of Toronto’s downtown core. We have experience managing logistics and the execution of:
Formal Dinners (including Weddings)
Catered Breakfasts and Lunches (Hot or Plattered)
The Huffington Post & BlogTO listed Hawthorne as one of the top restaurants to visit during Winterlicious
Social Value: A not-for-profit restaurant dedicated to training new entrants and current workers for Toronto’s hospitality industry. This includes recent newcomers, persons with disabilities and at-risk youth. Two-thirds of Hawthorne’s staff are in paid training contracts.
Clients include: CIBC, Green Living Enterprises, Unite Here Local 75
We provide catering services for business meetings and buffets and we can serve events from five to more than one hundred.
Able to provide services on short notice
Able to customize menus for special events.
We are also pleased to develop custom menus and assist in selecting the appropriate items and quantities for your event.
Social Value: We provide training and employment opportunities to individuals marginalized by addiction and/or mental illness. Unemployment rates are reported to be as high as 85% among our target population. Employment and training engages individuals in society, reduces dependence on social service programs and improves physical and mental health.
Clients include: CIBC, TD Bank, CAMH, Toronto General Hospital, St. Mike’s Hospital
All KLINK Coffee is 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified premium coffee and is available in whole bean or specialized grinds.
Portion packs sized and ground specifically for 8-10 cup drip machines
¾ lb. bags, whole bean or ground for filter machines or more coarsely for urns/percolators
2 lb. bags for larger volumes, also whole bean or specialized grinds
Social Value: KLINK assists individuals, particularly those returning home from prison, in obtaining greater access to the workforce. The employment readiness training, work placements, direct employment and other supports provided, help these individuals directly while promoting safer communities.
Clients include TO2015, United Way Toronto, City of Toronto Shelter Support
An environmentally sustainable business choice with zero footprint. With our state-of-the-art Qualikom System, we can place and track your order with ease and give you a price quote instantly.
Same-day courier service with a roster of 50 couriers
Basic rate from $6 to $20
Delivery by public transit
You add nothing to city pollution or congestion by choosing A-Way.
Social Value: In 1987, A-Way Express was established by survivors of mental health challenges. We provide meaningful employment opportunities, promote work as central to poverty-reduction, health and wellbeing, and community integration. We employ 60 people in a supportive workplace that promotes stability and recovery from mental health issues.
Clients include Ryerson University, Toronto Lawyers Assoc., NOW Magazine
We are a not-for-profit courier organization that uses only public transit (TTC) and walking to make all of our deliveries. Resulting in an environmentally friendly, in addition to socially responsible, courier service.
2 service levels for deliveries: basic (delivered by 5 pm) and express (delivered in 2.5 hours)
Last orders for same day deliveries are 2:30 pm and 4 pm for basic and express, respectively.
We’ve partnered with UPS to facilitate Canada-wide deliveries for our customers at a 30% UPS discount.
Social Value: The national average unemployment rate is 7.2%. For people with disabilities, the rate is 25% to 50% (varies depending on how you measure). With an unemployment rate 3x to 7x higher than the national average, it’s evident that people with disabilities can struggle to find work. At Good Foot, we’re looking to change that. Over the past 5 years, we have grown into a flourishing, not for profit courier organization with nearly 30 staff living with developmental disabilities. For our staff, Good Foot provides an opportunity for financial independence, self-direction, and responsibility, as well as a community to which they are integral contributors. A 2014 University of Toronto report on our operations shows that for every $1 that goes into Good Foot, there is $2.36 of Social Return on Investment.
Clients include CIBC, Beanfield MetroConnect, Robins Appleby LLP, Niche Essential Meals
With a roster of 300 interpreters and over 200 languages, IST provides exceptional, professional interpretation and translation services to health, legal, business, government and other organizations in the GTA 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Getting the message right the first time saves time, saves face, and saves money!
Social Value: IST is a social purpose enterprise of the Barbra Schlifer Clinic, a specialized clinic for women experiencing violence. Profits generated from IST are used to subsidize the cost of interpreter training for immigrant and refugee women. Our well-trained and fairly paid interpreters enrich the community by providing greater access to affordable interpreter services.
Clients include TO2015 Pan Am Games, The Co-operators Group Ltd.
We offer indoor plant and green roof maintenance, commercial landscaping and streetscaping services to a wide range of clients: Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), non-profit organizations, hospitals, housing providers and community organizations, from Baby Point to East York.
Able to provide garden design, installation and maintenance.
We are pleased to offer custom proposals for special considerations like high-traffic planting areas, Pollinator Gardens, or watering in drought conditions.
Organic Master Gardener on staff who ensures our methods are environmentally-friendly and sustainable.
Social Value: Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises provides Horticultural training and employment opportunities to people marginalized by addiction and/or mental illness and homelessness. Unemployment rates are reported to be as high as 85% among our target population. Employment and training engages people in society, improves physical and mental health and reduces dependence on social service programs.
Clients include Enercare Centre (Exhibition Place), YWCA, CAMH, Dundas West BIA, Roncesvalles Village BIA, Parkdale Village BIA, The Junction BIA and Baby Point Gates BIA.
We have experience carrying out water efficiency retrofits, energy efficiency retrofits, kitchen renovations, bathroom renovations, painting, and patching. Building Up has a master plumber and journeymen painter on staff to oversee each and every project.
Social Value: Building Up trains and employs people with multiple barriers to employment to carry out each and every project we undertake. Participants are paid fair wages for their time in the field and the classroom. The revenues generated by our work funds an extensive in-class training program where participants upgrade their math, literacy, social skills, and workplace essential skills. Following their time with Building Up, participants are placed with long-term apprenticeship opportunities across local trades unions.
Clients include: Toronto Community Housing, Centre for Social Innovation, TMG
Our state-of-the-art capabilities include small & wide format digital printing, offset printing, textile printing, sign & banner printing, laminating, and mounting, plus complete bindery and finishing services. Our products include stationery, brochures, postcards, booklets, magazines and catalogues, posters, signs, banners, cut vinyl adhesive lettering, custom t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags and more.
Social Value: 100% of the profit generated from all business at the Phoenix Print Shop goes to directly support and sustain our Fundamentals of Print Training Program for homeless and at-risk youth. Participants are able to gain entry-level employment with long-term career potential in the printing and graphic arts industry and have the opportunity to lead productive, self-sufficient and healthy lives.
Clients Include: Porter Airlines, CIBC, Crosslinx Transit Solutions, Artscape, and Symcore
Free Geek Toronto collects unwanted electronics and diverts them from the landfill through our recycling and refurbishment programs. Using the Free and Open Source Software, we are able to refurbish older computers, getting usable communication technology in the hands of those who would otherwise lack access. Our sales and refurbishment programs also allow us to give opportunities to those who face barriers to employment to engage and gain experience in a tech-related business. Free Geek Toronto is able to recycle all electronics from individuals, nonprofits, and businesses. We select those items we can repair, refurbish and prepare for reuse, selling them at our location and online. Electronic waste can be dropped off at our location or pick up for a fee. The electronics Free Geek Torontorefurbishes are sold at affordable prices. Computers have Linux Mint installed on them along with a host of other free andopen source applications includingLibreOffice, GIMP, VLC, and Firefox.
Social Value: Free Geek Toronto collects unwanted electronics and diverts them from the landfill through our recycling and refurbishment programs. Using the Free and Open Source Software, we are able to refurbish older computers, getting usable communication technology in the hands of those who would otherwise lack access. Our sales and refurbishment programs also allow us to give opportunities to those who face barriers to employment to engage and gain experience in a tech-related business.
Clients include: Kobo, Quest Software, Home Trust, Liberty Village IT, City of Toronto, Centre for Social Innovation, York Region Employment and Social Services, Youth Employment Services