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Strides Toronto


Strides Toronto is a multi-service agency providing a wide range of exceptional programs and services that improve the mental, social and physical health of infants, children and youth from the pre-natal stage to age 29, and their families.  With a range of community, residential and treatment services our work helps to strengthen social and emotional well-being for culturally diverse clients to reach their full potential.  We provide individual, group and family interventions that include mental health counselling, autism services, education, outreach and referral, early intervention, day treatment and community support. In its Lead Agency role, Strides Toronto collaborates with 23 publicly funded infant, child and youth mental health (ICYMH) core service providers to design and implement system-level improvements that promote access, responsive service delivery and experience, and positive mental health outcomes for young people and families across Toronto’s diverse communities. To learn more about who we are and what we do, visit our website at


The Developmental Services Worker (Casual) is a casual position that provides school break, afterschool, and Saturday respite for youth and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or a developmental disability. Family engagement is an essential partnership with a focus on the development of both social and life skills to enhance quality of life working towards independence by teaching, creating opportunities for socialization through individual and group activities.

Salary range:   $30.18 to $35.14 per hour

Other:                  This role is a part of the OPSEU Local 567 bargaining unit. 


  • We have a collaborative and supportive Senior Management Team.
  • We provide a hybrid work model and competitive Group Health Benefits and Pension Plan.
  • We provide opportunities for growth and professional development.
  • We have a diverse and inclusive work environment with staff who speak multiple languages and dialects.
  • We are committed to providing an equitable and inclusive environment where our team members and clients can thrive.
  • We set high standards for performance, client outcomes, and implement best practices, which are demonstrated through our accreditation with the Canadian Centre for Accreditation.


  • Support in providing psycho-educational programming to participants in collaboration with team members at the program including the completion of daily tasks prior to group start‐up to ensure programming goals are met (e.g., shopping, booking of outings or activities).
  • Lead and co-lead daily structured programming for participants in a social(group) setting or 1:1 or 2:1 setting.
  • Support the integration of high need clients into group setting.
  • Maintain professional standards of practice in accordance with Strides Toronto policies and procedures, Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA) standards, and relevant legislation.
  • Support in the implementation of strength based and evidence-based practices such as Applied Behaviour Analysis within the developmental services programs.
  • Maintain, in cooperation with other team members, the physical facilities of the program site in accordance with accepted norms of health and safety.
  • To assume responsibility for other tasks that may be assigned by Team lead or Manager or designate.


The following education, professional memberships and knowledge are a requirement for this role:

  • Child and Youth Worker Diploma or Child and Youth Care (CYC) with 1 year of related experience.
  • Knowledge and experience in supporting individuals with Autism/ Dual Diagnosis/ Mental Health disorders.
  • Knowledge of and ability to manage, responsive behaviour, and crisis prevention and intervention skills.
  • Awareness of the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and within the community being served by the position.
  • An understanding of Anti-Black Racism, anti-oppressive/anti-racism perspective in the context of the social determinants of health when working with clients and their families.
  • Ability to recognize and identify situations where incidents of and imbalance of power and privilege may occur and can result in possible negative impacts for the client.


While not required, preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  • Exposure or experience with data collection and report writing.
  • Access to a vehicle and valid driver’s license.
  • Functional computer and client information system knowledge.
  • Knowledge of the cultural diversity of communities served by the agency.
  • Fluency in another language(s), including sign language.


As our work puts us in direct contact with youth and vulnerable persons in our community, with health and safety as a priority, the successful candidate must complete or obtain the following before commencement of their employment:

  • Full vaccination against COVID-19 or have received an exemption from the organization’s policy.
  • A Vulnerable Sector police check.


Please submit a cover letter and resume outlining your demonstrated education, certification (if applicable), working and related volunteer experience and how you meet specific requirements for this position, and any additional considerations you deem appropriate. The application deadline is November 25, 2022.

Strides Toronto is an equal opportunity employer. We benefit from diversity of lived experiences in the workplace and encourage applications from qualified candidates who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.  Strides Toronto is a participant in the Government of Canada’s 50-30 Challenge, a program which challenges organizations to improve access for women and/or non-binary people and other equity-deserving groups, including those identifying as: racialized, Black, and/or people of colour, people with disabilities (including invisible and episodic disabilities), 2SLGBTQ+ and/or gender and sexually diverse individuals, and Aboriginal and/or Indigenous Peoples to  increase the representation and inclusion of diverse groups within their workplace.

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Strides Toronto’s own policies, requests for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.

We thank all applicants however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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