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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 Youth Worker – Live-In Treatment Services is a full-time permanent position that facilitates the treatment program for the youth in the program, through program delivery, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, supervision of the youth, crisis management and documentation including licensing requirements

Salary range:   $46,148 to $53,739 per annum

Benefits:          Competitive Group Health Benefits, Retirement Savings Plan.

This position is represented by OPSEU local 567.


  • 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.


  • Ensure the clients in the program are safe and cared for and provide support to clients with their mental health and wellbeing in the residence and support them in their daily functioning
  • Provide in-vivo coaching and support to clients when they are having difficulties
  • Ensure youth are following the rules and routines of the program
  • Ensure all Primary Worker/ secondary worker duties are complete up to 4 youth
  • Attend School meetings, medical meetings, CAS (child welfare) meetings as required
  • Participate in individual and family counselling with the Residential Therapist
  • Ensure that relevant documentation is completed on the Client Record in a timely manner every shift and that all licensing requirements are completed
  • Create and deliver psychoeducational programming and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy coaching
  • Attend and participate in Clinicals, team meetings, Shift Change and intake processes
  • Maintain, in cooperation with other team members, the physical facilities of the
  • Residence in accordance with accepted norms of health and safety and licensing.
  • Maintain a positive program space in terms of health and safety standards and licensing standards


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

  • Child and Youth Worker Diploma or Degree
  • 1 year direct experience in Residential work.
  • Knowledge of Child and Youth Family Services Act., CPI certified, Current First Aid Certification, Knowledge of Dialectical Behaviour therapy
  • 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:

  • Understanding the Child Welfare System
  • 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 young people 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 September 30, 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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