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Hours: Full-Time Temporary Position 

Description: The Agency’s Addictions and Mental Health Services include one-on-one peer support to individuals 16+ in the areas of addictions and/or mental health.  Peer Support Workers connect with clients across programs, facilitate our Hopeful Journeys group, and offer their supports on an outreach basis to support linkage to service.

Drawing on their own personal lived experience with addictions and mental health, they:

  • Assist and mentor consumers as they consider and determine unique goals and objectives
  • Facilitate and support individuals offering hope of recovery for consumers affected by addictions and/or mental health challenges
  • Engage in outreach to support marginalized populations i.e. homeless individuals to facilitate connection to service
  • Provide activities, support and linkages that help to improve consumers’ quality of life and ability to cope with daily stressors


  • Have lived experience using the Substance Use and/or Mental Health system
  • Have a college diploma in the Human/Social Services field
  • Be able to be a positive role model
  • Be proficient in MS Office and be familiar with databases
  • Have access to reliable transportation
  • Be able to manage frequent exposure to vicarious trauma

Please see role requirements and application details here

Applications due: Nov 13, 2020 



Hours: Permanent, Relief/On-Call up to 35 hours per week, evenings and weekends may be required

Description: The model is youth driving; the support will be holistic and compassionate, grounded in evidence, anti-oppression and cultural-competency, following trauma-informed and harm-reduction care. Services will include assessment, suicide intervention, counselling, referral, sexual health and addictions/drug use education and support, basic primary care and health screening. Telemedicine services will offer a range of treatments and specialized services.

In addition to compliance with all organizational policies and procedures, the incumbent is also expected to behave ethically, demonstrate competence in effective communication and team building, demonstrate effectiveness in working in a collaborative environment, and demonstrate confidence in decision-making and in building relationships.

The Peer Support Specialist collaborates with consumers to provide individualized and flexible support to help engage and integrate them into the community, and help to facilitate access to resources and supports to maximize independence and potential, and promote recovery. Peer Support Specialists have gone through a process of recovery and have obtained peer support related training to assist others with mental health challenges to identify and achieve life goals as part of their own recovery. In collaboration with the team, the Peer Support Specialist uses empowerment and Recovery-oriented approaches with individuals and groups to help combat stigma, raise self-esteem and mastery, improve self-concept, and instill hope.


  • A degree or diploma in the health or social services, or a related discipline
  • Current registration with a regulatory body
  •  Four years or more experience of the mental health system
  • Personal experience in recovery from a mental health and/or addiction
  •  Ability to apply Recovery principles and empowerment-oriented philosophies and practices in work with consumers
  • Ability to observe boundaries, engage in appropriate emotional regulation, refrain from dual relationships with consumers, maintain confidentiality, and engage in reasonable self-care strategies designed to reduce stress by balancing work/life responsibilities
  • Ability to prioritize needs and organize work efficiently
  • Aptitude in developing innovative approaches to service delivery
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A second language (Cantonese, Farsi, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi,
    Russian, Tamil, Urdu) reflecting the local community is preferred.
  •  Excellent problem-solving and decision making skills
  • Proficiency with various forms of presentation media
  • Competence in relevant computer applications particularly Microsoft Office and
  •  Knowledge of the Ontario Mental Health Act, mental health reform principles, the
    Substitute Decisions Act, the Health Care Consent Act and PHIPA requirements
  •  Ability to apply Recovery principles and empowerment oriented philosophies and
    practices in work with clients
  •  Valid Canadian driver’s license, a minimum $1,000,000 third party liability insurance
  •  A satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police Check)

Please see role requirements and application details here

Applications due: Ongoing/Until Filled



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