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Learning Opportunities Program

Dive into essential skills for employment with our exciting workshops!

Program Overview

Dive into essential skills for employment with our variety of exciting workshops! From learning MS Office to honing computer basics and workplace communication, LOP sets you up for success in any professional setting. We have a variety of programs tailored to different needs.

Participation Requirements

Eligibility for LOP program include:

  • Holding a Social Insurance Number (SIN) 

  • Being unemployed or employed part-time without post-secondary education 

  • Communicating in English with sufficient proficiency  

  • Being 18 and older (however, the training is most beneficial for individuals 45 to 64)

Explore Our Programs

Our next program cohort starts in July, 2024.

We offer a selection of programs tailored to different needs. Interested in one of the programs or not sure which one to pick? Fill out the form and one of our team members will get in touch with you. 

Introduction to MS Office

A 10-week workshop that introduces:

  • MS Word
  • MS Excel
  • MS PowerPoint
  • MS Outlook Email and Calendar

Introduction to Computer

A 10-week workshop that introduces:

  • Mouse and keyboard skills
  • Search engines and internet navigation
  • File management and emailing

Essential Skills for Employment

Soft skills, customer service & cashier training

An ten-week webinar that teaches the following skills:

  • Workplace communication
  • Collaboration
  • Time management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Stress management 
  • Hands-on training on E-POS

Workplace Communication

A ten-week workshop that helps participants:

  • Understand workplace documents, such as schedules, memos, lists, and forms
  • Create workplace documents, such as memos, notices, schedules, and emails

Benefits of Attending Our Program

  • Communicate clearly and effectively. 

  • Increase your employability across different sectors by learning fundamental computer skills. 

  • Get both professional and personal development by improving your soft skills such as communication and emotional intelligence. 

  • Empower yourself by improving your literacy skills to help you make informed decisions and advocate for yourself in various life situations. 

  • Confidently handle daily tasks that require reading and communication.

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The program also supports emergent readers by providing assistance with reading, writing, and digital skills. Call or email us to learn more about all the services we offer.

For more information email: or call (416) 270-6604

Apply Now!

Fill out the form below and someone from the team will get in touch.


“I came to the YMCA Learning Opportunities Program because I had such great difficulty reading and writing. Although I was working, it was hard for me as I was always nervous that they would give me something to read at work. Then I started improving and enjoyed coming to the YMCA. I enjoyed the computer classes too. I completed my training an passed the provincial exam the second I time I took it. Today I am a supervisor and I give back something to the YMCA whenever I can.„


“For many years I was working at The Bay. One day I was laid off and decided I would retire early. Because of the time I now had, I decided to improve myself so I came to the YMCA. I came here to improve my reading, writing and math skills, but what I learned was far better. I learned to believe in myself. I realized that I was someone specials and had other skills than what I had used over the years in my job. I went into training as a Caregiver. Today I am out of retirement and enjoying the challenges of my new, different and exciting job.
Thank you for teaching me to believe in myself.„


“It was one of the best learning experiences I had. The training was very helpful. I learned about soft skills and hard skills. I also understand the Canadian workplace culture. As a newcomer, it was a good process in finding a job. Some of my colleagues even got a job while we were learning. Thank you to the YMCA for everything you did for us.