Urban Health and Homelessness Services

Peer Program

Peer Training and Development

Our Peer Worker Program encourages people’s recovery from trauma and substance use through skill development and meaningful involvement.

Each year, 36 people are trained to learn more about harm reduction and how to support our community members.The program includes:

  • A screening and interviewing selection process

  • An in-depth, 20 session training program with topics ranging from ethical issues and boundaries to restorative justice and relapse prevention

  • Possible short-term (four to six hours per week) work opportunities in a variety of settings from drop-ins to supportive housing

  • Ongoing, individualized support, weekly peer group debriefing, supervision and pre- and post-employment coaching

To join the Peer Program, participants must:

  • Identify with having lived experience related to substance use
  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    • Be a member of the corner drop in
      or
    • Be housed within the addictions supportive housing (ASH) stream of the access point housing application (as listed on the Peer Program application)

Only people that meet criteria will be contacted for an interview.

For more information, please contact Nadia at wnadia@sschto.ca or 416-925-2103 x3214.