Community Leadership and Development Training Course

 IWIP Training Cycle 2009-2010          


A one-year intensive training course for immigrant women with focus on community engagement and leadership development, IWIP participants are trained to strengthen their analysis of issues, develop their knowledge of governance structures, build their capacity to organize, and participate in local organizations and/or public institutions.

Trainees receive structured coaching and participate in sessions, dialogues, critical reflections and other activities to develop their skills, knowledge, attitudes and values.  A 3-month internship is also included.


  •  Increase the pool of women from newcomer communities who have skills and experience in outreach, intake assessment, information and referrals, workshop design and facilitation, and self-advocacy.
  • To conduct outreach to newcomer immigrant women, particularly those who are experiencing isolation, in order to provide necessary supports through workshops, information seminars, referrals; and, where appropriate, direct one-on-one guidance.
  • To increase CCL&D's and local partner agencies' access to isolated women in newcomer communities.

Course Components

This program provides 10-12 women who reflect the range of languages (e.g. Spanish, Bengali, Urdu, Tamil, Mandarin, Cantonese, Ethiopian, Nepali, Hindi, Caribbean English and Somali) and cultures of the newcomers who now call St. James Town, Moss Park and Regent Park and other high newcomer population communities in Toronto home, including the 13 priority neighbourhoods and Toronto inner suburbs with an intensive one (1) year training cycle (25 hours per week in-class training hours + hours for course-work completion) with focus and emphasis on governance/leadership for social change, while delivering critical components needed to enhance the employability of trainees within the social service and community-based sector.  



Recruitment for our 2012-2013 training cycle is now closed. Please visit this page again in spring/summer 2013 for recruitment information on our next training year.

If you have any questions about the IWIP, please call us at (416) 968-6989 or email