Sewing For Jobs

“Sewing for Jobs” is an innovative sewing training program that is designed to be a bridge to financial autonomy for people in need, especially immigrant women, who have experienced barriers to joining the workforce for language, cultural or personal reasons. The goal of the project is to support individuals’ inclusion and integration into the labour market in order to reduce poverty, as well as promote self-sufficiency.

This sewing training program is designed for immigrant women with previous sewing training, women facing employment barriers in Ottawa, specifically those relying on Ontario Works (OW) or ODSP, or women caring for children/family members at home.

“Sewing for Jobs” is a holistic, 4 month program, focused on hands-on experience and following a detailed curriculum. As participants progress through the program, they refine their abilities and skills manning domestic and, after the first 4 months, with industrial sewing machines. The program includes group social activities, individual mentoring, networking activities and referrals to jobs in the sewing sector as they become available. In addition, participants are introduced to sustainable business practices, as all materials used for programs are recycled fabrics and textiles.

Is this program right for you? Are you ready to learn:

– Cut and Sew Manufacturing (after first 4 months)
– Repair/Alterations
– Garment construction
– Sewing for Home Decor


Sewing for Jobs is a 4 month, part-time professional sewing training program leading to employment opportunities in the sewing sector. You will learn how to sew first on domestic machines and after 4 months, on industrial machines, practice sewing on EcoEquitable contracts; develop your own Sewing Project; explore your creativity for projects in sewing; improve your financial status; establish your home sewing space, etc.

For more information please contact Chelsea at or 613-562-1739 ext 301.

Program Dates: February 5th – May 30th, 2018

Sewing for Jobs III: June 2018

Sewing For Jobs Flyer (PDF): English Version / French Version

Application Form


Sewing for Jobs students show off their handmade pin cushions.

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