The Liaison College Job-Ready Recipe Initiative

Since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, over 200,000 people have been killed, with thousands more fleeing their homes, and leaving behind their lives in Syria for uncertain futures abroad.

With 25,000 new Syrian refugees now calling Canada home, people across the country are opening their hearts and their wallets to help support these new Canadians. Liaison College Oakville is taking a leadership position in establishing badly-needed skills training to set these newcomers up for success in their new country.

In partnership with the Halton Multicultural Council, Liaison College Oakville is pleased to announce the Job-Ready Recipe initiative in support of Syrian refugees. The Job-Ready Recipe program is a streamlined, fast-tracked culinary training program for Syrian refugees, that teaches newcomers basic cooking skills, and then connects them to local employers, and other support services to ease their transition into work.

  • A fast-track program to provide work-ready skills for in-demand culinary arts jobs in just 200 hours of training
  • A $1,500 bursary from Liaison College to put towards course fees, along with uniforms, chef kits and training manuals
  • Corporate and private sponsors will cover a significant portion of course fees and travel expenses

If you’d like to provide financial assistance for refugees in this program, please make a charitable donation through the Halton Multicultural Council here.

HMC Liaison College Oakville is further supporting these refugee students through a bursary program, with the remainder of course fees coming from public, private and corporate benefactors. The goal of the program is to provide these newcomers to Canada with stable jobs in an in-demand industry to allow them to become self-sufficient and engaged in Canadian life as quickly as possible. If you would like to make a fully-tax deductible donation to the program through the Halton Multicultural Council, please CLICK HERE TO DONATE.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, delivered the keynote address at a recent dinner hosted by the Oakville Community Foundation and with the Oakville Chamber of Commerce. The Governor General talked about the importance of communities, companies and institutions like Liaison College, doing as much as they can to support new immigrants to Canada.

In this interview, Liaison College Executive Director Chris Demko talks about what Liaison College is doing to help out these new Canadians.

Liaison College’s effort to support and assimilate Syrian refugees is being helped greatly by the local businesses who have agreed to offer graduates of the Job-Ready Recipe inititive their first jobs in Canada. Tria Cafe in Oakville is the first business to participate in the program. You can learn more about this wonderful business here;

As support for Liaison College’s Syrian initiative grows, so too does the scale of our supporters. We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Tridel’s Delmanor Retirement Communities, who have committed to taking several Job-Ready Recipe program graduates. In case you are unfamiliar with Tridel’s luxury senior’s residences, here’s some insight into why we’re so excited to working with Tridel.

Etobicoke’s Cellar Door restaurant has built an enviable reputation by offering exceptional Italian cuisine, including authentic wood-fired pizzas and hand-made pastas. When Cellar Door heard about Liaison College Oakville’s Syrian Job-Ready Recipe, they jumped on board, agreeing to hire a student from the program. Chef Robert Rubino feels that Liaison College graduates make for amazing hires, and he wanted to offer the same help to these new Syrian immigrants that his grandparents received when they first came to Canada. Learn more about Cellar Door here:

To learn more about this program or how you can further support this effort, contact Peter McNamee or Chris Demko at 905.842.4336 or via email at