Sherbourne’s new program to support trans and non-binary people find and keep employment
For trans and non-binary people, steady, fulfilling and safe employment can present some challenges that aren’t necessarily present for cisgender people.
A 2019 study of trans people in Waterloo, Ontario found that 23% of survey respondents said they were unemployed and looking for work, versus a baseline of 2.8% of the general population in Waterloo.
Discrimination is also a frequent factor for many trans people. A 2015 study of trans Ontarians found several common experiences of discrimination in the workforce:
- 13% had been fired for being trans (another 15% were fired, and believed it might be because they were trans)
- Because they were trans, 18% were turned down for a job;
- Another 32% suspected this was why they were turned down.
- Additionally, 17% declined a job they had applied for and were offered, because of the lack of a trans-positive and safe work environment.
A new Sherbourne Health program aims to help trans and non-binary clients a chance to find trans-positive employment along with mentorship and mental health supports along the way.
“Seeking employment when you are facing barriers like navigating a trans identity, as well as intersecting identities like race and newcomer status, can present unique challenges,” says Athalia Green Nesbeth, Trans & Non-Binary Career Connections Program Coordinator. “But, these experiences also bring invaluable perspectives and resilience to the workplace. Our program aims to focus on these strengths, and to connect workers and employers as well as amplify job seekers’ strengths through mentorship and support for long-term success.”
With funding from TD Bank Group, the Trans and Non-Binary Career Connection program welcomes anyone over the age of 16 to access the career mentorship and mental health support they offer, as well as referrals for resume reviews, interview coaching and other key pieces of the job search journey.
“We’re proud to continue our long-standing support of Sherbourne Health and its expanding services that aim to provide more care for trans and non-binary members of 2SLGBTQ+ community,” said Daniel Rozak, Senior Manager, Community Events and Execution, Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability, TD Bank Group. “Together, we believe in and are committed to working to push progress forward for our community.”
Our mental health and mentorship support will begin by mid-October, with a job fair taking place in February. To learn more about the Trans and Non-Binary Career Connection program, contact Agreen@sherbourne.on.ca.