About Us

Heritage Skills Development Centre (HSDC) is a grassroots non-profit organization that was established in 1993. It was founded by a group of women who observed a gap in the integration services available to new- immigrants, refugees and minorities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Our services have expanded over the past 10 years to serving at-risk, low-income children and youth, seniors and marginalized groups.

Our Mandates are:

  • To promote the health, social, cultural, and economic self-sufficiency of at-risk, low-income, new immigrants and other marginalized groups.
  • To assist clients in becoming active contributors to, and beneficiaries of, the Canadian economy.
  • To enable newcomers to settle and integrate through supportive counseling and referral services.
  • To contribute to poverty reduction and self-sufficiency through capacity building programs, self-employment creation, life skills development.
  • To assist in employment through various skills development training programs.
  • To provide self-support mechanisms that further social integration for minority individuals.

HSDC assists families in building stronger foundations through integrative and empowerment programs and services. With more than 22 years of experience, and being located in a high priority neighborhood of Scarborough, HSDC understand the issues that often hinder or delay the abilities of individuals to become self-sufficient. Our staff and volunteers are of diverse cultural and linguistic background, allowing us to effectively serve our clientele. Through our initiatives, we have empowered and helped to build the capacity of at-risk and marginalized children, youth, women, seniors and families in our priority community.

The Key Activities that HSDC provides are briefly mentioned below:

  • Capacity Building & Training Programs: Youth Entrepreneurship Program, Business Integration Training Program, Information Technology Training Program, Web Development Training, Employment Preparation, Leadership Skills Development, Sewing and Fashion Design Training, Computer and Internet Training Program, French as a Second Language Program, Addiction Education and Mental Health Support , After School Program for Children and Youth.
  • Social Programs: Our Social Programs include: Community Workshops, Crime Prevention Program, HIV/ AIDS Prevention and Education, Supportive Network Services, Youth Peer mentorship, Life Skills Development, Single Mom's Support Group, Volunteer Development Program, Senior Support Program, Victims Week Celebration, Scarborough Afro Caribbean Festival.
  • Referral & Information Services: HSDC provides support and referrals to the justice system, legal professionals, health care services, educational institutions, housing, translation and interpretation services, employment, social services and government services.
  • Supportive Counseling and Mentorship: Supportive counseling services are provided for at-risk individuals and victims to help overcome isolation, stress and depression. These services help individuals to build resiliency, self-esteem, confidence and pursue their career goals.