College Partnerships

Empowering through Education

Inclusion happens when everyone is able to use their God-given gifts to contribute within their community. Our college training programs provide the skills and resources that empower people with exceptional needs to play an active role and pursue their dreams.

Introduction to Culinary Skills Experience


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  • 18 years of age or older and a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  • Have a developmental disability
  • Curious interest to work in food services industry OR learn some basic cooking skills
  • Ability to work semi-independently
  • Ability to obtain or have access to transportation
  • Available for classes from July 15, to August 30, 2019 Monday thru Friday – 10 AM TO 4 PM


A sample of program outcomes:

  • Gain understanding of basic kitchen cleanliness and sanitation
  • Identify various culinary equipment
  • Learn correct knife skills
  • Identify various ingredients
  • Listening skills
  • How to work as part of a team
  • Safety practices in the kitchen
  • Property hygiene when cooking
  • Post cooking clean up
  • Learn how to make soup, sandwiches, salads, breakfast cookery and dessert

Application Inquiries:

Monica Leavoy, Program Manager

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Culinary Skill Development & Employment Program


This culinary program, a partnership between Humber College and Christian Horizons, provides specific skill based career outcomes in securing paid employment opportunities in the culinary field. The program also encourages inclusion in the education via the teaching by a college culinary chef instructor and local business communities by way of a variety of job placements.

Inclusion through Culinary Skill Development and Employment provides persons with developmental disabilities the opportunity to gain culinary education and practical hands on job skills training within environments that encourage them to live their full work potential. The goal is to equip students to have a substantial advantage for successful employment in entry level food establishments. 

The maximum number of students in the program is 15

Participants who successfully complete the program will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the specific job-related knowledge they learned, such as Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act, Ministry of Labour-Health and Safety Awareness, on-the-job safety, teamwork and following directions.

  • Pass certification in Safe Food Handling, Emergency First Aid, Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHIMIS)

  • Demonstrate job success and “soft” skills such as professionalism, positive attitude, good work ethic and appropriate workplace behavior.

  • Use the learned skills to improve employability and retain employment after they are hired.

  • Meet the standards of learning as set out by Humber College Culinary School.

For those who seek to complete this program, it will allow them the opportunity to live as independently as possible and support their inclusion at a level previously unattainable. The training and education component through Humber College will make a significant difference in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities.

Program Eligibility:  

  • 18 years of age or older and a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant 
  • Have a developmental disability 
  • Desire to work full time, part time or be self-employed in the food industry 
  • Ability to work semi-independently 
  • Ability to obtain or have access to transportation (to work placements, Humber College North Campus) 

For more information
, please contact: 

Mary Lou Kelly
Employment Coordinator
Phone: (647) 278-6964

Irene Moore
Area Manager
Phone: (416) 666-5787

Shannon Buller
Employment Coordinator
Phone: (416) 576-9960 

Nicole Michell
Program Manager
Phone: (416) 417-0203

A Better Slice of Life is a powerful documentary based on the journey of people with disabilities gaining their independence by learning practical culinary skills at Humber College

Assisted and Co-Facilitated Educational Experiences


Christian Horizons is working in partnership with Algonquin College to offer post-secondary opportunities for people with exceptional needs. These programs are designed—both in content and in teaching style—to create a learning environment that promotes student engagement while focusing on implementing practical skills. 

Assisted Programs

The following list of courses are currently provided by Algonquin College but are also being offered with additional in-class assistance provided by Christian Horizons.

Information about the Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities can be found here.


Assistant Chef

Course Code: 0345X01FWO        |         Length of Term: One Semester

This one-year, Ontario College Certificate program, designed to train professional cooks, emphasizes culinary skills and hands-on experience. In order to acquaint themselves with the working conditions that can be expected upon graduation, students study food preparation, baking techniques, food cost control, computer applications, sanitation and safety procedures, and nutrition and menu planning. 

Some hands-on classes are held during the evenings and weekends in the college`s Restaurant International. Students are also involved in real world experiences, both at the college and at various hotels, restaurants and event facilities to further refine and develop their knowledge and skills. Students have the opportunity to participate in many events, competitions and activities that the culinary programs are involved in throughout the community, in order to complete a mandatory 40 hours of field placement per semester.

The knowledge and skills gained in this program are relevant for a variety of food-related industries and sectors. Graduates find employment in food preparation and service establishments such as, hotels, restaurants, food trucks, cruise ships, cafeterias, and senior care facilities, or as self-employed caterers. 

Cooking has become an art, food preparation is more specialized and the industry is demanding. Therefore, candidates must be prepared to work long hours, be in good health and be physically fit. The assistant chef program runs as the first half of the full chef program.

Coffee Barista

Course Code: HOS0033        |         Length of Term: One Semester

In collaboration with our local industry partners, Algonquin College`s Statement of Achievement provides training for an entry-level coffee barista. Essential knowledge of the coffee service industry is provided and customer service skills are emphasized. Students learn the history of coffee, production and processing methods, grading standards and industry terminology. They taste a wide variety of coffees and learn to cup taste and distinguish coffees from around the world.

For more information or to apply for the Assistant Chef or Coffee Barista program, call Micah Elson at (613) 297-7372

Co-Facilitated Program

Algonquin College in conjunction with Christian Horizons Ottawa GROW is pleased to offer the following co-facilitated course:

Kitchen Steward

Course Code: FOD0029        |         Length of Term: One Semester

Successful food services establishments are based on good quality foods that taste good. The preparation of these foods is prepared by professional cooks and chefs who are part of a professional team. A key member of this team is the Kitchen Steward, who is often referred to as “the backbone” of the kitchen. 

Students enrolled in this comprehensive, 15-week Certificate of Completion program will gain an understanding of work as a professional Kitchen Steward through applied and theoretical in-class training at Algonquin College’s Hospitality and Tourism food preparation kitchens. Further to a Certificate of Completion, students in this program will gain their Safe Food Handling (Basic.fst) certificate and their WHMIS (Work Place Hazardous Information Systems) certificate. Concurrent to this training program, each student will be placed in an on-site applied skills training position in order to apply what they have learned in the classroom.

For more information
, please contact: 

Micah Elson
Christian Horizons Ottawa GROW

Phone: (613) 526-9995 x309

Wes Wilkinson
Algonquin College

Phone: (613) 727-4723 x 5226