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YWCA Toronto - Relief Cook

YWCA Toronto
Relief Cook


YWCA Toronto transforms lives. As the city’s largest multi-service women’s organization, we help women and gender diverse people escape violence, move out of poverty and access safe, affordable housing.

We work tenaciously to break down barriers that hold women and gender diverse people back from achieving equality.

Internal and External Job Posting
Relief Cook (3 Positions Available)
1st Stop Woodlawn

Employment Type: Relief
Work Hours: Varied as needed
Salary: $20.83 per hour
Location: 80 Woodlawn Avenue East, Toronto, ON, M4T 1C1
Application Deadline: Monday, May 29, 2023


YWCA Toronto strives to uphold anti-discrimination practices and anti-oppression principles to ensure that the rights of all individuals are respected and protected. We work to promote a climate that is welcoming of all women and individuals who identify as Trans, intersex, non-binary, agender, and/or Two-Spirit. We encourage applications from women and gender diverse people from all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities and sexual orientations.

The Relief Cook is responsible for preparing and serving meals, cleaning the serving area and cafeteria, and assisting the Food Services Co-ordinator in the preparation of meals and snacks.


1st Stop Woodlawn Shelter, funded by the City of Toronto, provides 62 shelter beds to women and gender diverse people including 28 beds for individuals 16 years of age and older, who are in need of shelter or fleeing violence. This includes Second Stage Supportive Housing for participants not ready for independent living. The Housing program provides advocacy referral and support to participants in the shelter and to those who have moved into the community. The Transitional Support program provides aftercare to participants and their children through group work, counselling and connecting women and gender diverse people to supports.


  • Prepares and serves breakfast daily in a cafeteria setting;
  • Assists the Food Services Co-ordinator in the preparation of meals and afternoon snack as required by the Toronto Shelter Standards;
  • Orders food, dishes and silverware supplies, and purchases supplies as needed in consultation with the Food Services Co-ordinator;
  • Shop for food items as needed and prepares for following day's meals;
  • Stores unused food supplies properly to meet health regulations and prevent spoilage; locks food storage area;
  • Washes dishes and stores them overnight and locks storage area;
  • Cleans food preparation and serving areas, ensuring that all health regulations are met;
  • Cleans cafeteria daily, including tables, counter, and vending machines; sweeps and washes floor;
  • Cleans kitchen appliances including refrigerators, storage freezer, tables, counters, stoves, sinks and floor;
  • Empties and cleans garbage cans daily;
  • Reports equipment problems and cleaning supplies needs to the Food Services Co-ordinator;
  • Assists with Special Events at 1st Stop Woodlawn Residence e.g. Annual Meeting, Special Events.


  • High school diploma or equivalent;
  • 1 to 3 years’ experience in food handling and food preparation (Cases for Equivalency will be considered);
  • Completed Food Handlers Certificate;
  • Completed Toronto Shelter Standards training;
  • Knowledge of second language an asset;
  • Ability to maintain a positive approach and a professional manner at all times;
  • Ability to interact with a diverse community of women and young women within shelter and housing environments;
  • Experience working in a residential setting an asset;
  • Experience working with culturally diverse population.

Vaccination Policy: - In accordance with YWCA Toronto’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, all YWCA Toronto employees, students and volunteers are strongly encouraged to obtain all COVID-19 vaccinations and booster doses as recommended by Toronto Public Health.


Please submit your cover letter and résumé as a single document to Dominique Boivin, Associate Manager of 1st Stop Woodlawn Shelter at Please quote JOB ID number STOP890 and your name in the subject line.

Please note: A vulnerable sector police reference check is required by the successful candidates prior to hiring. YWCA Toronto is a unionized workplace. Staff are represented by CUPE Local 2189. This position is not within the Bargaining Unit.

YWCA Toronto promotes the principles of anti-oppression and adheres to the tenets of the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from women and gender diverse people of all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities and sexual orientations.

YWCA Toronto provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted, please advise us if you require any accommodation. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

YWCA Toronto is a Scent-Sensitive Workplace.