Charity Partner

We are grateful to the business leaders that share their expertise and insights on topics that will help inspire and educate women to become more effective Corporate Directors. In appreciation for our speakers time and expertise we believe in the spirit of giving back and we make an annual donation to Women Get On Board’s charity partner.

Dress for Success Toronto® is part of a global movement for change. We are a local affiliate of an international not- for-profit organization operating in over 154 cities in 30 countries. Since 2009, we have helped over 10,000 women in the GTA transition from unemployment to economic independence. We work together with agency partners, corporate sponsors, individual donors, and over 300 dedicated volunteers to create real impact in women’s lives.

Dress for Success Toronto is operated by The Live to Give Relief Organization, Canadian Registered Charity No. 889786216RR0001. Visit http://toronto.dressforsuccess.org for more information and stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Our Mission

The mission of Dress for Success Toronto® is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to offer long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty. An investment in Dress for Success Toronto is not just an investment in a woman’s future; it impacts the lives of their children, their families, and our community as a whole.

What We Do

Suiting Program

The Suiting Program is about more than clothing. It’s a transformational experience that builds confidence and self- esteem, enabling a woman to secure meaningful employment. We serve women by referral only through a wide range of agency partners across the city. Each client is paired one-on-one with a volunteer clothing stylist who provides advice, guidance, and recommendations during a personal 90 minute appointment. She is provided with two professional outfits for when she has a job interview. When she successfully lands the job, she can return for a second appointment to receive additional business-appropriate clothing to help her build a professional wardrobe.

Career Services Program

The Career Services Program provides tools and resources to build professional skills and accelerate the job search process.

Professional Women’s Group

The Professional Women’s Group (PWG) is a monthly forum of support to encourage, educate and inspire our newly employed clients as they transition into the workplace, often for the first time. Each regularly scheduled PWG meeting consists of two key elements: an expert speaker leading a discussion and a networking period. Membership is open to Dress for Success Toronto clients who have successfully gained employment.

Who We Serve

• Women from all ethnicities and races
• Women aged 18 to 60 years old, with the majority aged 18 to 35 years old
• Women living in poverty
• Single mothers, raising an average of 2 to 3 children
• Women with all levels of education; more than 80% of our women have post-secondary education
• Women who are newcomers to Canada with 47% having lived in Canada for less than 5 years

Our Results

• Dress for Success Toronto serves 1,300 local women every year.
• In 2017, we provided over 50,000 pieces of professional clothing and accessories.
• 35% of our clients find work in less than a year of participating in our programs.
• 70% of the women in our Professional Women’s Group are still employed one year after becoming members.