Operating with the shared objective of developing the full and equal participation of women in all facets of our communities, COSTI staff help women of diverse backgrounds and experiences in overcoming economic, health, legal and cultural barriers.
The goal of COSTI’s programs and services for women is to address systemic and personal barriers that impact on immigrant women and provide a supportive environment that move women from a situation of dependency and isolation to a more empowered state.
Immigrant women have access to workshops on topics relevant to their well-being: health, parenting, domestic violence, etc. COSTI’s Trauma Group for Spanish-speaking Women offers individual and group counselling for Spanish-speaking women and their children experiencing trauma.
The Lifeskills Counselling program provides workshops combined with individual counselling to women to improve their self-confidence and increase their employment potential. Located in the Region of Peel, Pathways to Success provides low-income women opportunities to explore self-employment and stabilize their personal and family situation. Digital and Media Literacy provides newcomer women with training and support to develop digital literacy and essential skills necessary for their employment search and daily life activities. Coding Courses for Women empowers women with technical skills that are tangible and in-demand by training them in HTML coding to work in the web development and design field. Women in need of housing services receive childminding and travel supports in order to access services.