File #1145

Fee for Service Contract:

Part-time Cook (18 Hrs. / Wk.)

Based in Scarborough, YouthLink provides a range of mental health services proven to build resiliency & improve life outcomes for youth at risk.

Last year we reached out to more than 8700 young people and their families, helping youth to build connections with caring adults, develop their strengths, build new skills and pursue their goals for a more promising future. With the right support, guidance and opportunities, we believe that all youth can achieve their potential to succeed.

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Date: July 22, 2020

PROGRAM: Youth Transitional Housing and Shelter Program

LOCATION: 747 Warden Avenue

Scarborough, ON M1L 4A1

The fee for service part-time cook will support the head chef in preparing nutritious meal plans and food preparation for up to 50 residents in the Shelter and Transitional Housing Program and ensure that the kitchen runs smoothly and complies with safety regulations.


  • Prepare ingredients to use in cooking (chopping, peeling, cutting etc.)

  • Serve meals according to the established menu including packing lunches for the next day where appropriate and needed

  • Prepare Daily Prep List at the start of each shift

  • Prepare 1 – 2 meals per day as well as fresh snacks and deserts which respect the Canada Food Guide and are in accordance with shelter standards nutritional guideline.

  • Clean up the kitchen after each meal and at the end of each day. Clean dishes, wipe down surfaces, and place all things back in their place. Store food according to health guidelines.

  • Maintain hygiene and health and safety standards as required by legislation

  • Communicate with staff and possibly residents in regards to nutrition, possible food allergies or specific food needs.

  • Work effectively with residents, staff and volunteers

  • Sign off on daily closing checklist

  • Knows and complies consistently with our standard portion sizes, cooking methods, quality standards and kitchen rules, recipes, policies and procedures.

  • Maintains a clean and sanitary workstation area.

  • Participates in the Agency’s commitment to a discrimination free environment

  • Able to work within a team but also independently.



  • High School Diploma or equivalent. College diploma in hospitality or other cooking school


  • 2 years’ experience as a Cook

  • Valid First Aid

  • Safe Food Handling Certification

  • Experience working within a congregate living environment is an asset.

  • Ability to work co-operatively in a team-oriented environment

  • Appreciation of diversity issues and demonstrated experience cooking food form a variety of cultures

  • Operating using an Anti-Black Racism lens is an asset.

  • Ability to resolve issues in a manner that is respectful and cooperative in accordance with the agency culture and philosophy

  • Flexible person, team player who has strong organizational skills, time management skills, the ability to multi-task, shift priorities, and handle interruptions

  • Maintain the confidentiality of all residents in the Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing Program


  • Police Vulnerable Sector Check required

  • Medical clearance including up to date vaccination and tuberculosis testing

  • Able to work in a pet friendly environment

SERVICE HOURS: 18 hours per week (Monday to Thursday 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.) Possibility of extra hours as and when needed by the Agency

SERVICE PERIOD: Starting ASAP for a 12-month contract

SERVICE RATE: $20.00 per hour

Closing date: August 7, 2020

HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to Please quote file #1145

YouthLink values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to equity and inclusion. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from qualified candidates who reflect the diversity of our communities. If you have a disability and require accessibility accommodations with the application process, please contact

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our What’s Up Walk-In services are now being offered online through video-conferencing. We know this is a stressful time for everyone, and we want you to be able to continue to access our counsellors and clinicians in a safe and secure way so we are now offering you online video-conferencing counselling and support.


Our E-Counselling What’s Up Walk-In service will be open Monday – Friday until further notice. If you would be interested in booking one of our daily video-conferencing appointments for a counselling or support session with a clinician, call 416-967-1773 extension 222 and you will be connected to our Intake department. E-Counselling and support is also available for many of our other programs. Intake staff can provide you with more information if you are interested.


Although many of our staff are temporarily working off-site, all of our housing and residential programs continue to operate as usual.