TIOW Wind Down Plan

The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers program is officially ending as of March 31, 2014. Recently we announced that The Working Centre's TIOW project was able to accept 20 new people during the month of January 2014.

These available spots filled very quickly, and we are now only keeping a waiting list of people who may be interested, should we be able to admit more applicants to the program. To get your name on the wait list, call The Working Centre - 519 743-1151 x 0. Please know that the chance of spots opening up are very slim at this point.

All TIOW participants will complete the program by March 31, 2014. At the end of the TIOW program, Employment Services may be able to provide additional support, either at The Working Centre or at another service ES provider.

For more information about TIOW in general, see the related article below.

How to Reach Us

For more information about Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, contact Reception:
Phone: 519 743-1151 x0
E-mail: tiow-info@theworkingcentre.org

Where and When We Are


This project is based at our Job Search Resource Centre at 58 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario.


Monday to Friday, 9:00-4:00.

Related Articles

Older Workers' Forum
Fri, Feb 28 2014

In November, 2013 The Working Centre - with partners Lutherwood in Cambridge, and Conestoga College in Guelph - organized an Older Worker's Forum at St. John's Kitchen in Kitchener, Ontario. 

Every new plant closing and layoff brings with it older workers, some having worked 25 years or longer for the same company or industry. They are not ready to retire whether they are 55 or 60. They need a full time job to both meaningfully participate in society and to have income for their household budget.

Thu, Jan 12 2012

TIOW stands for Targeted Initiative for Older Workers. TIOW is a Federal-Provincial program intended to assist older workers with programming that increases their employability, reintegrates them into employment and ensures that they remain active and productive labour market participants while their communities undergo adjustment.


A documentary by Maureen Brosnan for the CBC about Older Workers, and the TIOW program at The Workin Centre and in Kitchener.

"In Kitchener, Ontario, hard-hit by layoffs in the manufacturing and IT sectors, some people turn to TIOW, the federally-sponsored Targeted Initiative for Older Workers program. It aims to get people through the dark days, and equip them with skills that should usher them back into the world of the gainfully employed."

An in-depth article detailing the job search of the older worker in Canada, including comparisons to other demographics of job searchers.

One author's perspective on recovering from a poor workplace experience: a poor performance review, an unexpected lay-off, or a mean boss.

There are some useful tips for "Bouncing Back" at the bottom of the article by the same author.