Covid-19 update: While this program is normally offered in three kitchen locations, until physical meetings can resume, the program is taking place online.

The Walima Arab Kitchen is a project of the Arab Community Centre of Toronto. It is is a wrap-around, strength-based, client-centred project targeting refugee and other newcomer women.

Over a period of three months, this project aims to deliver an innovative and targeted approach to the settlement and integration of newcomer refugee women, as it addresses three essential aspects of the process:

  • practical language acquisition,
  • psychosocial support; and
  • employment.

It seeks to empower vulnerable newcomer women with low English skills, no Canadian work experience, and lack of social connection, to learn English, catering, and life skills, while cooking and sharing thoughts and experiences.

While the program is being delivered online, topics covered include:

  • Safe food handling;
  • Informal and occupational English conversation;
  • Fundamentals of opening a small business; and
  • Psychosocial support.

Around 80% of previous participants have joined the food business or opened up their own catering businesses.


This program is delivered in Arabic, with interpretation and translation support. The stated minimum requirement is CLB1, but women with even less proficiency in English may be accepted.

Starting dates:

Cohorts normally begin four times a year, in January, April, July, and October. However, participants may join ongoing sessions at any time.


Refugee or other newcomer women.

For more information or to register:

Contact Lodi Awad directly @ 437 217 3940; or through the ACCT office at 416 231 7746.