A Social Purpose Food Skills Employability Program

Gather Culinary Academy is Hamilton’s first free culinary job training program for people living in poverty and
seeking to enter or re-enter the workforce in the culinary arts. This program is led by Indwell, a local charity that creates affordable housing communities to alleviate poverty and support skill-building that leads to independence. Partnering with the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Health Sciences, and Compass Group Canada, this intensive program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become successfully employed in the culinary industry.

“... our students are given the tools to have great impact on the community and culinary world.”
Two of my great passions are food and people, I am so excited to share these passions at Gather Culinary Academy. I truly believe our students are being given the tools to have great impact on the community and culinary world.
Chef Tyler McDonald

Dates & Location

Our first session is full!
Please check back for future opportunities.

Course Schedule

topics covered


  1. Must be currently receiving O.W. or O.D.S.P.
  2. Attend info session.
  3. Must attend and complete all training dates.
  4. Must be 18 or older. 
  5. Police clearance may be required. 
  6. ESL Level 4/5 – must be able to communicate and understand. 
  7. Must have daycare in place.

Please contact me about future sessions of Gather Culinary Academy!


We’d like to recognize the incredible partners that have come alongside Indwell to make this project happen. Key partners in the financial and practical support of the program include The City of Hamilton, Compass Group Canada, and Hamilton Health Sciences.

We need your help. There many ways that you can support this life-changing work. Please consider the following opportunities:

about us

Indwell is a Christian charity that creates affordable housing communities that support people seeking health, wellness and belonging. Our programs support more than 550 households in Hamilton, Woodstock, Simcoe, and London.

© 2021 Indwell Community Homes. Charitable registration no. 131295198RR0001.

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