Registered Nurse (RN)- Mat Leave Contract

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Registered Nurse

Mat Leave Contract- 35 hours/week

Covenant House helps youth ignite their potential and reclaim their lives. As Canada’s largest agency serving youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk, we offer the widest range of 24-7 services to more than 300 young people each day. 

As a national leader, we educate and advocate for long-term change to improve the lives of vulnerable youth. This includes influencing public policy, leading awareness and prevention programs and continually building and sharing our knowledge. As a learning organization, we strive for excellence and programs with impact.

More than a place to stay, we provide life-changing care with unconditional love and respect. We meet youth’s immediate needs and then we work together to achieve their future goals. We offer housing options, health and well-being support, training and skill development, and ongoing care once youth move into the community.

Thanks to our donors, who contribute almost 80 per cent of our $33-million annual operating budget, we are able to deliver these comprehensive programs and services.

Since 1982, Covenant House has supported more than 100,000 young people.

Position Overview:

The Registered Nurse will practice within Covenant House Toronto’s healthcare clinic and affiliated Covenant House Toronto program areas, serving at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth. The primary care clinic is nurse-led and includes an inter professional team of registered nurses, nurse practitioners, family physicians, psychiatrists, an adolescent medicine specialist, and a mental health and substance use counselor who see youth for a wide range of health-related matters including: mental health challenges, pregnancy, sexual health, acute and chronic illness, transgender care, health promotion and disease prevention, and substance use. We utilize a trauma informed, strength based model of healthcare delivery.


  • Availability to work flexible hours including days and evenings
  • Providing health assessment, intervention, education and follow up care
  • Performing nursing acts and delegated controlled acts in accordance with the College of Nurses of Ontario practice standards, and the policies and procedures of Covenant House and the Healthcare Services department
  • Performing triage for nurse practitioners/physicians/psychiatrists and assisting providers in care delivery
  • Participation, as a member of the multidisciplinary case management team, in development of an individualized plan of care for youth
  • Providing internal and external linkages, resources and advocacy
  • Working with diverse communities, particularly those that are marginalized
  • Crisis prevention and intervention
  • Participation in community health promotion by assessing health needs, implementing and evaluating programs based on identified need and teaching clients and team members about best practice and evidence based care
  • Developing, supervising and evaluating clinical placements nursing students in consultation with their specific educational facilities
  • Participating in team meetings, professional development, and supervisory sessions as required
  • Participating in advising on and implementing healthcare related policies for Covenant House Toronto
  • Assisting in the general duties of running a clinic


Qualification, Experience:

  • Current registration in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree
  • Preference will be given to candidates with primary care experience, preferably working with youth who have experienced homelessness or those facing barriers to accessing health care
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience practicing within a strengths-based, trauma-informed, harm reduction framework
  • Knowledge of mental health disorders and substance use


Interested candidates should submit their resume along with a cover letter


We thank all applicants however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


At Covenant House Toronto we believe in a workplace culture of inclusion that is welcoming, respectful and safe for all staff. It is critical to Covenant House Toronto success to eliminate barriers and promote the inclusion of equity groups. Equity groups have been, and continue to be, underrepresented and marginalized in the workforce, leadership roles, and in some specific occupations. Equity groups include but may not be limited to Indigenous persons, racialized people, gender diverse people, 2SLGBTQIA+ people, and people with disabilities.

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Covenant House Policy on Accommodation, a request for accommodation will be accepted as part of the Covenant House recruitment process.