Founded in 1918, CNIB is one of Canada’s oldest and most respected charities. For 99 years, the organization has been Canada’s primary source of support for people who are blind or partially sighted, providing crucial vision loss rehabilitation services to thousands of Canadians each day.

With a dedicated team of approximately 700 staff members and thousands of volunteers across the country, CNIB is proud to be there, every step of the way, for people who are blind or partially sighted and their families, from the crucial early childhood years through adulthood and into the autumn of life. We also work diligently to increase public understanding of vision health, and to advocate proudly for an inclusive society where no citizen is left behind, regardless of vision loss.

CNIB has ambitious goals for the future. Through our new strategic plan, CNIB is working to ensure that every Canadian who is blind or partially sighted has access to the full range of services they need to increase their independence and have more control over their own lives.

For more information, please visit or call 1-800-563-2642.

CNIB Internship/Returnship Program

Are you a blind or partially sighted job seeker? CNIB has an exciting internship or returnship opportunity for someone that is looking to enter or re-enter the workforce. A "returnship" is an internship for someone who has work experience that is looking to re-enter the workforce.


February 12, 2018

Job Title:

Coordinator, Literacy – Internship/Returnship Position


6 months from start date


Toronto, ON

Pay Rate:

$15.00 per hour



Under the direction of Program Lead, Literacy, the Coordinator Literacy will assist with the research, development and implementation of literacy programs in the GTA.

Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):

  • Assist with the planning and coordination of all programs and event related to CNIB's Literacy programs, such as assisting with scheduling events, coordinating programs and tracking outcomes of program participants

  • regular follow up with potential and current program participants by phone, email and in person to survey their expectations for and satisfaction with literacy programs

  • research and connect with organizations offering comparable literacy programs to investigate cross-programming opportunities

  • develop relationships with volunteers interested in assisting with literacy programs

  • investigate new opportunities to market literacy programs

  • liaise with Marketing and Communication staff to ensure literacy programs and priorities are regularly and well represented

  • track and code program expenses

  • Ability to refer to the appropriate CNIB/VLRO Specialists.

  • Other duties as assigned


Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience):

  • Candidates must be blind or partially sighted in order to participate in the CNIB Internship/Returnship Program

  • Working towards post-secondary degree or diploma in a related field an asset

  • Volunteer engagement experience an asset

  • Personal or professional experience relating to blindness and vision loss is considered an asset

  • Familiar with accessible formats for reading, including DAISY, braille, Print Braille and e-books

  • Understand the relationships between CELA, CNIB Accessible Publishing and Canadian public libraries

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal)

  • Knowledge of the literacy challenges and considerations for various age groups

  • Connections to literacy-focused community organizations an asset, especially in the areas of diversity and accessibility

  • Proficient use of social media

  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint

  • Must be mature and responsible.

  • Must be able to work independently

  • Must be able to travel independently within the region via public transit or car (taxi, Uber etc.)


Closing Date for Applications: March 9, 2018

Please Send the Application To: and quote the job title in the subject line

Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position.

CNIB strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. CNIB is committed to following recruitment and selection practices based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment with CNIB.

To help ensure that this commitment is met, CNIB is committed to working with all candidates that require an accommodation. If you require an accommodation, please state in your cover letter what accommodation you require and CNIB will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.