Employment & Training Programs

Apprenticeship Pays

Tel:  613-235-4004
Email:  info@caf-fca.org
Web:    www.apprenticeshippays.com

This website provides information about the benefits of hiring an apprentice and allows for a forum to discuss with other business about apprenticeship in the workplace. 

Every apprentice you hire does something to improve your productivity, your competitive edge and your bottom  line.   The revenue-cost benefit is about $1.47, on average, for every dollar you invest in training. That’s almost a 50% return.

The BEST thing is you are developing the certified tradespeople to keep our business growing … AND to keep our TRADE growing and adapting to industry changes. That’s good for everyone ... and it’s great for Canada’s future.   You may be a small or medium sized business, but you would be making a huge difference. It’s easier than you think, and this website will help.

Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit

Tel: 1-800-262-0784 ext. 5450
Web: www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/credit/attc/ 

This program of the Ministry of Finance provides a refundable tax credit for businesses employing apprentices in certain skilled trades during the first 36 months of an apprenticeship program. The value of the assistance is 25% of eligible expenditures up to a maximum tax credit of $5,000 per qualifying apprentice per taxation year.

Career Edge for Recent Graduates

Tel: 416-977-3343 / 1-888-507-3343
Web: www.careeredge.ca/en/employers/entry-level-talent

Career Edge is an employer-driven organization that provides 6, 9 and 12-month internships to post-secondary graduates (university bachelor’s degree or college diploma/certificate). It provides employers with access to a database of over 11,000 graduates in a wide variety of fields. The employers incur a total cost of approximately $27,454 for a 12-month internship, of which $22,000 is a stipend for the student. Firms must also provide students with designated mentors and meet Career Edge’s host agreement and code of conduct guidelines.

Career Focus – Biotechnology Wage Subsidy Program

Tel: 613-235-1402 / 1-866-243-2472
Web: www.biotalent.ca/default_e.asp?id=76

Canadian biotechnology employers, particularly small ventures, are eligible to receive up to $10,634 in federal wage subsidies for hiring new graduates into biotechnology-related positions. To be eligible, firms must provide a full-time contract at a minimum of 4 months to prospective participants. In addition, they must develop a formal learning plan prior to the start of the placement.

Career Focus Program 2

Web:   www.fphrc.ca/en/careers/cfp2.aspx

The Career Focus Program 2 provides employers with up to $20,000 in matching funds to create internship opportunities for recent graduates from agriculture-related programs.

For employers, the program offers an economical way to attract new talent and helps provide new graduates with a valuable first job that will help pave the way to a career in the ever-changing agriculture and agri-food industry.

Eligible employers:

  • Must offer projects that will give graduates meaningful agriculture career-related work experiences in Canada and skills acquisition through mentoring and coaching
  • Could include organizations such as farm businesses, industry, not-for-profit organizations, provincial and municipal governments, associations, boards, councils, colleges and universities

Eligible employees:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  • Must be 30 years old or younger
  • Must have graduated from a university, college, CEGEP or provincial institution within the last three years, specializing in biology, agriculture, veterinary sciences or applied technology

Community Employment Choices

Tel: 519-245-4500
Web: www.communityemploymentchoices.ca
Location: 16B Second St; Strathroy, ON

Community Employment Choices provides employers with local labour market information, recruitment assistance and incentives for wages, apprenticeship and placement.   No cost services for employers in Middlesex County communities:

  • local labour market information
  • job postings
  • Incentives to support wages, apprenticeship and placement

No cost services for job seekers:

  • Job search support
  • Career planning
  • Training information
  • Job placement opportunities 

Co-operative Education Tax Credit (CETC)

Tel: 1-866-668-8297
Web: www.rev.gov.on.ca/en/credit/cetc/index.html

The CETC is administered through the Canada Revenue Agency on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Revenue. It reimburses employers 25% of eligible expenditures for co-operative placement expenses to a maximum of $3,000. Smaller business may be eligible for a higher credit rate of 30%. Eligible expenditures for reimbursement include salaries, wages and taxable benefits paid to the student, or fees paid to an employment agency with respect to the services of the hired student. Work placements must last a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks and be administered in conjunction with an academic program.

Employer Signing Bonus

Tel:  1-800-387-5656
Web:  www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/employers/emp_bonus.html

The $2,000 Employment Signing Bonus encourages employers in the trades to register new apprentices in sectors where there is a high demand for skilled workers. This initiative will assist employers to hire and register apprentices who have left school and require upgrading to meet the registration standards for apprenticeship training.

Employment Placement Program – Ontario Works– County of Middlesex Office

Tel: 519-434-7321 x2281
Web: www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/ow/help/employment_activities.aspx

Individuals eligible for financial assistance under Ontario Works gain access to a number of employment assistance programs including job-specific skills training, literacy screening and training, Learning, Earning and Parenting (LEAP) and placement services. Local Ontario Works offices arrange for connections and interview preparation between their clients and local businesses. Employers hiring Ontario Works clients are eligible for funding to offset the employee’s formal and on-the-job training.

Environmental Youth Corporation (EYC) Internship Program

Tel: 403-233-0748
Web: www.eco.ca/portal/viewContent.aspx?display=internships

The EYC Internship Program is administered through the Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada. ECO Canada offers employed or unemployed post-secondary graduates the opportunity to gain work experience in the environmental profession. Approved employers can select an intern from ECO Canada’s pre-screened candidates and recruit a suitable candidate independently or using the ECO Job Board. These businesses can receive up to $12,000 in wage subsidies to support intern positions for post-secondary graduates.

First Job Initiative

Tel:  1-866-759-6014, ext 4223
Web:  http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/industry/first-job.htm

OCE's First Job Initiative helps Ontario companies hire knowledgeable, highly-skilled graduates from Ontario colleges and universities. Employment opportunities are in research and development with the goal of developing new products, services and processes, giving host companies the chance to expand their capabilities.

Established companies could receive support for up to 50 percent of the recruit's salary, to a maximum of $25,000. Start-up companies are eligible for support for up to 80 percent of the recruit's salary, to a maximum of $50,000. Host companies provide the remaining salary and benefits.

How to apply?

The first step is to complete the Expression of Interest form available on the website. Expression of Interest forms are accepted on a continuous intake basis.   First Job staff will use the information in your Expression of Interest to determine your eligibility and will notify you within seven days. If you company is eligible, you will receive full application details.  Full applications submitted to the program are reviewed monthly. The dates are posted on the website.

Hire Local Talent - Post Secondary School Programs & Graduates

Web: www.investinmiddlesex.ca/sites/default/files/HireLocalTalent.pdf

Published by the Elgin, MIddlesex, Oxford Workforce Planning & Development Board, this publication lists the post secondary school programs and employment ontario service providers for the Middlesex-London region.

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) – Collaborative Research Internship Program / Internship Program with Innovative SMEs

Tel: 416-973-4484 / 1-877-994-4727
Web: www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/ibp/irap.html

Innovative SMEs can receive up to $15,000 toward the salary of a new post-secondary graduate hire. To be eligible, firms must have less than 500 employees, be incorporated and for-profit, and be willing and able to partner with an IRAP Industrial Technology advisor and an NRC or CRC laboratory to develop and submit a proposal. Qualifying internships last between 6 and 12 months. 

Job Creation Partnership – Service Canada

Tel: 1-800-622-6232
Web: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/sid/cia/grants/jcp/desc_jcp.shtml

The federal Job Creation Partnerships are delivered by Human Resource and Skill Development Canada via Labour Market Develop Agreements with the provinces. Employment Ontario is the administering agency in Ontario and individuals who are unemployed (as defined by the Employment Insurance Act) can apply for assistance. Sponsor organizations can include businesses, governments and institutions. Funding granted to sponsor organizations varies and the maximum duration of any partnership is 52 weeks.

Keg Spirit Foundation

Web:  http://www.kegsteakhouse.com/en/foundation/apply-for-a-grant/

The Keg Spirit Foundation will consider funding for both new and established projects based on the following criteria: 

  • The organization must hold, in good standing, a current charity registration number. 
  • The project must relate to children or youth in some way. 
  • The program should contain a mentoring component.

Each year, The Keg Spirit Foundation will make grants to successful applicants. Grants are typically in the range of $2,000 to $5,000. The application process consists of two-stages: an initial Letter of Interest, which if invited, is followed by a full proposal.

Letters of Interest may be submitted throughout the calendar year and are reviewed on an ongoing basis. If an organization is chosen for further consideration, they will be invited to submit a full proposal that will consist of a more detailed application. Please note that funding decisions are traditionally made in the first quarter of the year based on the prior year’s proposals.

All applications are to be sent to The Keg Spirit Foundation at the address below. Please note that we request complete written information, as we will evaluate all proposals based on the information provided. Respectfully, we request that correspondence be via mail or fax.

The Keg Spirit Foundation - Review Committee
Keg Restaurants Ltd.
10100 Shellbridge Way
Richmond, B.C. V6X 2W7
Fax: (403) 670-8839

Mitacs-Accelerate Research Internship Program

Tel:  905-921-7557
web:  www.mitacs.ca

Through Mitacs-Accelerate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from over 50 universities apply their specialized expertise to business research challenges.  Armed with the very latest tools, techniques,
and innovations, the intern (a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow) brings a new perspective to the problem faced by the industry partner.

  • Interns spend approximately half of the time on-site with the industry partner; the remainder is spent at the university advancing the research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.
  • Open to all disciplines, projects can span a wide range of areas, including: manufacturing, technical innovation, business processes, IT, social sciences, design, and more.

Through unique research and training programs, Mitacs is developing the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills. In partnership with companies, government and academia, Mitacs is supporting a new economy using Canada’s most valuable resource – its people.

To learn more about Mitacs and the programs we offer, visit www.mitacs.ca

Specialized Language Training Pilot Project

Tel: 1-800-267-7329
Web: www.ontarioimmigration.ca/OI/en/learn/OI_LEARN_SPECIALIZED.html

This pilot project is being administered by 15 school boards throughout Ontario and is funded within the province’s budget for adult non-credit ESL/FSL training. Each school board offers sector-specific training for newcomers to enhance their language skills and improve their job prospects in their chosen fields, according to the needs of the local labour market. The Thames Valley District School Board (Tel: 519-452-2000) offers language training focused on the healthcare sector.

Targeted Wage Subsidies- Service Canada

Tel: 1-800-277-9914
Web: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/ebsm/index.shtml

The Targeted Wage Subsidies (TWS) assist unemployed eligible individuals and employers in the improvement of their skills and employability. Businesses, organizations, municipalities, band/tribal councils, public health and educational institutions, and provincial/territorial governments are eligible for assistance. Employers benefit from financial assistance in the form of a subsidy, which is intended to cover the cost of the participant’s wage.

Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) – Safe Communities Incentive Program

Tel: 1-800-387-0750
Web: www.wsib.on.ca/wsib/wsibsite.nsf/public/PreventionTIP#incentive

WSIB member firms can receive a 5% rebate on their WSIB insurance premiums by having the owner/senior manager complete a training program which covers issues such as hazard identification and control, emergency response, and leadership in health and safety. The firm must also work with an approved provider and currently be paying less than $90,000 in annual WSIB premiums.

Work-Sharing – Service Canada

Tel: 1-866-891-5319
Web: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/work_sharing/index.shtml

The work-sharing program is a temporary EI benefit program designed to help employers retain workers and workers to keep their jobs when there is a “reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer”. Employers must demonstrate the need for a reduction in hours and the nature of the work shortage, with a demonstrated decrease in sales/orders of at least 10%. Work-sharing agreements must include a reduction of between 20% and 60% of the employee’s usual schedule, and all hours worked must be reported. Agreements must last between 6 and 52 weeks.

Youth Employment Fund

Web:  http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/employmentontario/youthfund/

For youth who are unemployed, not in school full-time and between 15 and 29, Ontario will do more to help you connect with employers and get a job placement of four to six months.

We will provide incentives to employers to help cover the cost of wages and training for new hires and help youth cover costs like transportation or tools required for the job.

Job placements will provide more opportunities for youth to build skills and confidence, get valuable work experience and connect with employers.

Who is eligible
You may be eligible if you are:

  • between 15 and 29 years of age
  • unemployed
  • not attending school full-time and
  • a resident of Ontario.

We will make special effort to help youth facing barriers to work, including:

  • Youth on social assistance
  • Aboriginal youth
  • Youth with a disability
  • Youth with a poor history of educational attainment or employability
  • Youth in communities with high youth unemployment.

How to apply

You can book an appointment now with an Employment Service representative near you.  We will assess your skills, education, work experience and interests to help find a suitable program or job placement and decide together how you can achieve your goals.

Youth Employment Strategy (YES)

Tel: 1-800-935-5555
Web:  www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/newprog/yesprograms.shtml

The YES program is a federal career and skill-development strategy for young people (ages 15-30), which encompasses a broad range of federal departments, programs and funding agencies. The major sponsor is Human Resources and Skill Development Canada (HRSDC). The strategy includes three key programs: Career Focus, which funds employers that hire and develop post-secondary graduates; Skills Link, which funds community organizations that help youth address barriers to employment; and the Summer Work Experience program, which provides wage subsidies to employers that create summer positions for secondary and post-secondary students.