Employment

Training for Employment Support Services (TESS)

This FREE course is designed to provide settlement service providers with the knowledge, skills, and tools to understand and address the needs, challenges and opportunities for clients seeking employment. Ultimately, the goal of this course is to prepare learners to provide excellent employment-related services, support, referrals and advocacy to immigrants, refugees and all/any migrants, by understanding the big issues that impact migrant communities in the areas of employment, developing a critical analysis, and learning about promising innovative practices.

Ontario Passes the Working for Workers Act

Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, issued the following statement in recognition of the passing of the Working for Workers Act, 2021:

“Our government is working for workers everyday to help them earn bigger paycheques, stay safe, and have better opportunities. We are determined to rebalance the scales and put workers in the driver’s seat of Ontario’s economic growth while attracting the best workers to our great province.

Door opens to Chatham-Kent’s agricultural workers

Oct 19, 2021 - There has been broad praise for changes to Canada’s immigration policy announced earlier this year that provide a path to permanent residency for temporary foreign workers – including agricultural workers.

In Chatham-Kent, workers the Caribbean, Latin America and other countries are essential to agriculture. Without their efforts, the great diversity of agriculture in the municipality would not be possible.

Joe Sbrocchi, general manager of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, said farm organizations have supported the idea for some time.

Government of Canada highlights support for approximately 1,300 projects under the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative

August 4, 2021 - Toronto, Ontario - Employment and Social Development Canada

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, highlighted federal investments of up to $96 million through the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative.

Google Canada commits $2 million to reskill job seekers

May 18 2021 - Google Canada announced a $2 million commitment to help train Canadian job seekers for new careers in technology.

The initiative includes a three-year Google.org grant to NPower Canada to deliver Google Certificate programs and deploy 5,000 need-based scholarships to access the program. The goal is to train job seekers with new skills in under six months.

Ontario Provides More Than $1 Billion In Support for Small Business

March 2, 2021 - TORONTO — The Ontario government has to-date provided more than $1 billion through the Ontario Small Business Support Grant to help eligible business owners affected by the COVID-19 restrictions. The grant provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 and can be used in whatever way makes the most sense for individual businesses; from paying employee wages, to offsetting the cost of rent, to purchasing inventory.

Making it Easier for Businesses to Find Skilled Workers

Regional Immigration Pilot to Fill Labour Gaps, Attract Top Talent in Rural Ontario

BELLEVILLE - The Ontario Government is helping businesses in small and rural communities attract and retain skilled workers through a new Regional Immigration Pilot program. Chatham-Kent, Cornwall and Belleville/Quinte West were selected to participate in an effort to fulfill labour needs that are not currently being met locally.