Employing Young Talent Incentive (EYTI)

Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Job Grant. Programs delivered by the Government of Ontario.

Effective January 1, 2018, Ontario’s new Employing Young Talent Incentive (EYTI) is being offered to small businesses (fewer than 100 employees) who hire and retain youth 15 to 29 years old through Employment Service, and to all employers hiring through Youth Job Connection.

How it works:

As an employer, you benefit from hiring a young person. Through the Employing Young Talent Incentive, you will receive incentives of $1,000 to $2,000 as follows:

For Employment Service (ES)-assisted youth clients matched with a small business (less than 100 employees) between January 1, 2018 and March 31, 2018, the employer will be receive a $1,000 retention payment at three months followed by a $1,000 retention payment at six months.

For ES-assisted youth clients matched with a small business after April 1, 2018, the employer will receive $1,000 upon hiring, followed by an additional $1,000 retention payment at six months in the job.

Who Qualifies for the EYTI?

To qualify for the Employing Young Talent Incentive, the employer must:

Questions and Answers:

1. How much will employers receive through the Employing Young Talent Incentive?

Employers will receive a maximum of $2,000 to hire and retain youth (who are not benefiting from a current incentive) as follows:

  • For Employment Service (ES) assisted service youth clients matched with a small business (less than 100 employees):
  • after April 1, 2018, $1,000 upon hiring followed by an additional $1,000 retention payment at 6 months in the job.

These payments would be for employers who are not benefiting from a current incentive through ES.

  • For the Youth Job Connection (YJC) program a retention payment of $1,000 would be payable after 3 months with a further $1,000 payable after 6 months to incentivize small and large employers to retain multi-barriered (homelessness, lack of labour market experience, low levels of education etc.) youth for placements made after January 1, 2018.

This retention payment would be in addition to existing employer incentives eligible under YJC.

2. For the Employment Service Component, why are employers receiving a retention incentive of $1,000 after three months if they hire between January 1 and March 31, 2018, and a hiring incentive of $1,000 upon hiring after April 1, 2018. Why aren’t employers paid upon hiring between January 1 and March 31?

The ministry is officially launching these employer incentives in April 2018, at the start of the ministry’s fiscal year. Since the minimum wage increase takes effect in January 2018, and to support small employers, the ministry is allowing eligible employers who hired youth from January to March to also receive the incentive.

3. How do we define a “small business”?

A small business for the purposes of the incentive delivered under ES is a business with less than 100 employees. The incentive delivered under YJC is not limited to small businesses.

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