Employing Young Talent Incentive (EYTI)
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.
For the Youth Job Connection (YJC) program, effective January 1, 2018 a retention payment of $1,000 will be payable to employers after 3 months, with a further $1,000 payable to employers after 6 months as an incentive to small and large businesses to retain youth typically left out of the workforce.
To be eligible to receive the EYTI benefit for hiring a young person, you must:
- prove you are licensed to operate in Ontario
- comply with workplace, human rights and labour legislation
- have workplace safety and liability insurance
- offer job opportunities taking place in Ontario
What is the Employment Service (ES) program?
Employment Service is one service in the suite of services and programs known as Employment Ontario. It is delivered by a network of third-party service providers. Find your nearest provider.
It provides all job seekers including youth in Ontario with access to all the employment services and supports they need in one location, so they can find and keep a job, apply for training and plan a career that’s right for them.
In 2016-17 there were 69,477 employment services assisted youth clients (29 and under) served through employment services.
What is the Youth Job Connection (YJC) program?
Youth Job Connection is one service in the suite of services and programs known as Employment Ontario. It is delivered by a network of third-party service providers. Find your nearest provider.
The Youth Job Connection program services youth aged 15 to 29 who are traditionally left out of the workforce by providing more intensive supports beyond job search and placement opportunities.
Questions and Answers:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.