Eligibility Requirements to Access Wage / Training Incentive Programs
- be unemployed or working less than 20 hours per week
- not be attending school full-time
- be a resident of Ontario
- provide employment in Ontario
- put participants on their payroll and must be paid at least minimum wage
- provide permanent employment
- offer proper training and adequate supervision
- comply with the Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act
- be licensed to operate in Ontario, have a Federal Business number, Third Party Liability Insurance and appropriate safety insurance coverage either through the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) or private insurance company
- negotiate a placement contract with a Job Developer from Job Zone d’emploi (the length and amount of the contract varies depending on the position and the participant’s qualifications)
Employers Must Not:
- use placement services to replace existing or laid-off employees
- begin placement prior to having the placement contract signed
- hire a relative, i.e. son, daughter, spouse, brother, sister, etc.
- be an Employment Ontario Employment Service provider
- displace permanent employees
As well, employers must commit to:
- developing a relevant training/work experience plan that will help the participant achieve his/her employment goal
- providing feedback and assessments of a participant’s skill level
- having potential for long-term employment/contract position for the participant
Wage / Incentive Programs
Canada Ontario Job Grant (COJG)
The objective of the COJG is to provide direct financial support to employers who wish to purchase training for potential or existing employees. Employers choose the individuals they would like to have trained, and the training that meets their workforce development needs. The cost of training is a shared investment between employers and the Provincial and Federal Governments.
Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Job Grant.
Programs delivered by the Government of Ontario.
Youth Job Connection (YJC)
The objective of this program is to prepare youth ages 15-29 by providing pre-employment training to promote job-readiness; Job matching and paid job placements, with placement supports for participants and hiring incentives for employers; Mentorship services; and Education and work transitions support.
In addition; employers are eligible to receive EYTI (Employing Young Talent Incentive) for youth who remain employed for a minimum 20 hours per week.
This Employment Ontario service is funded by the Government of Ontario.
Job Matching and Placement (JMP)
The objective of this program is to provide wage incentives to offset employer costs, such as the temporary loss of productivity, increased supervision requirements and other expenses involved in hiring new employees.
This Employment Ontario service is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
Supported Employment (SE)
The Supported Employment program provides employment services to people who self-identify as having a disability who want more intensive support services. The program will offer the flexibility and choice needed to meet a broad range of needs, including job readiness, job matching and long-term job retention services.
This Employment Ontario service is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement.