Programs & Incentives

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This Employment Ontario service is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

Hiring incentives help offset the costs of onboarding and training new employees

Hiring incentives are designed to support employers who help unemployed workers enter or re-enter the workforce and maintain employment.

These incentives provide support for on-the-job training, including apprenticeship training, and work experience opportunities.

Speak to a YMCA Job Developer today to learn more about hiring incentives available for your business. Call 519-371-9222 ext. 6 or email employment@osgb.ymca.ca

We have been using YMCA Employment Services at our 2 grocery stores Owen Sound Foodland and Markdale Foodland for a number of years now. We have a great repore with the YMCA - and they understand the sense of urgency for the new hires in our business. I would strongly recommend them to other businesses.

Billy Graham, Owner - Markdale Foodland, Owen Sound Foodland

Hire a young person

Help youth in your community gain valuable work experience.

Youth Job Connection provides paid pre-employment training, job opportunities and mentorship to youth aged 15-29. As an employer you have the opportunity to provide valuable work experience to youth in your community while receiving a hiring incentive to help offset the costs of training and onboarding

Program benefits for employers:

  • connect with candidates who are ready to work and motivated to succeed
  • receive pre-screened youth referrals who have completed pre-employment training
  • financial incentives to offset on-boarding and training costs
  • unique opportunities to support and mentor youth in the community

To be eligible for a hiring incentive, an employer must:

  • be licensed to operate in Ontario
  • provide employment in Ontario
  • demonstrate the ability to provide the trainee with adequate supervision and the training described in the training plan
  • place trainees on the company’s payroll and provide the same employment terms, conditions and benefits as regular employees
  • comply with all applicable legislation, including federal/provincial human rights legislation, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Employment Standards Act, and freedom of information and protection of privacy legislation
  • maintain appropriate WSIB or private workplace insurance coverage and have adequate third party general liability insurance

A YMCA Job Developer can help you identify opportunities suitable for a hiring incentives.

Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Funding to help businesses pay for training of current or onboarding employees. The Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) provides an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.

This grant provides direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their employees. It is available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees.

Employers must:

  • employ the individual selected for training
  • be licensed to operate in Ontario
  • be applying for job related training that is delivered in Ontario
  • comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act
  • maintain appropriate Workplace Safety and Insurance Board or private workplace safety insurance coverage
  • have adequate third-party general liability insurance, as advised by its insurance broker
  • make minimum cash and in-kind contributions towards training costs
  • not be in receipt of other government funds related to the same skills training for the same individual
  • not use training participants to displace existing staff or replace staff who are on lay-off

Training Options:

  • employer decides on the training needed
  • employer identifies the staff (new or existing) to be trained
  • employer chooses the trainer:
    • College of Applied Arts and Technology
    • Publicly-assisted Universities
    • School board
    • Private trainer operating in compliance with Private Career Colleges Act 2005
    • Union based training centres, sector councils, industry associations
  • training must not exceed one year in duration; can be online, on-site, off-site or a combination

Speak with a YMCA Job Developer today to discuss how the Canada-Ontario Job Grant can help your team upgrade their skills. Call 519-371-9222 ext. 6 or email employment@osgb.ymca.ca

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

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant has allowed us to upgrade the skills of our team in order to meet the needs of our customers. The staff at the YMCA in Owen Sound was professional and knowledgeable in helping us apply for this funding.

- Brad Forrest, Breaker Technology
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Hire an apprentice

Apprenticeship Signing Bonus

Participating in an apprenticeship program ensures you will have an employee who is not only trained to provincial industry standards but also understands your unique workplace conditions. YMCA Employment Services will help you recruit an apprentice who has demonstrated an interest in your trade and is ready to work. You may be eligible to receive hiring incentives as well as an Employer Signing Bonus when you hire and register a new apprentice, which includes:

1. Employer receives initial $1,000 when an individual's registered apprenticeship training agreement is signed/registered with the Ministry.

2. Employer receives final $1,000 payment six months from the signing/registration date, if the apprentice is still working and training with the same employer.

Speak with a YMCA Job Developer today to learn more about hiring incentives and services available to help you hire and retain apprentices.

Learn more about Apprenticeship and Money for Employers on Ontario.ca

Save Time & Money by Working With YMCA Job Developer

We help local businesses in Grey County find and hire the right employees for their business. A YMCA Job Developer will work with you to:

  • Review and understand your hiring needs
  • Match qualified candidates to your job openings
  • Create job ads and post them on our online job board
  • Collect resumes and pre-screen candidates
  • Provide a hiring incentive when you hire unemployed people who need some training, and help develop the training plan
  • Identify and resolve workplace issues with participants to assist with employee retention

Ready to connect with qualified job seekers in your community?

Request an appointment with one of our Job Developers today!

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