Employment Options

Employment Options Emploi

Employment Options Emploi offers a range of services and supports to respond to the career and employment needs of individuals and the skilled labour needs of employers, and can help individuals on a path to higher skill training and employment.

Services can be provided in English and French and are available to anyone, including people with jobs, those who are unemployed or under-employed, students, apprentices, internationally trained individuals, and employers. Services consist of a full range of both unassisted and assisted service components.

Delivering Employment Ontario’s Employment Services as part of the Ontario College system, our goal is your goal – to help job seekers find sustainable employment, and employers find suitable employees.

Our ‘start-to-finish’ Employment Services work in partnership with job seekers and employers to identify needs, lay out a clear service plan, ensure access to the services and information required (including external services), and provides direct employment services such as job search assistance, job matching and placement, and job retention support and follow-up. Our success is measured by your success and satisfaction.


Kirkland Lake and Area
140 Government Rd East
Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 3L8
Tel: (705) 567-9238
Toll: 1-877-667-9238
Fax: (705) 567-9480
Email: KL.EmploymentServices@northern.on.ca
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Temiskaming Shores and Area
290 Armstrong St.
New Liskeard, ON P0J 1P0
Tel: (705) 672-5244
Fax: (705) 647-3094
Email: NL.EmploymentServices@northern.on.ca
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Timmins and Area
330 Second Avenue, Suite 104
Timmins, ON P4N 8A4
Tel: (705) 268-3033
Fax: (705) 268-3035
Email: ti.EmploymentServices@northern.on.ca
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Services for Job Seekers

Your job is out there, we will help you find it!

Job Search Support
One-on-one support to assist with job search strategies. Access our continuously updated job bank opportunities and local labour market information. Use of computers, internet, telephones, fax and photocopier for job search purposes. Material and websites on training, education and career opportunities and choices.

Job Placements and Incentives
We can refer you to local job opportunities year-round and will act as a liaison with employers and trainees to negotiate job opportunities and to develop suitable training plans. We monitor any placements we secure for you to evaluate the trainee’s progress and to provide a final evaluation of placement and continued employment support as required.

Services are free and are available to assist you with your job search all year round. We can help you with many aspects of your job search

Job Application & Interview Preparation
We provide one-on-one support to assist with resume and cover letter writing to help you stand out and showcase your skills. Our employment counsellors can also provide tips and strategies to help you prepare and perform well in interviews.

Additional Education, Training, and Funding Support
Our intake assessment helps us evaluate your skills, interests, experience to determine the optimal employment opportunities for you, as well as any training or education opportunities, such as eligibility to Better Jobs Ontario funding (formerly known as Second Career). A customized service plan is prepared to set realistic short-term and long-term career goals.

Employment Programs

Employment Programs

Passport to Safety supports the vision that young Canadians have the power to influence the evolution of safe workplace cultures. All students are provided with the opportunity to complete at no cost.

A variety of government programs exist to help students gain valuable on the job work experience. Wage subsidy programs provide assistance to employers wishing to provide work experience to students during the summer.

Don’t forget your Social Insurance Number (SIN) in order to be hired by an employer. Application can be made at your local Service Canada office.

Employment Standards

Employment Standards in Ontario
A law called the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) sets minimum standards for things like pay, hours and time off. Most workplaces in Ontario must follow this law and your rights are the same whether you work full-time or part-time. Signs that your employer may not be respecting your employment rights:

  • Not getting paid on ti me. no pay stub and no time to eat
  • Not paid for extra hours and no public holiday pay
  • Unexplained deductions from your pay

To learn more, visit the Ministry of Labour’s website for more resources, tools, videos, podcasts.
Ontario.ca/employmentstandards | Ontario.ca/youngworkers

Your Rights @ Work
This info sheet is a great resource to inform young workers about their workplace rights:

What is the purpose of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA)?
The ESA sets out the rights and responsibilities of both employees and employers in Ontario workplaces. It also contains provisions that apply to people who are seeking employment with temporary help agencies and, in some cases, to clients of such agencies, even though the client business is not the employer of the person filing a claim under the ESA. www.labour.gov.on.ca

Other government sites that can be of support for employee issues and concerns:

What about employment insurance and records of employment?
These come under the jurisdiction of the federal government Employment and Social Development.

What are the rules about sexual harassment, harassment and discrimination?
For information, call your local Ontario Human Rights Commission office.

Are Unpaid Internships Legal in Ontario?
An internship can be valuable if a student receives academic credit or other benefits in exchange for their unpaid labour. Generally, an internship refers to a work arrangement which involves a person working at a business, receiving or not receiving pay for that work. The fact that you are called an “intern” does not determine whether or not you are entitled to the protections of the Employment Standards Act, 2000, including the minimum wage. To learn more about Ontario’s rules with respect to internships visit: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/internships.php

Deductions from wages
Some employers require you to pay for items like personal uniforms as a condition of having a job. However, deductions like these from your wages may only be made if you agree in writing to have a specified amount deducted. If a customer leaves without paying or your error costs your employer money, that amount cannot be deducted from your wages. To learn more, watch the Ministry of Labour’s video on Illegal Deductions from Wages.

Mandatory Employment Standards Poster
Your employer is required to post the most recent version of the Ministry of Labour’s “What You Should Know About the Ontario Employment Standards Act” in the workplace where it is likely that employees will see it. The poster describes important rights and responsibilities under the Employment Standards Act, 2000. A new version of the poster just came out in June 2014 and it can be downloaded from the Ontario Ministry of Labour website for free at Ontario.ca/ESAposter.

The Employment Standards Information Centre
If you have a question or would like to speak to one of the Ministry of Labour’s experts call the Employment Standards Information Centre.

Service is available in multiple languages:
416-326-7160 (Greater Toronto Area)
1-800-531-5551 (Toll-free)
1-866-567-8893 (TTY for hearing impaired)

Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship

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Build a rewarding career with a skilled trade! Did you know that skilled workers are in high demand in Ontario’s rapidly changing workforce? Our employment consultant can assist you in career assessment as well as researching and choosing which trade is best for you. We can also provide information and assistance in applying for various programs available to both employers and apprentices.

Getting a job in the skilled trades is just the first step in learning new technologies that will let you build a rewarding career. Jobs in skilled trades pay well and challenge your intellect and creativity. Better still, you can earn a pay cheque while you learn. Choosing a skilled trade and apprenticeship is an excellent post-secondary education option as you will have hands-on training and an opportunity to “earn while you learn”. While on an apprenticeship employers will train you to become a skilled tradesperson through on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

There are over 200 trades (both regulated and non-regulated) in Canada to choose from. Generally, these trades fall within four main categories:

  • Construction – electricians, carpenters, plumbers, pipefitters, welders, heavy equipment operators, painters, etc.
  • Motive Power – automotive service technicians, aviation technicians, automotive painters, fuel/electrical systems technicians, etc.
  • Manufacturing – tool & die makers, industrial mechanics (millwrights), precision metal fabricators, etc.
  • Service – horticulturalists, chefs, florists, etc. (see www.apprenticetrades.ca for more information).

Apprenticeship programs are regulated by provincial and territorial governments. Each province and territory is responsible for deciding whether a trade is going to be designated as compulsory or voluntary. If a trade is compulsory, the legislation will generally say that in order to work in that trade, you have to be a qualified journey person or an apprentice working under the supervision of a journeyperson. This typically comes into play in areas involving public safety (i.e. an electrician). Learn more about Regulated Trades here.

The first step to becoming an apprentice is to find a job. This is like any other job search, except that you are looking for an employer to hire you as an apprentice. When you have found a job, some provinces and territories require you to complete a probationary period before entering into an apprenticeship agreement. Apprenticeships usually begin with a period of work followed by in-school technical training sessions that are generally scheduled in each year of a three to five year period, depending on the trade. In some trades, apprenticeships begin with in-school technical training sessions. Various organizations such as trade associations, unions, and provincial governments are able to provide assistance in becoming an apprentice. More info can be found at www.apprenticetrades.ca for more information.

Ontario Apprenticeship Scholarship and Employer Signing Bonus

The $1,000 Apprenticeship Scholarship and $2,000 Employer Signing Bonus initiative encourages employers to hire, register and train an apprentice and also provides support to individuals who require upgrading to meet the academic eligibility requirements for apprenticeship training in their chosen trade. This initiative will assist employers to hire and register as apprentices, individuals who have left school prior to completing the minimum academic requirements for apprenticeship registration. Applicants must first complete their academic upgrading in order to become a registered apprentice.

Apprenticeship Scholarship – Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for an apprenticeship scholarship, the participant must:

  • Demonstrate an interest in the skilled trades/apprenticeship
  • Be unable to meet the academic eligibility requirement for the trade in which they wish to register as an apprentice.
  • Be committed to meeting the necessary academic requirements for their chosen apprenticeship program within one year.

Apprenticeship scholarships are awarded $1,000 to participants when the individual is registered for and actively upgrading; and, is employed and has a registered apprenticeship training agreement or contract with the ministry.

Apprenticeship Employer Signing Bonus for Employers – Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for a signing bonus, the employer must:

  • Meet all requirements of employers, as per section 3.4 of the ES program guidelines, and
  • Commit to a relevant apprenticeship training plan for the participant.

Signing bonuses are awarded to the employer in two payments:

  • An initial $1,000 payment when an individual’s apprenticeship training agreement or apprenticeship contract is signed/registered with the ministry; and
  • A final $1,000 payment six months from the apprenticeship signing/registration date if the apprentice is still working and training with the same employer.

The employer may also be eligible for a training incentive that can be negotiated depending on the duration of the participant apprentice’s placement with the employer and complexity of the participant’s training plan.


The Community Disability Support Program (CDSP)

The Community Disability Support Program (CDSP) provides employment assistance and support for people with disabilities in order for them to enter or re-enter the workforce. The program connects people with disabilities to sustainable, competitive employment by providing the supports they need to get a job, keep the job, and advance in their careers.

The Community Disability Support Program offers individuals the opportunity to work, become independent, and reach their employment potential.

Anyone who has a verified disability or impairment that results in substantial barriers to employment can apply.

The Community Disability Support Program (CDSP) provides individuals the opportunity to work one on one with an employment consultant to develop a personalized action plan that includes setting employment goals and developing plans to achieve these goals. Helps clients identify barriers to competitive employment and create strategies to reduce or remove disability related barriers. Assists individuals with resume writing, interviewing skills and job search techniques. Provides a wage subsidy to employers for individuals who qualify. Provides individuals with assistance to purchase the supports they need in order to reach their employment goals. Provides on-going support to both the employer and employee to ensure job retention and overall success.

  • On the job training
  • Job placement support
  • Job coaching
  • Employment and training supports

For more information or to apply to the program, please contact
145 Government Rd West Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 2E8
705-567-3391 or toll free: 1-800-461-4961

140 Government Rd East Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 3LB
Tel: 705-567-9291 ext. 3677
Email: danchuka@northern.on.ca

Services for Employers

Employment Options Emploi is available to all employers who operate and manage a registered business in Ontario. This program makes your hiring decisions easier, while reducing your training costs.

Our Consultants will help you meet your recruiting needs, save you time and money by screening candidates and provide on-going support. Businesses can work with us to access our motivated candidates eager to demonstrate their capabilities. We also offer training focused on your needs and wage subsidies to offset the costs of training new employees. We can also accommodate employers with a boardroom or meeting room on site in order to conduct your hiring process interviews or job fair, free of charge. Please contact us for more information and to get started with our services.

Registered businesses in the province of Ontario that are planning to hire one or more employees, are not involved in lay-off, maintain adequate third party liability coverage, are insured under Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) or equivalent, and comply with the Occupational Health and Safety legislation and the Employment Standards Act are eligible to work with us.

Canada-Ontario Job Grant
Train your workers and watch your team and business succeed. The Canada-Ontario Job Grant offers employers training incentive. Eligible training costs include tuition and fees, textbooks and materials. You contribute the remaining costs, and employ the worker you train. Individual businesses and business organizations can apply and select any appropriate training offered by eligible third-party trainers.

Training can improve business performance, profit and staff morale. The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum tells us that, on average, a $1 investment in training returns a benefit to the employer of $1.38. if you want to give your business the benefit of workplace training, this grant is for you.

More information can be found on from the Ministry of Labour, Trades, and Skill Development.

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement.

Funding Amounts

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant offers employers training incentive.

  • For small employers (firms with 1-99 employees), the Grant will fund, on average, 5/6 of a worker’s eligible training costs up to a maximum of $10,000.
  • For large employers (100 or more employees), the Grant will fund half of a worker’s eligible training costs up to a maximum of $10,000.

Eligible training costs include tuition and fees, textbooks and materials. You contribute the remaining costs, and employ the worker you train. Individual businesses and business organizations can apply.


Individual businesses and business organizations can apply. Businesses already receiving government funding to train the same worker and broader public sector organizations of Canada-Ontario Job Grant service providers are not eligible.

Your business must:

  • contribute 1/6 (firms with 1-99 employees) or 1/2 (100 or more employee) of training costs
  • employ the worker you plan to train
  • be licensed to operate in Ontario
  • have insurance, comply with labour and human rights legislation

The workers must:

  • have an employer to sponsor them
  • be a resident of Ontario
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person
  • not be already taking full-time education or training

If you want to hire and train through the Grant, we can help you connect with workers.

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