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Employment Service (ES)

Resource & Information (R&I)

Second
Career (SC)

Youth Job Connection (YJC)
Youth Job Connection Summer (YJCS)
Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG)

Employment Service (ES)

Employment Service offers a range of resources, supports and service components 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.

Contact Information:

(613) 542-7373 X 2 | reception@restartnow.ca
900 Montreal St. Kingston, Ontario K7K 3J9

WE CAN HELP

The “assisted” service components of the Employment Service are:

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Job Search
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Job Matching, Placement
and Incentive
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Job/Training Retention

The eligibility criteria for access to any of the assisted service components are:

  • That the individual is unemployed and not participating in full-time training or education;
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  • For the Employment Service, an individual who is working less than an average of 20 hours per week is considered “unemployed”; an individual is considered to be in full-time training or education based on the definition supplied by the institution in which they are enrolled.

** Service providers can make some exceptions (up to 10% of clients served) to the eligibility criteria. These exceptions are based on an assessment of other suitability and service need factors, the local labour market, the goals and objectives of the Employment Service, and the performance commitments and Funding defined by the Agreement.

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Resource and Information

(Unassisted Services)

The Resource and Information (RI) component is a resource that is available to everyone in the community including the employed, under-employed, job seekers, students, laid-off workers, apprentices, internationally trained and employers. There are no eligibility or access criteria for RI.

Individuals who are served well through RI usually have a clear understanding of market perceptions, good motivation and work habits, and strong interpersonal skills.

RI services also help people:

  • Complete registrations for secondary and postsecondary education;
  • Complete and submit applications, including sign-off where necessary, for programs such as Second Career;

 

  • Access income support such as Ontario Works, the Ontario Disability Support Program, or Employment Insurance.

Through RI, individuals can obtain information about:

  • The local labour market; careers and occupations;
  • Education, training and employment opportunities, including application requirements for Second Career, etc.;
  • Career planning and job search strategies;
  • All Employment Ontario programs and services and other community programs, services and resources that support employability (e.g. apprenticeship supports.)

Second career (SC)

You can get new skills – those needed for jobs in demand now – and financial support if you qualify for Second Career.

SECOND CAREER

Eligibility:

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To be eligible, individuals must:

Laid-off

For the SC program, “laid-off” individuals also include those:

  • Whose employment contract has ended;
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  • Who have received EI Part I maternity or parental benefits and are seeking to reenter the labour force;
  • Who have left work due to medical reasons;
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  • Who were laid-off on or after January 1, 2005, and then became self-employed.
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Youth Job Connection (YJC)

The Youth Job Connection program is a PAID program for youth between the ages of 15 and 29! 

Eligibility:

Individuals must be:

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15 to 29 years old at the time of registration*

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A resident of Ontario

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Eligible to work in Canada

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Unemployed

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Not participating in full-time training or education, as defined by the institution

Suitability

While the program is open to all eligible youth, the intention is to help youth who are experiencing significant employment barriers:

  • Youth may be racialized; 
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, or queer (LGBTTQ); 
  • Indigenous;
  • Recent immigrants; 
  • Living with disabilities and mental health issues;
  • Living in poverty; 
  • Poor or lack of labour market experience; 
  • Low levels of education and literacy; 
  • In conflict with the law; 
  • Low motivation.
Exceptions: service providers have the flexibility to serve up to 10 percent of individuals who do not meet the last two eligibility criteria—unemployed or not in training/education. These exceptions must be made based on the service provider’s assessment of the young person on suitability and service needs.
They must be considered reasonable and in line with the program’s purpose to serve young people with employment barriers. An example of an exception to the unemployed criterion could be youth who are employed part-time in precarious jobs. 

*Individuals who are 15 to 18 years old must be legally excused from attending high school. The Education Act requires young people under 18 to be in school unless legally excused. During the school year, to be eligible for the program, service providers must ensure that individuals who are under 18 years of age have been excused from attending school. This means that the individual either has graduated or is participating in a Supervised Alternative Learning program (see s.21 of the Education Act and Supervised Alternative Learning: Policy and Implementation, 2010).

 

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Youth Job Connection Summer (YJCS)

The Youth Job Connection program is a PAID program for youth between the ages of 15 and 18 during the summer months. 

ELIGIBILITY

Individuals must be:

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15 to 18 years old at the time of registration*

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A resident of Ontario

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Eligible to work in Canada

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High school students* intending to stay in or return to high school or access postsecondary education after the job placement

*The Education Act requires young people under 18 to be in school unless legally excused. During the school year, to be eligible for the program, service providers must ensure that participants who are under 18 years of age have been excused from attending school. This means that the participant either has graduated or is participating in a Supervised Alternative Learning program (see s.21 of the Education Act and Supervised Alternative Learning: Policy and Implementation, 2010).

After participating in the program during the summer months, school-aged youth are expected to return to high school.
During the school year, individuals who are under 18 years of age may participate in the program part-time or during school holidays, so as not to interfere with schooling. Part-time program participation must not exceed 10 hours per week.

Suitability

While the program is open to all eligible youth, the intention is to help youth who have a lower likelihood of finding a summer job by themselves, with a focus on those who are at risk of experiencing poor transitions between education and work, compared to other groups of youth (e.g., youth who have made successful transitions to post-secondary education are not the target of this program).

  • Youth may be racialized, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, and queer (LGBTTQ);
  • Indigenous; 
  • Living with disabilities and mental health issues; 
  • Recent immigrants. 

 

Also, youth may be facing some combination of other challenging life circumstances, including:

  • Experiencing difficulties at school; 
  • Living in poverty; 
  • Low levels of education and literacy; 
  • In conflict with the law;
  • Low motivation.
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    Canada-Ontario Job Grant

    (COJG) provides opportunities for employers, individually or in groups, to invest in their workforce, with help from the government. 

    COJG

    All people who are residents of Ontario and either a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person and meet the eligibility requirements below are eligible to participate in training funded through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant.

     

    Eligibility requirements are as follows:

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    Employed individuals must be identified by their employer.

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    Unemployed individuals must also be sponsored by an employer, demonstrated through a permanent or conditional offer of employment.

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    An individual must not be participating in full-time training or education or any other government training intervention that offers funding support for the same tuition, books or other training-related costs (e.g., Second Career).

    Business owners, including individuals with a controlling interest in corporations, are not eligible as trainees under COJG.

    Training requests for trainees who are in senior management positions with large organizations (over 500 employees) are ineligible for COJG funding.

    Trainees who are in senior management positions at small and medium employers (less than 500 employees) are eligible for COJG funding.

    Suitability

    The Ministry has developed employer and individual-focused suitability indicators for measuring program effectiveness as part of a future performance management system for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant.

    Through the Grant application process and subsequent service follow-ups with employers and individuals, service providers will collect a range of information that will provide the Ministry with a greater understanding of how the Grant is being accessed by employers and individuals. This information will inform future Ministry decisions regarding the need to further focus or prioritize the use of the Grant towards specific types of employers and/or individuals.
    The Ministry will convey additional strategic guidance and direction to service providers through future iterations of these program guidelines and the regular annual business planning cycle.