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Employment Programs and Services

  • Office worker on phoneEmployment Supports
    The Employment Supports part of Ontario Works helps you to become “job ready” and supports your best route to employment.

    Some of the employment supports available to you include: job search support, literacy, basic education, job specific skills training, life skills training, employment start-up funding, employment related expenses, career planning, employability and life skills workshops, referrals for employment/community placement and referrals to services for counselling, mental health support, etc.
  • Employment Placement
    The Employment Placement programs are intended for those who are “job ready.”
    Ontario Works staff work with employers to help you get the job you want and provides the employer with a wage subsidy to assist with additional training costs.
  • Community Placement
    Through the Community Placement program, you gain job skills and work experience by volunteering with a not-for-profit community agency, service club or public sector organization. 
  • Job Skills Training
    Job Skills training sessions will provide you with training in four important employment areas including: resume and cover letter development, job search techniques, job interview techniques and job maintenance.
  • auto mechanic working on a carSelf-Employment Program
    If you are interested in starting your own business, Halton Region’s Business Development Resource Centre offers training and first-year business start-up support.
  • Learning, Earning and Parenting (LEAP)
    The LEAP program is designed for Ontario Works participants who are parents, under 21 years of age, and have not graduated from high school. LEAP provides support to young parents by helping them to complete high school, find a career goal, develop parenting skills and obtain employment during the summer months.

    This program is mandatory for Ontario Works participants who are 16-17 years of age and voluntary for those 18-21 years of age. Financial help is also available to parents for transportation, child care, recreational programs, school registration and supplies.

    Money is provided to students who successfully complete the LEAP Program. The money can be used to assist with further education or to invest in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) on behalf of the child.