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Employment Ontario

Employment Ontario

Employment Ontario helps residents acquire the training, skills and experience required to achieve their goals. At Employment Ontario, we connect jobseekers with employers who are hiring.

Job seekers

If you need help finding a job, putting together a résumé, improving your interview techniques, or upgrading your skills, Employment Ontario is here for you. We are your one-stop shop for all the help you need to find the job you’re looking for.

We offer job fairs, job postings, job matching, job retention services, and employment specialists who can provide one-on-one coaching. Visit us for assessment and referral to Employment Ontario programs such as Second Career, Youth Job Link, Youth Job ConnectionYouth Job Connection Summer, Ontario Job Creation Partnership, and Apprenticeship. The centre also offers free on-site childcare and free access to computers with Internet access, telephones, fax machines and photocopiers.

Contact

Visit our assessment centre to talk to an employment specialist in person.

  • 370 Catherine Street, 1st floor
  • 613-580-2424 ext. 14372
  • Free parking and free on-site child care

We are open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. In June to September, we close at 4 pm. Bus routes: 4, 101. Visit the OC Transpo website for bus information. For more information, visit ontario.ca/employment or call the Employment Ontario hotline at 1-800-387-5656 and talk to a counsellor in the language of your choice. People who are deaf or hearing impaired can call 1-866-533-6339.

Employers

Get help finding and hiring skilled employees. Learn about a number of financial hiring incentives available to employers. Our free services include:

  • Job postings
  • Screening and matching services
  • Job fairs
  • Experienced employment specialists
  • Information about the local labour market 
  • Job retention services
  • Apprenticeship information

Small, medium and large employers across Ontario can now apply for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant to invest in skills training for new and existing employees.

For more information on our services, contact us:

  • Phone: 613-560-0616
  • E-mail: partnersforjobs@ottawa.ca
  • TTY: 613-238-0821

Job search

Resources and supports are available to respond to the career and employment needs of individuals and the skilled labour needs of employers.

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Services for employers

The City of Ottawa’s Partners for Jobs (P4J) team can work with your business to find and recruit suitable candidates for your staffing needs. We can help your business by marketing open positions to thousands of job seekers. We can screen applicants, arrange interviews and offer support to new employees in a number of ways. What’s best is that these valuable H.R. services are free. Please contact us for more information.

Submit your job openings to: partnersforjobs@ottawa.ca
A member of the P4J team will contact you within one business day to follow up. Your job opportunities will be accessed by thousands of job seekers. If you would prefer to speak to a member of the P4J team before submitting your job order, please do so. Our contact information is below and we would be happy to speak with you.

Job Fairs and On-Site Interviews

The P4J team has professional Job Developers who can assist businesses to coordinate job fairs, information sessions and job interviews. We have been involved in hundreds of these events, resulting in thousands of job seekers getting hired. If requested, we can provide the facilities to host such events at one of our Employment Resource Areas across the City. We can also help to develop and distribute advertising to ensure that your event is a success. Remember, our services are always free.

Financial Incentives to Qualified Employers

The City of Ottawa can offer financial incentives to employers who hire eligible candidates. Incentives can last for up to six months and can be used to offset training and supervision costs that employers may incur. A P4J Job Developer would welcome the opportunity to discuss financial incentives further with you.

Supports for new employees

Our P4J services are designed to help new employees stay in their new positions. We offer support in a number of different ways to new employees and employers if required.

Contact us

For more information on P4J services, contact us:

Employment assistance for Ontario Works clients

Through Partners for Jobs, the City offers services to Ontario Works participants to help them prepare for, find, and keep a job. Partners for Jobs also provides recruitment services to employers.

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Supports after you get a job

Partners for Jobs (P4J) provides benefits and financial supports to make it easier for you to stay employed.

Job retention services

Job retention staff can provide you with services for up to one year after you leave Ontario Works for employment. The services can include: Employment coaching

Crisis intervention

Extended health benefits including medication, dental care and vision care for you and your family

Job retention services can help increase your chances of keeping a job, increase your work hours or find a better paying job. If you find a job, tell your case coordinator so that you can be referred to job retention services after you’ve received your last Ontario Works cheque.

Employment and people with disabilities

There are programs and services available to help persons with a disability find a job.

Employment supports for people with disabilities

  • Provides employment supports people with disabilities need to get and keep a job
  • Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services
  • Available to persons with a physical or intellectual disability that presents a substantial barrier to employment
  • Offers help with planning, training and supports including technical aids, interpreter services and travel costs. If you presently receive ODSP, call your case worker.

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

  • Provides workplace safety and insurance for workers in Ontario
  • Funded by the Government of Ontario
  • Anyone eligible for WSIB benefits can apply
  • Contact your local WSIB office to find out what services are available

Canada Pension Plan

  • An income support program for people with disabilities
  • Funded by Human Resource Development Canada
  • Available to anyone who has paid into the Canada Pension Plan
  • Provides disability pension benefits

Ontario March of Dimes

  • A resource network for persons with disabilities
  • Funded in by government and private donations
  • Offered to any person with a disability, however some restrictions may apply to individual programs
  • Services include personal and employment supports and programs, vocational assessments, work re-entry programs, individual counselling and other related resources

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