Looking for employees

Employment Options is an employment and training program funded by the Government of Ontario that takes the time to understand your company’s needs in today’s changing economy.  We have a growing pool of training-ready candidates with various educational backgrounds and skill levels to meet your immediate and long-term staffing requirements.

Employers who are looking to hire staff can advertise job openings by contacting our Information and Resource Services. Employment Options staff can provide employers with screening and recruiting services to meet their business needs.

Through the Job Matching, Placement and Incentives component of Employment Options, employers may be eligible for training incentives to offset some of the costs of providing on-the-job training / work experience to Employment Options participants.

Why not tap into an alternative avenue that provides staffing support at absolutely no cost to your organization?  Contact one of our offices for more information.

Why employers get involved in employment programs

  • Immediate interests are met: inexpensive and dependable recruitment pipeline, good public relations, improve employee morale
  • To demonstraste good corporate citizenship
  • To develop a better workforce over the long-term

Renew your workforce

Train job seekers today for the skills and knowledge you need in your organization.  The size of Canada’s labour force is shrinking as the population ages and more people retire.  It takes time to train new employees properly.  Employment Options can assist by covering part of those training costs, if employers hire an Employment Options participant.

Build a strong economy

Help Ontario secure a skilled labour force - one we need in order to build a strong economy.  Help increase career development opportunities for job seekers and start preparing them for their future in Ontario.

Be a good corporate citizen

Open your doors to unemployed individuals, the youth and newcomers to Canada in particular, and build a profile as an employer who cares about the sustainability and strength of your community.

Advantages of Participating in the Employment Options Program

  • Free job advertising and an opportunity to review résumés of eligible candidates, resulting in savings in recruitment time and advertising costs
  • Support in all areas related to the workplace by an Employment Consultant or Job Developer
  • Job Trial options to ensure you hire the right candidate
  • A training subsidy which will help reduce your training costs
  • If the participant is injured during the on-the-job training period, Employment Options staff may complete appropriate documentation and file claim under Ministry’s WSIB account
  • Very little paperwork
  • Regular follow-ups with Employment Options participants and employers to ensure that the candidate is meeting expectations
  • Access to numerous information sessions targeted to employers
  • Assistance with coordination of job fairs

The Boréal Advantage

  • A network of over 22 sites across the province to post your job openings
  • Access to recent and past graduates in numerous sectors
  • Bilingual services offered by employment consultants and job developers
  • Assistance with recruitment of bilingual staff

Job Matching and placement

Employment Options staff will match up clients with employers depending on their interests and skills. 

Financial incentives are offered to employers who hire clients and provide on-the-job training opportunities.

Employer Eligibility:

In order to participate in placements, employers must:

  • Be licensed to operate in Ontario
  • Comply with all applicable legislation including federal/provincial human rights legislation, regulations, and any other relevant standards, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Employment Standards Act, freedom of information and protection of privacy legislation
  • Provide employment in Ontario
  • Maintain appropriate WSIB or alternate workplace safety insurance coverage and have adequate third-party liability insurance
  • NOT use placement services to replace existing or laid-off employees

As well, employers must commit to:

  • Developing a relevant training/work experience plan that will help the client achieve his/her labour market/employment goal and the employer achieve business goals, in conjunction with the service provider and client
  • Providing feedback and assessments of a client’s skills level, where required
  • Having potential for long-term employment/contract position for the client
  • Demonstrating the ability to provide the client with adequate supervision, and training/work experience
  • Placing the client on the company's payroll and provide the same employment terms, conditions and benefits as for all regular employees

Incentive levels will vary:

  • Not all employers may want or need incentives
  • Not all employers who receive incentives will receive the maximum amount
  • The amount of the incentive will vary based on complexity of the job skill level required and length of training required
  • The incentive will rarely cover the full cost of employee’s wages.

Forms, frequently asked questions, and tools for employers.