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Government offers grants and services for businesses in Ontario – Have you heard?

Few businesses know that the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario offer several programs and services that could be beneficial to them. One example is the Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG). This agreement between the federal and provincial governments is a key source of funding to help Ontario’s business community develop their workforce through employer-led training. The grant provides up to $10,000 per employee to help pay for training required by the employer. It is important to note that this is not a loan, but the grant recipients must qualify under the COJG eligibility criteria.

Furthermore, anytime companies need to hire new employees, they can access recruitment support from Government funded programs. It does not matter the size of the company, these employment services are a free resource available to any human resources department. Throughout the province, the Employment Ontario initiative funds many service providers that specialize in job matching and employment support. The programs not only serve employers looking for new talent, but also qualified and motivated job seekers.

As a service provider in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the Next-Steps Employment Centres offer information and assistance to companies interested in accessing grants and incentives. These centres, which are operated by the Toronto District School Board, are well prepared to help companies with their hiring process and individuals with their job search needs. They are able to promote the positions that business are looking to fill, pre-screen suitable candidates, organize job fairs and hiring events, provide wage subsidy when available, and much more. There are 7 Next-Steps locations across the GTA, in Toronto, Mississauga and Vaughan.

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