If you’re starting a business, or already operating one, figuring out what resources are available to help you hire new employees can be time consuming and sometimes maybe a bit confusing. Business owners are already busy with the regular day-to-day operations and may not have the time to figure out what’s available.
Here at Hastings County, we are a member of the Ontario East Economic Development Commission (OEEDC) and recently they compiled a list of business resources to help grow your business. Below I summarize some of the opportunities that can support those situated in Hastings County or wanting to open a business here. Nonetheless, please do not hesitate to contact us directly and our wildly supportive staff will be more than happy to help discuss your plans and opportunities available.
Don’t know which business resources, supports, and services you need? Use the Business Benefits Finder to help you find the right program or service. Useful whether you’re just starting out or if you’ve been in business for a while and are ready to grow.
Loyalist College Free Job Posting Service
If you’re hiring in Hastings County, post a job on the Loyalist College Free Job Posting Service. The process is straightforward and gets your job posting in front of motivated job seekers. The job board is free of charge.
There are several Employment Ontario programs to support hiring and training local job seekers, including adults, youth, and summer students. The amount of the wage subsidy is based on a candidate’s skills and the complexity of the job/training required for the job.
The average wage subsidy can range from $1200-$2500 depending on the program. Employment Ontario funding is meant to be short-term to support new hiring and the onboarding process.
Talent Opportunity Program
The Talent Opportunities Program (TOP) provides up to $7000 in funding for employers hiring post-secondary students on work placements. Employers must be Ontario Chamber of Commerce members to apply.
Canada Summer Jobs
Applications for this summer program are closed at the time of writing this post however, you can bookmark this page for future seasonal hiring. The Canada Summer Jobs program is a youth employment and skills strategy initiative, providing flexible services to help all young Canadians develop hireable skills and get paid work experience to facilitate their transition into the labour market.
Ontario cutting WSIB premium rates
On October 6, 2021 the Ontario government announced Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is cutting premium rates in 2022. A rate reduction helps employers invest the savings into wages for staff.