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7 Business Resources Employers Need to Know About

There are many business resources available to employers who are hiring, looking for grants and funding, training opportunities, and more. But the seemingly simple job of finding all these resources is quite a long research process. To continue to facilitate recruitment and retention in eastern Ontario for all employers, we’ve compiled a list of 7 business resources to help you grow your business. 

1. Rural Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

The Rural Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) provides support to businesses and communities impacted by the pandemic by: 

  • mitigating financial pressure on businesses to allow them to continue operations, including paying employees
  • supporting projects to prepare for a successful recovery 

2. Benefits Finder

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. 

3. Algonquin College Job Boards

If you’re hiring in Lanark County, post a job on the Algonquin College Perth Campus Community Employment Services page. The process is straightforward and gets your job posting in front of motivated job seekers. The job board is free of charge. 

4. Employment Ontario

Please note, all wage subsidies are reimbursement-based and are not 100% funding. Employers are required to maintain regular payroll and subsidies would be applied on a reimbursement basis to the employer based on the terms of the funding agreement. 

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. 

5. 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.

6. 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. 

Women's Entrepreneurship Program

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Program provides virtual business support to women entrepreneurs in 5 key partner areas in the eastern Ontario region:

  • Northumberland
  • Kawartha Lakes
  • Leeds-Grenville
  • Prescott-Russell 
  • Durham

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