Temporary or Transitional? – Migrant Workers’ Experiences with Permanent Residence in Canada

Although more and more temporary migrant workers are becoming permanent residents in Canada, their experience with immigration opportunities remains under-studied. This study aims to fill that gap by examining the lived experience of migrant workers — in skilled and low-skilled occupations — who transition to permanent residence   Click here to read the report

Shifting Workforce Development into High Gear

 Workforce development is the next wave of economic development. The overwhelming opinion of the private sector is that businesses grow and prosper where there is a talented, well-suited workforce. Learning to partner with Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and education to create this workforce is not an option for economic developers; it is a new requirement … Read more

NYC Center for Economic Opportunity Independent Evaluation – Sector-Focused Career Centers Evaluation: Effects on Employment and Earnings After One Year

  Sectoral employment has emerged as an innovative approach to workforce development in which unemployed and underskilled workers are provided with services and training needed to fill positions in sectors with high growth potential. This report examines the sectoral employment initiative sponsored and managed by the New York City (NYC) Department of Small Business Services … Read more

ESCALATOR – Jobs for Youth Facing Barriers – Companies and Youth Moving Up in the World

  A region where all young people thrive, and where their talents and drive contribute to the regional economy. That’s our vision for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). But we are facing a harsh reality – as many as 83,000 youth in the GTHA are not in education, employment or training. While our … Read more

Moving Forward Together: An Employer Perspective on the Design of Skills Training Programs in Ontario

This report presents the business perspective on the steps the Government of Ontario can take as it evolves the province’s suite of training and employment services. Specifically, this report makes five recommendations that, if taken, will go a long way in ensuring employer-driven training and employment programs, such as the Canada-Ontario Job Grant, are a … Read more

Big Data for Public Good: A Primer (Mar 2014)

ICE Research Series Report prepared by Nordicity ‘Big data’ and ‘analytics’ are watchwords of the present era of information explosion and connectivity. The increased use of big data should help evidence-based decision-making in public and private arenas, provided that the data is accurate, accessible, and used correctly. Big data can be marshalled into the service … Read more

Redesigning Collaboration: Opportunities for Innovation in Toronto’s Labour Market (Apr 2014)

ICE Research Series Report by Jill Shirey and Serene Tan of the Mowat Centre This report focuses on the experiences of those with direct knowledge of the challenges as well as of the supports available: youth and new immigrant job seekers, employment service providers, and employers. A total of 54 individual, semi-structured interviews and two focus groups were … Read more

NRC Concierge Service

 Concierge Service helps SMEs access available government programs in a one-stop shop.  It will guide canadian SMEs’ to R&D support. Personalized assistance Through Concierge Advisors, the Concierge Service will assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in navigating the many available innovation resources and support programs offered by the government and selecting the right options to … Read more

Ontario Youth Jobs Strategy

Starting 2013, the Ontario government is investing $295 million over two years through the strategy to create employment opportunities for about 30,000 youth, while promoting innovation and entrepreneurship. As part of Ontario’s plan for jobs and growth, the government is  working to get more young people working — either through employment or by starting their … Read more

Youth Entrepreneurship Fund (Youth Business Accelerator Program)

Youth Business Acceleration Program Launched in October 2013 as part of the Ontario Youth Jobs Strategy, this program will enable Regional Innovation Centres to further expand their program offerings by tailoring BAP programs and services to youth aged 18 to 29, equipping young entrepreneurs with the tools and skills required to start and grow successful … Read more

Youth Entrepreneurship Fund (Youth Investment Accelerator Fund)

Youth IAF Part of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy Apply for investment capital ($100,000- $250,000) to help your business expand Your business must not be beyond the seed capital stage, with revenues under $500,000 Strong potential to attract follow-on financing The Province of Ontario is launching a new fund designed to invest in technology-based startups founded … Read more

Youth Employment Fund (Employment and Training Supports)

Part of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy For Youth If you are unemployed, not in school full-time and between 15 and 29, Ontario will do more to help you connect with employers and get a job placement of four to six months. We will provide incentives to employers to help cover the cost of wages and training … Read more

Youth Skills Connections Program (community stream)

Part of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy The program funds not-for-profits and public sector organizations to deliver collaborative projects that: provide training and skills development to help vulnerable youth overcome barriers to employment (e.g., a criminal record, poverty) address a demonstrated skills and labour shortage faced by industry result in long-term employment opportunities for youth enrolled … Read more

Youth Skills Connections Program (industry stream)

Youth Skills Connections Program (industry stream) Part of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy The industry stream brings together industry, educational institutions and not-for-profits to better connect skills-training with industry needs. The program will fund collaborative projects that: identify a skills-gap or labour shortage faced by industry provide training that addresses skills-gaps and improves the employability of … Read more

Job Bank

The Job Bank is Canada’s one-stop job listing Web site. During its establishment in the late 1960’s, Canadians have come to know and trust Job Bank as an easy to use, free job listing and recruitment service that has benefited employers, businesses and job seekers alike. For more infomration:  http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/intro-eng.aspx

Ontario Business Program Guide

The Ontario Business Program Guide is a free, online directory of tax incentives, tax credits and government support programs for business. The Ontario Business Program Guide is updated regularly, so revisit it periodically to see what’s new. Typically, users should be prepared to spend 10 to 20 minutes navigating the guide and reading its entries … Read more

Ontario Municipal Program Guide

The Ontario Municipal Program Guide is a free, online directory of programs and services for municipalities provided by the Government of Ontario. This directory makes it easy to find general information about programs and services for municipalities. The current version of this guide covers programs from 13 ministries and offices across the provincial government.  To … Read more

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