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

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 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

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

Open for Business

Open for Business is the Ontario Government’s ambitious three-year initiative to create faster, smarter and streamlined government-to-business services that make Ontario more attractive for business development while protecting the public interest. It also seeks to transform the Ontario government-to-business relationship. For more information please visit: http://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/1medt/en/ofb_main_en.jsp

Communities in Transition Initiative

This program is responsive to the needs of communities and regions and allows them to apply at any time during the year for help developing a strategy for their economic growth.  Staff in the Communities in Transition Office are available to work one-on-one with community representatives to review specific challenges and opportunities and advise on … Read more

Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence

In partnership with the Ontario Government, the Yves Landry Foundation is providing funding to help manufacturers invest in employee training.  The Government of Ontario provided $25 million to fund this program as part of the 2008 budget. Website: Yves Landry – Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence.

Strategic Jobs and Investment Fund

The SJIF is a discretionary, non-entitlement grant and loan program designed to support leading-edge investments in Ontario that create at least 50 high value jobs or will have at least $10 million in eligible costs. This program focuses on four priority sectors: Clean/Green Technologies, Financial Services, Information and Communication Technology and Life Sciences. Program Website: … Read more

Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF)

The Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF) is an early stage seed fund designed to help Ontario-based, start up and early stage technology companies bring their products and services to market.  Through investment of up to $500K, the IAF helps launch high potential technology ventures.   Applications may be submitted on a continous basis.   For more … Read more

OCE First Job Program

The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) First Job program is a follow-on opportunity for Ontario companies who have previously partnered with OCE and an Ontario academic institution on a research project. First Job connects talented master’s or Ph.D. graduates with growing companies across Ontario that need highly skilled talent for research and development roles in … Read more

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