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

Jump Start Your Career

The OPS is a great place to jump start or revitalize your career. Whether you are deciding on a career, starting a career, changing careers or upgrading your career skills, the OPS has something to offer. This employment experience will add to the depth and credibility of your resume and give you a chance to … Read more

The Ontario Skills Passport

The Ontario Skills Passport (or OSP) is a free, bilingual web-based resource that provides clear descriptions of the Essential Skills and work habits important for work, learning and life. Essential Skills are used in virtually all occupations and are the foundation for learning other skills, such as technical skills. OSP offers numerous resources and tools … Read more

Ontario’s Specialist High Skills Major Program

An Specialist High Skills Major program (SHSM) is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. It also assists in their transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace. Pursuing an SHSM enables students to: … Read more

Ontario Prospects – Ontario’s Career Planning Guide

Ontario Prospects is an annual career planning guide for students in Grades 7 to 12, educators, job counsellors and others seeking career information. Ontario Prospects celebrates and promotes student success in Ontario and includes information on self assessment, career planning, job search preparation, workplace safety, the labour market, postsecondary destinations, skills training, and community resources. … Read more

Student Success Programs

Ontario Schools are offering expanded programs to help meet students’ individual learning styles and interests which will better prepare them for graduation and beyond. For details, please visit

School-Work Transitions

The program creates clear pathways for all students to the destination of their choice, whether college, university, apprenticeship or work through: Destination-related courses for students in grades 11 and 12 Greater emphasis on career education Program planning for individual students A requirement that all school boards offer co-operative education, work experience and school-work transition programs … Read more

Passport to Prosperity

The Passport to Prosperity campaign supports educators and employers in developing experiential learning opportunities for high school students. It is a province wide campaign that seeks to provide communities with the tools and resources to respond to their local workforce development needs and contribute to the growth of the local economy. Employers can participate in … Read more

Ontario Trillium Foundation

The Foundation will support the building of healthy and vibrant communities through community-based initiatives that strengthen the capacity of organizations in the arts and culture, environment, human and social services and sports and recreation sectors. In particular, the Foundation will place priority on supporting organizations that work in the following areas to help Ontarians achieve … Read more

Service Ontario Website

The website improves the public’s access to government information and services. It helps eliminate the need for people to search for government information across 200 websites, 70 call centres and over 1,500 counters, and three levels of government. For more information visit CONTACT:

Investing in Women’s Futures

Through the Investing in Women’s Futures program, the OWD supports 26 women’s centres in communities across Ontario to provide programs and services to prevent violence against women and promote women’s economic independence. Through this program, the women’s centres deliver the following activities to support women in developing skills and abilities to reduce their vulnerability to … Read more

Women’s Economic Independence

The Ontario Women’s Directorate, in partnership with ACTEW: A Commitment to Training and Employment for Women, has expanded and revised the guide to career awareness resources for girls and women. Shortcuts to Career Development Resources for Girls and Women is now available in both English and French and includes new sections with on-line resources and … Read more

Global Experience Ontario

Global Experience Ontario is an access and resource centre for the internationally trained. It can help internationally trained and educated individuals find out how to qualify for professional practice in Ontario. This one-stop centre offers a range of services for internationally educated individuals. For more information, please visit:

Ontario is a web site provided by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration that helps newcomers find the information they need, before and after they arrive in Ontario. gives information about living, working, doing business, and studying in Ontario. It helps newcomers learn about Ontario’s people and culture, weather and geography, and cities and … Read more

Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nomineee Program

Opportunities Ontario is an immigration program that makes it easier for employers to get the highly skilled employees they need to compete. It also helps attract investment and creates jobs here in Ontario. It is an employer-driven program that facilitates the immigration process to help employers obtain workers for professional, managerial and skilled trades positions. … Read more

Canada Ontario Immigration Agreement

A new COIA will be negotiated early 2011. Details will be available when negotiations are concluded. Government Contact: Government of Canada Stephen Heckbert Director of Communications Office of the Minister Citizenship and Immigration Canada (613) 954-1064 Greg Scott Media Relations Communications Branch Citizenship and Immigration Canada (613) 941-7028 Government of Ontario Danna O’Brien Minister’s Office … Read more

Immigrant Employment Loan Program

The Immigrant Employment Loan Program provides access to credit for newcomers to pay for short-term training (up to 1 year) in order to find employment in their occupation. The maximum loan considered is 5,000, and funds can also cover an assessment of credentials, examination and professional association fees. For more details please visit GOVERNMENT … Read more

Bridge Training Programs for Internationally Trained Individuals 2008-2009

The Ontario government supports programs that can help newcomers get their license or certificate in their profession or trade so that they can work in Ontario. These programs have been put together by employers, colleges and universities, occupational regulatory bodies, and community organizations. They are called ‘Bridging Programs.’ Each Bridging program is different and may … Read more


Each year, more than 5.0 million volunteers make Ontario a better place to live. These individuals and organizations help build stronger and safer communities. And, they contribute to the cultural richness and diversity that have made Ontario a model for the world. The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration provides many programs and services to support … Read more

Newcomer Settlement Program (NSP)

The goal of the Newcomer Settlement Program (NSP) is to help newcomers fully engage in all aspects of Canadian life; social, economic, political and cultural, and to maximize the benefits of their participation and contribution to Canadian society. To achieve this goal, the NSP focuses on improving the quality and availability of, and access to, … Read more

Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

The five-year, $2.5-million Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, announced as part of the 2006 provincial budget, recognizes that farmers have always been innovative in the running of their businesses and will foster even greater innovation across the province’s agri-food sector. For more information go to

Ontario Market Investment Fund

“The Government of Ontario is committed to working with farmers, industry and local food networks to help Ontario families get local Ontario food onto their kitchen tables. The four-year Ontario Market Investment Fund was announced in the 2008 Ontario Budget and is targeted to promote consumer awareness of Ontario-produced foods and encourages Ontario to buy … Read more

New Directions Research Program

“The purpose of the New Directions Research Program is to stimulate the sustainable growth and competitiveness of Ontario’s agri-food sector through investment in innovative and high quality research in partnership with industry, rural communities/organizations, other levels of government and research institutions.The New Directions Research Program is a competitive research fund open to universities, research institutes, … Read more

Growing Forward – Business Development

The Growing Forward Business Development program is part of the Growing Forward Best Practices suite and agreement from 2009 to 2013. It comprises three components (1) farm businesses (2) food processors and (3) Agricultural Management Institute (AMI). The overall objective is to increase the economic viability of Ontario agriculture and food industry. The food processors … Read more

First Impressions Community Exchange

First Impressions Community Exchange is a structured process that reveals the first impression a community conveys to outsiders, including tourists, potential investors and retirees. It offers a fresh perspective on the community’s appearance, services and infrastructure and helps communities learn about their strengths and shortcomings. The knowledge gained through a First Impressions Community Exchange can … Read more

Community Economic Analysis Tools

The Community Economic Analysis Tools are interactive analytical tools that use a step-by-step process to assess the economic conditions, strengths and weaknesses of communities in Ontario. These tools can help communities identify the competitive advantages or disadvantages in your municipality or region, to guide strategic decisions for local development. For more information go to

Business Management Program Leads

The Business Management Program Leads design, develop, deliver and help to promote the beneficial business management practices to farm businesses through a variety of strategies including workshops, print material, resource materials, tools and contacts. For more information go to

Business Attraction, Retention and Expansion in Food Processing, Bio-product and Small Rural Manufacturing

Business Development Consultants develop and maintain a strategic account management program by providing business knowledge, connections, and resources to assist food processing, bio-product manufacturing and small rural manufacturers to maintain and grow their Ontario-based business or attract new business to Ontario. Export Marketing Officers provide specific advice regarding export opportunities, regulations and requirements to primary … Read more

Food NEBS (New Exporters to Border States)

The New Exporters to Border States (NEBS) is a 2-day program offered on site at a U.S. border point to introduce companies to the fundamentals of exporting. The program is operated by Ontario Exports Inc. in co-operation with the Canadian consulates in Buffalo and Detroit. Participants learn about export pricing, customs procedures, selecting agents and … Read more

Agri-food Innovation/Bioenterprise

BioEnterprise is a commercialization agent, established to help promote the creation, growth and expansion of businesses in the Agri-Food and Agri-Life Sciences and Bio-Product Industries. Bioenterprise helps emerging farmers, scientists and entrepreneurs collaborate and capitalize on promising innovations that will have long-term benefits for the agri-food sector and the economy by providing them with mentoring … 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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