Employer Incentives

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Electricity Sector Council Wage Subsidy

$10,000 Wage Subsidy; New Funding Available April 1st The Electricity Sector Council is offering energy related companies a subsidy of up to $10,000 for each new technician, technologist and engineer you hire. To qualify for the subsidy, host companies/employers must:

  • Be an energy related business - PLEASE NOTE that there is no limit to the number of employees a company may have
  • Guarantee a minimum of 30 hours of work per week in a full-time position
  • Provide $2 in wages for every $1 of wage subsidy received (a maximum of $10,000.00 per candidate available)
  • Must have nepotism policy in place
  • Develop a formal learning plan (personalized action plan, between an employer and a participant, designed to help set and meet work-related learning objectives)
  • Have completed the wage subsidy application and have the employer wage subsidy contract in place before the candidate starts work

For a participant hire to qualify they must:

  • Have graduated as a technician, technologist or engineer (they do not have to be recent graduates)
  • Be between the ages of 15 and 30
  • Be a new hire (not an existing employee)
  • Be a Canadian citizen or have landed immigrant status

For further information or to download application forms on the Career Focus Program, visit the Electricity Sector Council. This program is supported by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program.


Ontario Works

Are you looking to hire now or in the near future? If so, please consider the Ontario Works program to assist you with your hiring needs. The City of Windsor's Social Support Services and project partners, the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, are very excited to offer the Ontario Works program to our region. The purpose of the partnership is to provide training and employment opportunities for participants of Ontario Works while providing training incentives to participating employers. Individuals who are in the Ontario Works program have a wide range of experience and education, and could be the perfect fit for your company. Whether you are looking to hire entry level staff, skilled trades or engineers we can find the candidates that are right for you. Your support of the Ontario Works Program will benefit the economic growth of the community.

How Ontario Works Can Help With Hiring

Work with employers to bring together qualified candidates and employment opportunities. Our services, at no cost to employers, include:

  • Access to a large group of candidates with a wide range of skills and experience
  • Free pre-screening services, and
  • Ongoing human resources support and recruitment services

Hiring With Financial Incentives

Employment and Social Services works with a variety of organizations to introduce employers to qualified job seekers who are receiving Ontario Works benefits. Potential employees are screened for suitability and their skills are matched according to the requirements of the position. If you hire someone who is receiving Ontario Works benefits, you may be able to access incentives. These incentives may include:

Funds for Supervision and/or Training Costs
  • When you hire a person who is receiving Ontario Works you can receive monies for each employee hired through the program to offset supervision and/or training costs.
Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) / Accident Insurance Coverage
  • This incentive protects the employer's existing WSIB experience rating and/or their insurance premiums in the event that a participant makes a WSIB claim.
  • The Ministry is responsible for any claims made by a participant.
Role of Social Support Services
  • The identification and screening of potential candidates saving your company time and money, and ensuring that they meet the skills and qualifications set out by the employer.
  • After the screening process, provide a list of qualified candidates for employment.
  • Skills Assessment.
  • Initial interviewing of potential hires.
  • Provide ongoing support to the Participant and the Employer to ensure success through the screening process.
  • Coordination of job fairs should your company have a need to hire a large number of employees.
  • Financial support.
Guidelines for Employers

Employers providing placements must:

  • Maintain a work environment that complies with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal legislation, regulations and bylaws affecting the workplace.
  • Place participants on their payroll and pay them the prevailing wage rate for the position in which the participant is hired.
  • Have a valid business registration and business number.
  • Have appropriate level of liability insurance coverage to cover third party liability.
  • Agree to provide supervision and training.
  • To guarantee long term employment of 24 weeks or greater. Part time will be considered if it enables the participant to exit Ontario Works.
  • Maintain client confidentiality.
  • Ensure that the participant's placement is not subsidized by any other government subsidy program.
Jobs Cannot:
  • Displace current staff.
  • Decrease the hours of work available to existing staff.
  • Replace staff who have been laid off.
The Contract
  • The contract is a three part agreement between the WEEDC, the Employer and the The Corporation of the City of Windsor.
  • Training incentives to the employer shall be negotiated between the three parties and outlined in the contract.
  • The contract is specific to each employer depending on their employment needs.

Contact Information

To find out more about how Ontario Works can help with your hiring needs please contact 311 at the City of Windsor OR

Diane Quinn
Manager of Employment & Training Initiatives
519-255-5200 ext. 5250
John Marrocco
Community Programs Supervisor
519-255-5200 ext. 5361

If you are a resident looking for information about applying for Ontario Works, please visit the City of Windsor Social Support Services.


Employment Ontario Service Provider


Name/Address Phone Fax Email
(Assessment Centre)
1410 Ouellette Ave.
519-971-9698 519-977-0575 debra_didomenico@gecdsb.on.ca
New Canadians Centre of Excellence (NCCE)
660 Ouellette
519-258-4076 519-258-9953 office@ncce1.org
St. Clair College
547 Victoria
519-253-4461 519-253-7655 kgillgore@stclaircollege.ca
Unemployed Help Centre
(Windsor Location)
6955 Cantelon Dr.
519-944-4900 519-944-9184 bpyne@uhc.ca
500 Ouellette
519-973-5588 519-973-1535 padmini@wwwwiw.org
647 Ouellette
519-256-6621 519-256-3963 info@westofwindsor.com
City of Windsor
Employment & Training Services
400 City Hall Square East, Suite 411
519-977-6444 519-977-5695 ets@city.windsor.on.ca


Name/Address Phone Fax Email
St. Clair College
Amherstburg Location
400 Sandwich St.
519-736-2827 519-736-7084  

Belle River

Name/Address Phone Fax Email
Unemployed Help Centre
Belle River Location
612 Notre Dame
519-728-4540 519-728-9055  


Name/Address Phone Fax Email
(Invest Lab Career Counselling)
215 Talbot St. E.
519-326-0513 519-326-9657  
New Canadians Centre of Excellence
Leamington Site
24 Oak St. #7 & 8
519-326-6224 519-326-9726  


The Precarn Industrial T-GAP

New Fund Available for Getting to Market Faster! There is a recognized chasm in the commercialization of technologies especially in very small companies. It is the black hole on the 'research to reality' road where innovative and viable technologies get lost. Because the development step often lies outside the domain of traditional investment sources, many valuable technologies and ideas are needlessly shelved. In an effort to address this situation, Precarn has allocated $4 Million in funds to advance technologies that show commercial promise. The Technology-Gap Assistance Program (T-GAP) is the conduit through which the funds are awarded. The T-GAP program has the following characteristics:

  • A focus on small (2-50 person) companies and start-up companies;
  • Maximum funding is up to $100,000;
  • Maximum Precarn support is 40% of total project costs;
  • Project duration of nine months or less;
  • 50% of Precarn's contribution will be paid at midterm of the project and the remaining 50% will be paid upon project completion and receipt of the final report.

Full details can be found on Precarn's website.

Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit

  • The program reimburses corporations and unincorporated businesses 25% of eligible expenditures paid or payable after May 18, 2004 and before January 1, 2011 to qualifying apprentices during the first 36 months of the apprenticeship.
  • The maximum tax credit for apprenticeships is $5000 per year.
  • For corporations and unincorporated businesses having total salaries in the previous taxation year of less than $400,000, the rate of the tax credit is increase to 30%.

For more information you can visit the Ministry of Revenue website.

Grants, Contributions and Financial Assistance - Employers

This Info-Guide provides an overview of grants, subsidies and contributions potentially available for employers in Ontario, including programs offered or supported by the governments of Canada and Ontario. For further information please visit the Grants, Contributions and Financial Assistance website.

Youth Opportunities Ontario - Summer Job Service

Employers (including farm businesses and community organizations) may receive $2.00/hour wage subsidies as a special incentive to hire students for jobs that can last up to 16 weeks beginning in April and ending by September 30. For further information please visit the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities website.


Youth Opportunities Ontario

Youth Opportunities Ontario has several program components, which can help employers hire and train youths: Youth Opportunities Ontario - Job Connect: For employers who operate a business in Ontario, who are looking to hire staff, are ready to provide on-the-job-training, and/or who are seeking people who are willing and ready to work, Job Connect may reduce the costs associated with training a new employee. Youth Opportunities Ontario - Youth Apprenticeship Program: Employers expanding their workforce in skilled trades, and able to provide structured training and supervision, can be matched with pre-qualified apprenticeship candidates. Participating students must be at least 16 years old and entering Grade 11. For further information, please visit Youth Opportunities Ontario.


Collaborative Research Internships Program

This program provides financial assistance to innovative Canadian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) towards the employment of post-secondary graduates whose skills will help develop the company's technology. For further information, please visit NRC Science Collaborative Research Internships. The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario offer a number of programs to assist the hiring of students for summer jobs. Such programs usually open in the spring and run until fall. You should confirm the deadlines and application criteria with the program sponsor well in advance of your projected hiring dates.