Programmes/Schématisation Communautaire des Services

211 Ontario North

An online database/call centre that provides community information for the general public relating to all aspects of life, including the various employment and training opportunities that exist within the region.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: LSPC - Lakehead Social Planning Council
Partnerships: United Way of Thunder Bay, Fednor, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, the Ministry of Citizenship and I
Target Group: Anyone

Marie Klassen 807-624-1721 mklassen@tbaytel.net

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Aboriginal Bursary System

The purpose of the Aboriginal Bursary System is to provide Aboriginal students with a valuable tool to facilitate their pursuit of post-secondary studies. These awards are made available by various organizations and institutions. The website is essentially a search engine of the bursaries database.

Ministry: INAC - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Target Group: Aboriginals (Youth)

infopubs@ainc-inac.gc.ca

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Aboriginal Business Canada

Aboriginal Business Canada (ABC) provides assistance to Aboriginal entrepreneurs for business planning, start-up, expansion, marketing, new product and process development and other needs.

Ministry: INAC - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Partnerships: FedNor - Administered through Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF);
Target Group: Aboriginals

Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF) 106 Centennial Square, 2nd Floor Thunder Bay ON P7E 1H3 Tel.: (807) 623-5397 Fax: (807) 622-8271 gbuoncore@nadf.org

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Aboriginal Education Strategy: First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework

The framework includes approaches for schools and school boards that will: boost Aboriginal student achievement, help close the gap in achievement between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, and increase public confidence in publicly funded education. The framework also sets out strategies to integrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, histories and perspectives throughout the Ontario curriculum. This will increase knowledge and awareness among all students.

Ministry: MEDU - Education
Target Group: Aboriginals

Yvonne Morrison Aboriginal Education Coordinator (807) 474-2984 yvonne.morrison@ontario.ca Local school boards and schools have info as well

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Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy

The Strategy combines traditional and mainstream health and family healing services to meet the specific needs of Aboriginal peoples living on-reserve and in urban and rural communities. The Strategy ensures that Aboriginal peoples in Ontario design, provide direction, deliver and manage priority services for their communities.

Ministry: MCSS - Community and Social Services
Partnerships: MHLTC, Ontario Secretariat for Aboriginal Affairs, and the Ontario Women’s Directorate
Target Group: Aboriginals

Nishnawbe Aski Nation 100 Back Street Road, Unit #200 Thunder Bay, Ontario P7J 1L2 (807) 623-8228

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Aboriginal Job Centre

The Aboriginal Job Centre is an online database of jobs for Aboriginals across Canada and was developed in 2004 to respond to the need for an on-line employment tool directed towards the Aboriginal work force. This tool aims to meet the respective needs of both employers and job seekers.

Ministry: INAC - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Partnerships: Aboriginal Canada Portal
Target Group: Aboriginals

AboriginalJobs@ainc-inac.gc.ca 1-888-399-0111

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Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership Program (ASEP)

Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) is a nationally managed program geared to providing Aboriginal people with the skills they need to participate in economic opportunities such as northern mining, oil and gas, forestry, and hydro development projects across Canada.

Ministry: HRSDC - Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Partnerships: Canada Business (Industry Canada)
Target Group: Aboriginals

140 Promenade du portage, Phase IV Level 4, Mail drop 421, Gatineau (QC), K1A 0J9 (819) 956-8860 info@hrsdc-rhdsc.gc.ca

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Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS)

The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) is designed to expand the employment opportunities of Aboriginal people across Canada. Under this Strategy, Aboriginal organizations design and deliver employment programs and services best suited to meet the unique needs of their communities. ASETS is designed to assist Aboriginal people to prepare for, find, and keep jobs. All Aboriginal people, regardless of status or location, may access its programs and services.

Ministry: HRSDC - Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Target Group: Aboriginals

Matawa First Nations 233 S. Court St. Thunder Bay, ON P7B 2X9 Phone: 807-344-4575 YES Employment Services: 1116 Waterford Street Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5R1 (807) 623-0768

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Aboriginal Skills Development Program - (FSWEP)

Aboriginal Skills Development Program - Federal Student Work Experience Program (ASDP) provides opportunities for Aboriginal students across the federal Public Service not only as students, but also for indeterminate employment upon completion of school and/or provide them with skills and experience that they may choose to take to an Aboriginal government.

Ministry: INAC - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Partnerships: Industry Canada
Target Group: Aboriginals (Youth)

100 Anemki Dr, Ste 101 Thunder Bay, ON P7J 1A5 807-623-3534

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Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative (AWPI)

This initiative is dedicated to increasing the participation of Aboriginal people in the labour market. The AWPI works to break down the barriers that may deter the employment of Aboriginal peoples. This is accomplished by raising awareness of Aboriginal employment issues; enhancing the capacity of employers to recruit, promote and retain Aboriginal employees; and promoting information-sharing and networking among stakeholders.

Ministry: INAC - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Target Group: Aboriginals

100 Anemki Dr, Ste 101 Thunder Bay, ON P7J 1A5 807-623-3534

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Accelerated Access

PARO advisors are available at Accelerated Accesss to assist new not-for-profit organizations through their start-up phase; from advising and navigating through the not-for-profit status application process, to developing and implementing strategic plans.

Ministry: Government Funded Orgs.: PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise
Partnerships: FedNor; Ministry of Ontario; Government of Canada; City of Thunder Bay; Foundation Canadienne des Fe
Target Group: Women

PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise 110 - 105 May St. North Thunder Bay, ON P7C 3N9 (807) 625-0328 Toll-Free: 1-800-584-0252 Accelerator@paro.ca Email: info@paro.ca

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Achieving Success Program

Achieving Success is a 4 week job readiness program for youth experiencing employment challenges that provides development of a resume, skills assessment, job search assistance, and job coaching/on the job support followed by a work placement for up to 2

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: Ontario March of Dimes
Target Group: Youth

237 Camelot Street Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4B2 807-345-6595 edovick@marchofdimes.ca

Adult Learning Centre

The vision of Alpha Thunder Bay is to "make available basic education to all Francophones in Thunder Bay so that they can participate fully in their personal development and the well-being of the community." The organization provides the tools necessary for adults to gain the essential skills they need in order to attain the employment they desire.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: Alpha Thunder Bay
Target Group: Francophones

292 South Court Street South, Suite 400 Thunder Bay (Ontario) P7B 6C6 (807) 684-1960

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Adult Learning Centre

The Thunder Bay Literacy Group is a non-profit community-based organization. The services include one-on-one tutoring, small group literacy and numeracy classes. They also operate the Adult Learning Centre and offer full-time as well as part-time classes, including basic computer skills.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: Thunder Bay Literacy Group
Partnerships: Industry Canada Community Access Program; MTCU; Literacy Northwest; United Way; Independent Living Resource Canada; Lakehead Social Planning Council
Target Group: Literacy/Skills Upgrading

950 William St Thunder Bay, ON (807) 475-7211

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Advisory Services

Advisory services for individuals, teams or groups that assist with clarifying business concepts; exploring the feasibility of concepts; learning how to start-up a business; registering a business name or corporation, etc.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: Superior North CFDC
Partnerships: Industry Canada (FedNor)
Target Group: Anyone

7 Mill Rd. Terrace Bay, ON P0T2W0 807-825-4505 info@sncfdc.org

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Apprenticeship Grants: AIG and ACG

Apprenticeship grants fall under either Apprenticeship Incentive Grants or Apprenticeship Completion Grants. The AIG is a taxable cash grant available to registered apprentices once they have successfully completed their first or second year/level of an apprenticeship program in one of the Red Seal trades. The ACG is a $2,000 taxable cash grant designed to encourage apprentices registered in a designated Red Seal trade to complete their apprenticeship program and receive their certification. Apprentices will be able to apply for the ACG in July 2009 with eligibility made retroactive to January 1, 2009.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Partnerships: Service Canada
Target Group: Apprentices

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Apprenticeship Training Tax Credits

The Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit (ATTC) is a refundable tax credit available to employers who hire and train apprentices in certain skilled trades. The maximum credit available to employers is $5,000 per qualifying apprentice per taxation year.

Ministry: MOR - Revenue
Target Group: Employers

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AWPI Employer Toolkit

The toolkit helps employers to become more knowledgeable about Aboriginal employment issues and connect with people and organizations that are already making a difference in Aboriginal employment. It also provides access to helpful tools, models and other resources.

Ministry: INAC - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Target Group: Employers

Rachelle Charlebois-Ross AWPI Assistant Les Terrasses de la Chaudière CharleboisRoss@inac.gc.ca 10 Wellington Street, 11th Floor Gatineau, Québec K1A 0H4 Tel: (819) 994-5924

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Business Loan with GEDC

Entrepreneurs can apply to obtain a business loan through GEDC. GEDC is considered a "2nd lender."

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: GEDC - Greenstone Economic Development Corporation
Partnerships: Industry Canada (FedNor)
Target Group: Entrepreneurs/SMEs

Sylvie Goulet P.O. Box 1018 1409 Main Street Geraldton, ON P0T 1M0 (807) 854-2273 ext 27 info@gedc.ca

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Business Retention + Expansion

Business Retention + Expansion is a community-based, volunteer-driven, economic development tool to encourage the growth and stability of local businesses. BR+E promotes a welcoming business environment. It fosters job growth and economic prosperity in Ontario by helping communities identify actions to address both opportunities and barriers facing local businesses.

Ministry: OMAFRA - Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Target Group: Businesses

1-888-588-4111 bre.omafra@ontario.ca

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Business Start-up Assistant

The Business Start-Up Assistant provides essential business start-up information from the federal and provincial governments as well as many other sources for entrepreneurs.

Ministry: Industry Canada: Canada-Ontario Business Service Centre
Partnerships: Service Canada, Thunder Bay Ventures, Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre, Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund
Target Group: Entrepreneurs/SMEs

Form available on website.

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Canada Access Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities

The Canada Access Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities is awarded to high-need students with permanent disabilities who must cover the cost of educational and living expenses that exceeds the amount covered by Canada Student Loan and provincial financial assistance.

Ministry: HRSDC - Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Target Group: Persons With Disabilities

National Student Loans Service Centre P.O. Box 4030 Mississauga, Ontario L5A 4M4 1 888-815-4514

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Canada Small Business Financing (CSBF) Program

The CSBF Program can assist businesses in obtaining term loans of up to $500,000 to help finance fixed asset needs. The loans are made directly by a qualified lender, not through CSBF itself.

Ministry: Industry Canada: Canada-Ontario Business Service Centre
Partnerships: Service Canada, Thunder Bay Ventures, Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre, Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund
Target Group: Entrepreneurs/SMEs

Contact the participating private-sector lender of your choice.

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Canada Student Loans Program

The Canada Student Loans Program provides financial assistance in the form of loans and grants to post-secondary students who demonstrate financial need.

Ministry: HRSDC - Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Target Group: Post-Secondary Students

National Student Loans Service Centre PO Box 4030 Mississauga, ON L5A 4M4 1-888-815-4514

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Canada Student Loans Program - Permanent Disability Benefit

The Permanent Disability Benefit (PDB) allows for the forgiveness of Canada Student Loans for persons who have a permanent disability and are experiencing hardship repaying their loans due to their disability.

Ministry: HRSDC - Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Target Group: Persons with Disabilities

National Student Loans Service Centre P.O. Box 4030 Mississauga, Ontario L5A 4M4 1 888-815-4514

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Canada Study Grant for the Accommodation of Students with Permanent Disabilities

The Canada Study Grant for the Accommodation of Students with Permanent Disabilities is awarded to full- and part-time students with a permanent disability who must cover expenses that are related to their disability, such as the cost of tutors, interpreters, attendant care or special equipment.

Ministry: HRSDC - Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Target Group: Persons with Disabilities

National Student Loans Service Centre P.O. Box 4030 Mississauga, Ontario L5A 4M4 1 888-815-4514

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Canadian Youth Business Foundation

CYBF is a national charity providing start-up mentoring, financing and business resources for young Canadians to create their own businesses.

Ministry: Industry Canada
Partnerships: Greenstone Economic Development Corp.; Superior North CFDC
Target Group: Entrepreneurs/SMEs

Canadian Youth Business Foundation 100 Adelaide Street West Suite 1410 Toronto ON, M5H 1S3 1-866-646-2922

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Child Care Subsidy

Ontario's child care subsidy helps eligible families pay for child care. The Ontario government, municipal governments and First Nations communities share the cost of the program. The subsidy is provided to child care programs on behalf of eligible families.

Ministry: MCYS - Children and Youth Services
Partnerships: Local municipalities
Target Group: Child Care

Contact your local municipality for more information.

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Co-operative Education Tax Credit (CETC)

The Ontario government provides a refundable tax credit for businesses hiring students enrolled in a recognized post-secondary co-operative education program

Ministry: MOR - Revenue
Target Group: Businesses

Corporations should contact: 416 952-1409 Unincorporated businesses should contact: 1 866 668-8297 Ministry of Revenue Tax Compliance Branch Specialty Assessments Unit 33 King St W PO Box 629 Oshawa ON L1H 8X4

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Committee for the Advancement of Native Employment (CANE)

The purpose of the Committee for the Advancement of Native Employment (CANE) is to examine, explore and recommend ways to increase the number of Aboriginal persons employed within INAC, seek ways to retain these employees and improve the quality of their employment. To this end, CANE works co-operatively with senior management and other levels of the department to recommend and facilitate change to Aboriginal employment policies and programs within the department, and to address concerns raised by Aboriginal employees.

Ministry: INAC - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Target Group: Aboriginals

100 Anemki Dr, Ste 101 Thunder Bay, ON P7J 1A5 807-623-3534

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Community Futures Program

The Community Futures Program is an initiative funded by Industry Canada (FedNor). They provide operating and capital contributions to the CFDCs so that the CFDCs can in turn provide community strategic planning, business counseling and support, access to capital and Community Economic Development special project support. Further, Local Initiatives funds provided to the CFDCs allow the CFDCs to support local CED projects ($5,000-$10,000) that meet certain criteria. See listings of each CFDC under "Government-funded Independent Organizations" for more information.

Ministry: Industry Canada (Fednor)
Partnerships: Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund, Thunder Bay Ventures, Superior North Community Futures Development Corporation and Greenstone Economic Development Corporation
Target Group: Communities

Katherine Turner Fednor Initiatives Officer 244 Lincoln St. Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5L2 Katherine.Turner@ic.gc.ca (807)766-1805

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Computer Program

10 Week Basic Computer skills program in partnership with Confederation College. A teacher from the college comes onto the site and teaches basic skills such as word processing, power point, etc.

Ministry: TBDSSAB - Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board
Partnerships: Confederation College
Target Group: Ontario Works Participants

34 N. Cumberland Street 4th Flr., Thunder Bay (807) 766-2103

Contact North/Contact Nord

The Contact North Network provides access to education and training opportunities. Whether it is upgrading current skills through professional development, completing a secondary school diploma or pursuing post-secondary studies, Contact North helps Northern Ontario residents attain education and employment goals.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Partnerships: Offices in Nipigon, Terrace Bay, Greenstone, Manitouwadge, Thunder Bay
Target Group: Adult Learners

104-1139 Alloy Drive, Thunder Bay (807) 344-1616

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Discovery Skill Training

Computer training provided for community members. Focuses on introductory and basic skill development. The lab consists of 12 fully equipped computers. The cost is free!

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: Ontario March of Dimes
Target Group: Anyone

237 Camelot Street Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4B2 807-345-6595 edovick@marchofdimes.ca

Emerging Technology (NOHFC)

The Emerging Technology Program is designed to encourage both the private and public sectors to develop exciting and viable new technologies that will contribute to future northern prosperity.

Ministry: MNDMF - Northern Development, Mines and Forestry
Target Group: Municipalities, Aboriginals, not-for-profit corporations and educational institutions

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation Ontario Government Bldg (800) 461-8329 nohfc.ndm@ontario.ca www.nohfc.com

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Employment Ontario Service Providers: Employment Assistance Services

Each partner is an Employment Ontario funded employment assistance service that provides referrals to training; job bank resources; resume and interview workshops, etc.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Partnerships: Scandcorp Employment Resource Centre; YES Employment Services; Lakehead Employment Services; Manitouwadge Resource Centre (Con College); More Than Words
Target Group: Anyone

Employment Ontario Hot-Line: 1-800-387-5656

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Employment Ontario Service Providers: Labour Market Resource Centres

Labour Market Resource Centres are funded by Employment Ontario with the intention of providing current labour market information for the Thunder Bay District.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Partnerships: B.P. Doig Consulting; North Superior Workforce Planning Board
Target Group: Anyone

Employment Ontario Hot-Line: 1-800-387-5656

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Employment Ontario Service Providers: Literacy Agencies

Each partner is an Employment Ontario funded service that provides basic skills and literacy for individuals requiring upgrading or skill development.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Partnerships: Literacy Northwest; Thunder Bay Literacy Group; Confederation College; Canadian Hearing Society - Literacy & Life Skills Program; Anishnawbe Skills Development Program;
Target Group: Unemployed

Employment Ontario Hot-Line: 1-800-387-5656

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Employment Ontario Service Providers: Northwest Employment Works

Northwest Employment Works (NEW) can help people prepare for and find a job. NEW also works with employers to help them find and hire the qualified people they need.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Partnerships: Confederation College (Marathon; Nipigon; Thunder Bay; Geraldton); YES Employment Services
Target Group: Unemployed

http://www.northwestworks.ca/article/contact-us-121.asp

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Employment Ontario Service Providers: Self-Employment Services

The SEB program offers 42 weeks of Self-Employment Benefits ($423 weekly) to clients who are EI eligible or who are in reachback status (completed an EI claim in the past three years or maternity benefits in the last five years.) During the 42 weeks clients attend seminars and coaching sessions to help them prepare a business plan and then open and operate that business

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Partnerships: Jumpstart Self-Employment Program (BDO Dunwoody LLP); PARO
Target Group: Entrepreneurs/SMEs

325 S. Archibald Street. Suite 102 (previously McKellar Hospital) 622-3813 (Phone) 622-3732 (Fax) seb@bdojumpstart.ca

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Employment Ontario Service Providers: Training Providers

Each partner is an Employment Ontario funded training provider offering specific training toward trades, literacy, skill development and/or further education.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Partnerships: 10-4 Driving Academy; Academy of Learning; Lakehead Adult Education Centre; Confederation College; Northwest Worldwide Training; Construction & Allied Workers Local 607; Progressive Training Centre Inc.; Lakehead University; Anishnawbe Skills Development Program; Everest College; McKevitt Trucking L
Target Group: Anyone

Employment Ontario Hot-Line: 1-800-387-5656

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Employment Ontario: Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund

A source of funding for colleges of applied arts and technology to upgrade equipment and improve apprenticeship programs.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Colleges/institutions

1-800-387-5656

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Employment Ontario: Apprenticeship Innovation Fund

The Apprenticeship Innovation Fund (AIF) supports the development of high-quality curriculum for new and existing apprenticeship programs and the development of exemption tests for apprentices. AIF also supports the development of tools that enhance traditional classroom delivery and allow apprentices to learn at their own pace.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Colleges/Institutions

Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656

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Employment Ontario: Apprenticeship Scholarships/Employer Signing Bonuses

The $1,000 Apprenticeship Scholarship and $2,000 Employer signing bonus initiative encourages employers in the trades to register new apprentices in sectors where there is a high demand. This initiative will assist employers to hire and register as apprentices young people under 25 years of age who have left school prior to completing the minimum academic requirements for apprenticeship registration.Youth applicants must first complete their academic upgrading in order to become registered apprentices. These youth will (as a result of this initiative) receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Apprentices

Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656

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Employment Ontario: Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit

The Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit (ATTC) is a refundable tax credit for corporations and unincorporated businesses employing apprentices in certain skilled trades during the first 36 months of an apprenticeship program.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Businesses

(807) 345-8888 Or 1-800-439-5493

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Employment Ontario: Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program

The Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program combines a college diploma program and apprenticeship training leading to a Certificate of Qualification. Participants pursue both diploma courses and apprenticeship in-school training in a related skilled trade.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Apprentices

Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656

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Employment Ontario: Employment Assistance Services

Ontario Employment Assistance Services can help people connect with a variety of employment programs. It also has services to help people prepare for and find a job.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Anyone

http://www.211ontario.ca/ips/msearch?resultsBean.textView=false&resultsBean.showAreaServed=false&commonBean.location=Thunder%20Bay&resultsBean.currentPage=0&resultsBean.orderType=ORGANIZATION&multiBean.program=PR015&multiBean.client=CL000&resultsBean.inde

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Employment Ontario: Employment Resource Centres

Ontario Employment Resource Centres can help you learn about careers and how to find a job. They can: * Help you find out which jobs are in demand * Give you job searching tools and information * Build your job search skills * Suggest other services that may help you. Some centres also provide workshops on how to look for work, make career decisions, and perform well in a job interview.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Anyone

Scandcorp Employment Resource Centre MTCU-funded 975 Alloy Dr, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5Z8 807-683-1760

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Employment Ontario: Job Bank

The Job Bank website can help you search for jobs anywhere in Ontario – or across Canada.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Anyone

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Employment Ontario: Job Creation Partnerships

Ontario Job Creation Partnerships is an employment program that provides work experience to unemployed job seekers within projects that benefit the community or local economy. At the end of their participation, participants in the program will have recent work experience and additional skills to add to their résumés, increasing their chances of successfully finding long-term employment.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Unemployed

Employment Ontario hotline at 1-800-387-5656

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Employment Ontario: Labour Market Partnerships

The Ontario Labour Market Partnerships program supports partnerships among employers, employer/employee associations, and community organizations. The program is intended to help partners to: address identified labour market issues; develop and implement strategies to improve their ability to plan for their human resource needs; implement labour force adjustment measures to deal with changes in the labour market that are driven by technological, economic, demographic, and/or structural influences, including expansion, workplace problems, implications of changing technology for labour, changing educational requirements, and equity and youth issues.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Communities

Employment Ontario hotline at 1-800-387-5656

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Employment Ontario: Literacy and Basic Skills/Academic Upgrading

The Literacy and Basic Skills program helps people whose literacy skills fall below the Grade 9 level. Academic upgrading is also available to help people qualify for postsecondary training or employment. The program is divided into four streams, to best serve anglophone, deaf, francophone and Aboriginal learners.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Partnerships: Ministry of Education
Target Group: Literacy/Skills Upgrading

Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656

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Employment Ontario: Loans for Tools Program

The Loans for Tools program offers new apprentices a loan to help them buy the tools and equipment they need to perform the trade in which they are registered.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Apprentices

MTCU Loans for Tools program Toll-free 1-800-313-1746

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Employment Ontario: Modular Training

Modular training is workplace-based skills training for the mining, forestry and construction sectors, that is usually delivered in incremental units (i.e. modules) of short duration and is accredited at each step. Training is delivered by the industry in the workplace and there is usually no Ministry in-school component to modular training. Most modular training programs are compulsory in Ontario under the Occupational Health and Safety Act administered by the Ministry of Labour.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Employers

Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656

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Employment Ontario: Northwest Employment Works

Northwest Employment Works (NEW) can help people plan, prepare for and find a job. NEW also works with employers to help them find and hire the qualified people they need.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Anyone

(807) 473-3829 Confederation College 1450 Nakina Drive Shuniah Building, Room C107 Thunder Bay, Ontario

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Employment Ontario: Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program

Helps people become eligible for an apprenticeship by providing opportunities to strengthen skills related to his/her respective trade.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Partnerships: Ministry of Education
Target Group: Apprentices

Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities Apprenticeship Branch Thunder Bay, Ontario Office 807-346-1550

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Employment Ontario: Rapid Re-employment Training Services

The vision: Proactively respond to labour adjustment situations affected by layoffs, plant closures or job threatened across the province. * Deploy Rapid Response Teams to provide timely, focused and integrated training and employment solutions to affected workers and communities * Play a leadership role in coordinating a multi-ministry response to provide the full array of adjustment services and interventions to assist affected workers and communities * Identify inter-ministerial partnerships to leverage resources and expertise to enhance the value and effectiveness of the Ontario response * Enable the rapid access to adjustment services and training funds * Identify appropriate service providers in the community and address any service gaps

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Partnerships: Ministry of Education (?); Various other ministries and job training organizations as required
Target Group: Unemployed

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Employment Ontario: Rural Summer Jobs Service

The goal of the Rural Summer Jobs Service is to help create jobs which enhance the skills and work experience of students in rural Ontario. The program provides financial assistance to employers who can create jobs for students between the ages of 14 and 24 (29 if it is an individual with disabilities).

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Partnerships: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food & Rural Affairs
Target Group: Youth

rsjs.omafra@ontario.ca 1-888-588-4111

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Employment Ontario: Second Career

Second Career will support workers to gain skills and employment in new, high-skill occupations that are in demand in their communities. Recently laid-off unemployed workers, those eligible to receive Employment Insurance and those who are not, can visit their nearest Employment Ontario office. Tuition and some living costs are provided.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Unemployed

975 Alloy Dr Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5Z8 (807) 683-1760 OR: 1116 Waterford St Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5R1 (807) 623-0768

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Employment Ontario: Sector Intiatives Fund

The Sector Initiatives Fund (SIF) helps industry sectors and organizations develop training programs, standards, and materials for their workforces. This approach encourages the sector-wide research and planning needed to address skills gaps.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Businesses

Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656

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Employment Ontario: Self-Employment Benefit

The Ontario Self-Employment Benefit helps unemployed people start their own businesses. It can provide: * Financial help - up to 52 weeks of EI benefits * Advice on planning a business * Help as you start your business

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Partnerships: Greenstone Economic Development Corporation; Superior North Community Futures Development Corp.
Target Group: Unemployed

Lakehead Employment Services MTCU-funded 280 Park Ave, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 1C6 807-768-2700 http://www.211ontario.ca/ips/msearch?resultsBean.textView=false&resultsBean.showAreaServed=false&commonBean.location=Thunder%20Bay&resultsBean.currentPage=0&r

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Employment Ontario: Skills Development Program

Helps eligible unemployed people develop the marketable skills they need to re-enter the workforce. Program covers some of the costs associated with training, such as those for tuition and books

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Partnerships: Ministry of Education (?)
Target Group: Unemployed

Lakehead Employment Services MTCU-funded 280 Park Ave, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 1C6 807-768-2700 http://www.211ontario.ca/ips/msearch?resultsBean.textView=false&resultsBean.showAreaServed=false&commonBean.location=Thunder%20Bay&resultsBean.currentPage=0&r

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Employment Ontario: Summer Jobs Program

Consists of various programs geared toward employing students and offering experience in the workforce. Also, provides employers with hiring incentive of $2 per hour to provide summer job placements for students.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Partnerships: Ministry of Education; Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
Target Group: Employers

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Employment Ontario: Superior Connections: Ontario Targeted Wage Subsidy

Superior Connections assists eligible unemployed individuals in obtaining long-term sustainable employment. This program enhances an eligible job seeker’s opportunity by providing: an Employment Referral Service, Job Development Services and a Wage Subsidy. Program services are provided for Customers in the Thunder Bay, Northshore and Greenstone labour markets.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Partnerships: Grant Thornton LLP
Target Group: Employers

Susan Cannon Scannon@GrantThornton.ca (807) 346-7201 Anita Muggeridge Amuggeridge@GrantThornton.ca (807) 346-7218

Employment Ontario: Adjustment Advisory Program

Through the Adjustment Advisory Program (AAP), the Ontario government works with employers, employees and communities to develop strategies to cope with company downsizing or plant closures.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Communities

(416) 212-0502 (416) 326-5656 1-800-387-5656

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Employment Ontario: Employer Signing Bonus

The 2004 Ontario Budget included a new $2,000 Employer Signing Bonus initiative to encourage employers in the trades to register new apprentices in sectors where there is a high demand for skilled workers. This initiative will assist employers to hire and register youth under 25 years of age who have left school and require upgrading to meet the registration standards for apprenticeship training.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Employers

Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656

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Employment Ontario: Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program is a specialized cooperative education program for students interested in Apprenticeship Training. Students can earn cooperative education credits and begin logging hours as registered apprentices in their chosen trade.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Youth

TBCDSB: Ivan Strachan 2nd Floor 115 W. Mary Street P7E4K5 (807) 625-1576 istracha@tbcdsb.on.ca LDSB: Lou Kok Jim McCuaig Education Centre 2135 Sills Street Thunder Bay P7E5T2 louis.kok@lakeheadschools.ca

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Employment Ontario: Schreiber/Terrace Bay Adult Learning Association

The Schreiber – Terrace Bay Adult Learning Centre offers the following programs to people in the area: * Information on all adult learning needs * Upgrading in reading, writing, and math skills * Help learning basic computer skills * Pre-GED upgrading skills * Help developing the skills to be successful on the GED (Grade 12 equivalency) test * Provide basic skills training for the workplace, at the request of employers * Training support is available; transportation to the Learning Centre and childcare

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Partnerships: The Schreiber – Terrace Bay Adult Learning Centre offers the following programs to people in the area: * Information on all adult learning needs * Upgrading in reading, writing, and math skills * Help learning basic computer skills * Pre-GED upgrading skills * Help developing th
Target Group: Literacy/Skills Upgrading

212 Manitoba Street Schreiber, ON P0T 2S0 (807) 824-3164 (807) 824-1250

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Employment Ontario: Targeted Wage Subsidies Program

This service is designed to provide on-the-job work experience to unemployed people who are or have recently been eligible to receive Employment Insurance and are experiencing difficulty in finding work and to enable employers to hire people who face barriers to employment by offering temporary wage subsidies.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Partnerships: Service Canada
Target Group: Unemployed

975 Alloy Drive Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5Z8 (807) 683-1760

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Employment Services

The March of Dimes Employment Services helps individuals facing employment challenges to identify personal abilities and limitations; potential for improvement; work accomodations; education, training and services required to prepare for and maintain employment.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: Ontario March of Dimes
Partnerships: Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) (through MCSS); Canadian Pension Plan (CPP); Workplace Saf
Target Group: Persons With Disabilities

237 Camelot Street Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4B2 807-345-6595 edovick@marchofdimes.ca

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Enterprises North Job Creation Program (NOHFC)

The NOHFC's Enterprises North Job Creation Program supports initiatives aimed at creating jobs and positioning small and medium-sized businesses for success.

Ministry: MNDMF - Northern Development, Mines and Forestry
Target Group: Entrepreneurs/SMEs

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation Ontario Government Bldg (800) 461-8329 nohfc.ndm@ontario.ca www.nohfc.com

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Family Resource Programs (FRP)

A range of support services are provided to caregivers of young children. Family Resource Programs aim to improve the quality of care provided in unlicensed child care settings, provide information about options concerning child care arrangements, provide training for private home day care providers, and enhance interactions between children and their parents and other caregivers. Services include: * Drop in Programs * Play Groups * Respite * Parenting Supports and Resources * Workshops * Toy Lending Library * Child Care Registry

Ministry: TBDSSAB - Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board
Target Group: Child Care

34 N. Cumberland Street 4th Flr., Thunder Bay (807) 766-2103

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Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)

The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) helps match students with federal departments and agencies for temporary jobs by maintaining a national inventory of students seeking employment within the federal public service.

Ministry: Industry Canada
Partnerships: Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC); Service Canada
Target Group: Youth

1 888 780-4444

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Fee Subsidy

Financial assistance is provided towards the cost of day nursery or private home day care services for parents, foster parents, or legal guardians of children who are between 0 - 12 years. Funding is either provided in accordance with the DNA or Ontario Works Act.

Ministry: TBDSSAB - Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board
Target Group: Child Care

34 N. Cumberland Street 4th Flr., Thunder Bay (807) 766-2103

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Financing

Superior North CFDC administers a local investment fund to help finance new or existing small businesses and social enterprises for start-up, expansion or stabilization plans that help maintain or create jobs.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: Superior North CFDC
Partnerships: Industry Canada (FedNor)
Target Group: Entrepreneurs/SMEs

7 Mill Rd. Terrace Bay, ON P0T2W0 807-825-4505 info@sncfdc.org

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First Job Industrial Internship Program

The development of an Ontario-wide internship program provides a coordinated approach to improve (technology and innovation) receptor capacity by utilizing the existing infrastructure in the province to deliver a clearly defined, flexible program. This will enable the placement of new human resources, in industry, which allows for growth in terms of adoption of technology and the ultimate realization of new revenue. The program feeds two needs: the short-term need of the industrial partner, to provide the resources to take them to the next level in their growth and the long-term need to place a new generation of graduates, with the appropriate skills, in relevant industrial sectors. Internships in industry can play a strong role in helping to develop the people essential to become the upcoming generation of managers and innovators, thus enabling an increase in technology receptor capacity across the province.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: OCE - Ontario Centres of Excellence
Partnerships: Ministry of Research and Innovation
Target Group: Post-Secondary Students

Marc Nantel (866) 759-6014 x 1025 marc.nantel@oce-ontario.org

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First Nation, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) Post-Secondary Education & Training (PSET) Policy Framework.

The First Nation, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) Post-Secondary Education & Training (PSET) Policy Framework provides the strategic direction by which all parties will work together to improve post-secondary education, training and employment outcomes for Aboriginal people.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Aboriginals

Gateway: A Path to Self-Employment

Offers business development programming to women in Thunder Bay and Area who are unemployed and eligble for Employment Insurance (EI), have been eligible for EI n the last three years or have been on maternity benefits in the last five years. The Gateway Program helps women to get their business ideas started and continues to provide support and assistance in the development of the business, even after it is open. The Gateway program also allows women to receive Self-Employment Benefits (SEB) for the duration of the program, providing a vital supporting income during the business start-up phase.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise
Partnerships: FedNor; Ministry of Ontario; Government of Canada; City of Thunder Bay; Foundation Canadienne des Fe
Target Group: Women

PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise 110 - 105 May St. North Thunder Bay, ON P7C 3N9 (807) 625-0328 Toll-Free: 1-800-584-0252 gateway@paro.ca Email: info@paro.ca

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Global Experience Ontario

Global Experience Ontario 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.

Ministry: MCI - Citizenship & Immigration
Partnerships: Ontario Immigration
Target Group: Immigrants

435 James Street South Suite 334 Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6S7 (807) 475-1683

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Income Assistance Program

The objective of INAC's Income Assistance Program is to provide individuals and families with the means to meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. Additionally, when funding is available, INAC has the authority to support pre-employment activities such as counselling, education upgrading, life skills training, etc.

Ministry: INAC - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Target Group: Aboriginals

100 Anemki Dr, Ste 101 Thunder Bay, ON P7J 1A5 807-623-3534

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Indian Studies Support Program

Support is provided to post-secondary institutions for the development and delivery of special programs for Indians through the Indian Studies Support Program (ISSP).

Ministry: INAC - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Target Group: Post-Secondary Institutions

100 Anemki Dr, Ste 101 Thunder Bay, ON P7J 1A5 807-623-3534

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Information Technology Training for Women

Information Technology Training for Women is a program that enables women to secure employment, further training and certification in the IT sector, or to enter level 2 of IT apprenticeship programs recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. The program offers career awareness, recruitment and retention of women in a sector where skill shortages currently exist.

Ministry: OWD - Ontario Women's Directorate
Target Group: Women

Ontario Women's Directorate 777 Bay Street, 6th Floor Toronto, Ontario M7A 2J4 1-866-510-5902

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Infrastructure and Community Development (NOHFC)

The NOHFC's Infrastructure and Community Development Program helps northern communities make the investments necessary to improve critical infrastructure and develop partnerships that find effective ways to create jobs and improve economic prospects in the North

Ministry: MNDMF - Northern Development, Mines and Forestry
Target Group: Municipalities, Aboriginals, not-for-profit corporations and educational institutions

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation Ontario Government Bldg (800) 461-8329 nohfc.ndm@ontario.ca www.nohfc.com

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Interactive Business Planner

The IBP is the first business planning software product designed specifically to operate on the World Wide Web. The IBP uses the capabilities of the Internet to assist entrepreneurs in preparing a 3 year business plan for their new or existing business.

Ministry: Industry Canada: Canada-Ontario Business Service Centre
Partnerships: Service Canada, Thunder Bay Ventures, Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre, Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund
Target Group: Entrepreneurs/SMEs

Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) 34 Cumberland Street North Suite 201 P.O. Box 800 Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C 5K4 807-625-3960

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Internship Program

The program offers two years of entry-level experience in the Ontario Public Service (OPS). Through exposure to different ministries and different work assignments, students expand their potential, gain new skills, and make professional contacts that can be drawn upon throughout their career.

Ministry: OPS - Ontario Public Service
Partnerships: Various government ministries
Target Group: Post-secondary Students

1-800-387-5656 opsintern@ontario.ca

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Internship Program for Internationally Trained Individuals

Newcomers with a minimum of three years of international work experience are eligible for a placement of up to six months within the Ontario Public Service. The Ontario government works with Career Bridge to place up to 70 interns in a wide variety of fields including finance, chemistry, business administration, communications and environmental sciences.

Ministry: MCI - Citizenship & Immigration
Partnerships: Ontario Public Service; Career Bridge (Career Edge)
Target Group: Immigrants

435 James Street South Suite 334 Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6S7 (807) 475-1683

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Job Bank - Training and Careers Website

A Service Canada affiliated website that provides general information for individuals regarding training, career and worker information. The site provides information specific to workers rights, learning and training opportunities and potential career opportunities.

Ministry: Service Canada
Target Group: Anyone

http://www.JobsEtc.gc.ca

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Job Placement

Ontario March of Dimes staff helps a company recruit willing and able candidates for positions within an organization. Services include: Job Placement – Facilitating and Supporting the Hiring of Staff.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: Ontario March of Dimes
Partnerships: MTCU, Ontario Works, ODSP, WSIB, CPPD and Achieveing Success (Skills Link with Service Canada).
Target Group: Employers

237 Camelot Street Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4B2 807-345-6595 edovick@marchofdimes.ca

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Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Program

The LINC Program provides free basic French and English language courses to adult permanent residents.

Ministry: MCI - Citizenship & Immigration
Partnerships: Thunder Bay Multicultural Association
Target Group: Immigrants

Thunder Bay Multicultural Association 17 North Court Street Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4T4 807-345-0551

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Learning Centre

Offered for 4 days a week during the school year to Ontario Works Participants in need of acquiring high school credit.

Ministry: TBDSSAB - Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board
Partnerships: Lakehead Board of Education
Target Group: Ontario Works Participants

34 N. Cumberland Street 4th Flr., Thunder Bay (807) 766-2103

Learning, Earning and Parenting Program (LEAP)

Provides intensive case management assistance to young parents aged sixteen to twenty-one years who have not finished high school and are receiving financial assistance through Ontario Works or ODSP.

Ministry: TBDSSAB - Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board
Target Group: Youth

34 N. Cumberland Street 4th Flr., Thunder Bay (807) 766-2103

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Lifelong Learning Plan

This program allows individuals to withdraw funds from their Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) to finance training or education for themselves, their spouse or their common-law partner.

Ministry: Canada Revenue Agency
Target Group: Post-Secondary Students

Thunder Bay Tax Services Office Canada Revenue Agency 130 South Syndicate Avenue Thunder Bay, Ontario P7E 1C7

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Linking Investors and Entrepreneurs

NOEG is Northern Ontario's only non-profit agency linking Northern Ontario companies and angel investors. The purpose is to facilitate and stimulate investment into high-growth potential companies.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: Northern Ontario Enterprise Gateway
Partnerships: Industry Canada (FedNor); Government of Canada; RBC Royal Bank; BDC; TBayTel; Northco Group
Target Group: Entrepreneurs/SMEs

Jim Noble Regional Coordinator, P.O. Box 94 Providence Bay, ON POP 1T0 (705) 377-7600 Email: info@noeg.ca

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Literacy and Basic Skills Program

The Ontario Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) program assists adults to develop basic skills (reading, math, communication, and computer basics) in order to reach the goals of: • Employment • Independence • Further Education or Training The LBS program is free and confidential. Although it focuses on unemployed adults, the program is open to any Ontario adult.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: Literacy Northwest
Partnerships: Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board (Ontario Works); MTCU
Target Group: Literacy/Skills Upgrading

135 N. Syndicate Ave. Suite #204 Thunder Bay, ON P7C 3V6 Tel: (807) 622-6666 info@literacynorthwest.on.ca

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Literacy Screen and Training Program

Established to assist Ontario Works participants who cannot get or keep a job because they do not have basic reading, writing, and math skills.

Ministry: TBDSSAB - Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board
Target Group: Ontario Works Participants

34 N. Cumberland Street 4th Flr., Thunder Bay (807) 766-2103

Local Initiative Contribution

A Local Initiative Contribution, also known as an LIC, is a form of funding provided by GEDC to Non-Profit organizations for eligible activities that support community economic development objectives. Grants are up to $5,000.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: GEDC - Greenstone Economic Development Corporation
Partnerships: Industry Canada (FedNor)
Target Group: Non-Profit Org.

Sylvie Goulet P.O. Box 1018 1409 Main Street Geraldton, ON P0T 1M0 (807) 854-2273 ext 27 info@gedc.ca

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Local Initiative Contribution

A Local Initiative Contribution, also known as an LIC, is a form of funding provided by Superior North CFDC to Non-Profit organizations for eligible activities that support community economic development objectives.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: Superior North CFDC
Partnerships: Industry Canada (FedNor)
Target Group: Non-Profit Org.

7 Mill Rd. Terrace Bay, ON P0T2W0 807-825-4505 info@sncfdc.org

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Local Initiatives Contribution

A Local Initiative Contribution, also known as an LIC, is a form of funding provided by Superior North CFDC to Non-Profit organizations for eligible activities that support community economic development objectives.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: Thunder Bay Ventures
Partnerships: Industry Canada (FedNor)
Target Group: Non-Profit Org.

P.O. Box 10116, 1294 Balmoral Street Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 6T6, (807)768-6650

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Making a Difference: Investing in Women's Futures

Offers business and employment development services to women at PARO Centre or through PARO on Wheels throughout Northwestern Ontario. The program offers business counselling, weekly workshops, on-line workshops, access to financing, and tele-sessions.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise
Partnerships: FedNor; Ministry of Ontario; Government of Canada; City of Thunder Bay; Foundation Canadienne des Femmes; CEDTAP; Status of Women Canada
Target Group: Women

PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise 110 - 105 May St. North Thunder Bay, ON P7C 3N9 (807) 625-0328 Toll-Free: 1-800-584-0252 Email: info@paro.ca

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MNR Internship Program

The MNR Internship Program provides students with specific skills and learning opportunities to help make the transition from school to a professional environment. MNR Interns can participate in a maximum of two 10-month (40-weeks) placements. Learning opportunities focus on the ministry’s key business. Interns also receive comprehensive career development training and career coaching.

Ministry: MNR - Natural Resources
Target Group: Youth

Thunder Bay District MNR Office 435 South James St., Suite B001 Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6S8 807-475-1261

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Next Generation of Jobs Fund: Jobs and Investment Program

The Jobs and Investment Program (JIP) helps companies in a wide range of sectors to expand in Ontario and develop innovative products for global markets. Projects must either create or retain at least 100 jobs, or invest $25 million over five years.

Ministry: MED - Economic Development
Target Group: Businesses

1-800-819-8701 info@2ontario.com

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Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund

Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF) is an aboriginal owned and controlled organization delivering business and financial services to the First Nations of Nishnawbe Aski Nation. NADF currently manages a range of programs: Aboriginal Business Canada, Retail Services, Loan Fund, Leasing Division, Aboriginal Buying Circle, Aboriginal Business Service Network, Partnership Development Advisor, Community Futures Development and the Northern Access Centre for Native Business.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund
Partnerships: Industry Canada (FedNor)
Target Group: Aboriginals

106 Centennial Square, 2nd Floor Thunder Bay, ON P7J 1E6 1-800-465-6821

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Northern Ontario Development Program: Business Financing Support

The Business Financing Component of FedNor's NODP is committed to improving access to capital for small and medium-size enterprises in the North. FedNor stimulates investment in higher-risk enterprises by providing capital to community-based investment funds.

Ministry: Industry Canada (FedNor)
Partnerships: Administered through Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs)
Target Group: Entrepreneurs/SMEs

Katherine Turner Fednor Initiatives Officer 244 Lincoln St. Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5L2 Katherine.Turner@ic.gc.ca (807)766-1805

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Northern Ontario Development Program: Human Capital (Youth Internship - Not-for-Profit)

The Youth Internship - Not-for-Profit Component encourages employers to provide young northerners with education-related job experience which would ideally lead to permanent full-time employment with the host organization or another Northern Ontario employer.

Ministry: Industry Canada (FedNor)
Partnerships: Various NFP Organizations and Small Businesses
Target Group: Employers

Katherine Turner Fednor Initiatives Officer 244 Lincoln St. Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5L2 Katherine.Turner@ic.gc.ca (807)766-1805

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Northern Ontario Development Program: Human Capital (Youth Internships - Private Sector Program)

This program encourages employers to provide young northerners with education-related work experience which would ideally lead to full-time employment within Northern Ontario.

Ministry: Industry Canada (FedNor)
Target Group: Employers

Katherine Turner Fednor Initiatives Officer 244 Lincoln St. Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5L2 Katherine.Turner@ic.gc.ca (807)766-1805

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Northern Ontario Development Program: Information and Communications Technology

The Information and Technology Communication component of FedNor's NODP is committed to enhancing telecommunications infrastructure and networks throughout the North. This is an effort to increase opportunities for local business, build high speed data linkages to rural areas and to facilitate community economic development. Support and assistance may be provided to increase opportunities for local businesses, and establish high-speed data linkages to rural areas, which will facilitate community economic development and access to services.

Ministry: Industry Canada (FedNor)
Target Group: Communities

Katherine Turner Fednor Initiatives Officer 244 Lincoln St. Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5L2 Katherine.Turner@ic.gc.ca (807)766-1805

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Northern Ontario Development Program: Innovation

The Innovation component of FedNor's NODP seeks to increase the overall competitive position of the North by promoting interaction between science and industry. To help Northern companies bring new products and services to market, FedNor provides additional support for early stage research and development.

Ministry: Industry Canada (FedNor)
Target Group: Entrepreneurs/SMEs

Katherine Turner Fednor Initiatives Officer 244 Lincoln St. Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5L2 Katherine.Turner@ic.gc.ca (807)766-1805

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Northern Ontario Development Program: Trade and Tourism

The Trade and Tourism component of FedNor's NODP assists with trade skills development, trade expansion and export development. FedNor helps Northern firms enter world markets. It also encourages the application of electronic commerce and the development of small and medium-sized enterprises’ export capacity. To stimulate higher levels of tourism activity and tourism revenues in Northern Ontario, FedNor is committed to supporting and enhancing the tourism industry through infrastructure development, marketing and promotions, product development, training and education.

Ministry: Industry Canada (FedNor)
Target Group: Anyone

Katherine Turner Fednor Initiatives Officer 244 Lincoln St. Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5L2 Katherine.Turner@ic.gc.ca (807)766-1805

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Northern Ontario Entrepreneur Program (NOHFC)

The NOHFC's Northern Ontario Entrepreneur Program aims to mobilize motivated entrepreneurs and community builders in the North to secure a prosperous economy and foster long term job creation. Up to $125,000 funding per project is available. Eligible candidates must be residents of Northern Ontario who are starting a for-profit business with the intent of operating full-time and have the potential for job creation

Ministry: MNDMF - Northern Development, Mines and Forestry
Target Group: Entrepreneurs/SMEs

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation Ontario Government Bldg (800) 461-8329 nohfc.ndm@ontario.ca www.nohfc.com

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Northern Ontario Grant Assistance Program

The Northern Ontario Grant Assistance Program is an incentive grant program designed to recruit social service professionals to full-time vacant positions in ministry-funded agencies located in Northern Ontario. NOGAP has two main components: incentive grants and education grants

Ministry: MCYS - Children and Youth Services
Partnerships: Ministry of Community and Social Services
Target Group: Social Service and Rehabilitation Professionals

Northern Ontario Grant Assistance Program Northeast Mental Health Centre 680 Kirkwood Dr. Sudbury ON P3E 1X3 (705) 675-9193 ext. 8411

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Northern Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Program (NOHFC)

The NOHFC's Northern Ontario Young Entrepreneur Program aims to mobilize a new generation of entrepreneurs and community builders in the North. Up to $25,000 is available per project.

Ministry: MNDMF - Northern Development, Mines and Forestry
Partnerships: Youth Connect North
Target Group: Entrepreneurs/SMEs

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation Ontario Government Bldg (800) 461-8329 nohfc.ndm@ontario.ca www.nohfc.com

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Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre (NWOIC)

The Innovation Centre acts as a pivotal player in growing Northwestern Ontario’s innovation capacity. By encouraging ongoing cooperation between business, education and government, the Centre is a driving force to improve economic vitality. In addition, the Centre seeks out new approaches to improve, enhance and invigorate a commercialization system in our region.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre (NWOIC)
Partnerships: Thunder Bay Ventures; FedNor
Target Group: Businesses

1294 Balmoral St., Suite 150 Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5Z5 807-768-6682 info@nwoinnovation.ca

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NWO Investment Pool

Several Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in Northwestern Ontario now have the ability to provide loans to Northwestern Ontario businesses in excess of their normal lending cap of $150,000 to as much as $500,000. These loans are available to Northwestern Ontario Businesses for starting a new business or expanding an existing business.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: Northwestern Ontario Investment Pool
Partnerships: Industry Canada (FedNor); Thunder Bay Ventures; Superior North Community Futures Development Corp.
Target Group: Businesses

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ODSP: Employment Support

Employment Supports helps disabled people to ensure that they have access to the employment supports needed to assist them to become employed and to retain employment.

Ministry: MCSS - Community and Social Services
Target Group: Persons with Disabilities

435 James Street South, Suite 111 Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6S7 (807) 473-3130

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ODSP: Employment Support Special Project Funding

Regional Offices may provide time-limited funding to projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to providing employment supports for people with disabilities which respond to local needs and/or fill gaps.

Ministry: MCSS - Community and Social Services
Target Group: Persons With Disabilities

Ontario Disability Support Program - Income and Employment Supports 435 James Street South, Suite 111 Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6S7 Tel: (807) 473-3130

ODSP: Income Support

Ontario Disability Support Program Income Support is financial help for people with disabilities. It can help pay for living expenses, like food and housing.

Ministry: MCSS - Community and Social Services
Target Group: Persons with Disabilities

435 James Street South, Suite 111 Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6S7 (807) 473-3130

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Ontario Business Program Guide

The Ontario Business Program Guide is your resource to government-funded programs and services for Ontario businesses.

Ministry: MED - Economic Development
Target Group: Businesses

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Ontario Business Program Guide

A resource guide for Ontario government programs for small and medium-sized businesses.

Ministry: MSBCS - Small Business and Consumer Services
Target Group: Entrepreneurs/SMEs

1-800-567-2345

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Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families

The Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families is a tax-free monthly payment that helps families pay for the costs of raising children under 7 years of age. The program helps families who: * are low-to-middle income single or two-parent families * have one stay-at-home parent * have one or both parents studying or in training.

Ministry: MOR - Revenue
Partnerships: Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Target Group: Child Care

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Ontario Native Literacy Coalition - Anishnawbe Skills Development Program

Program offers a prior learning assessment; essential skills training, educational upgrading and computer training for Aboriginals.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Partnerships: Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre, Magnus Theatre, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Northern Woman's Bookstore (pending)
Target Group: Aboriginals

401 North Cumberland St. Thunder Bay ON P7A 4P7 807-345-5840 ext 246 or ext 247

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

The Ontario Student Assistance Program provides financial assistance to post-secondary students who demonstrate financial need.

Ministry: MTCU - Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Post-Secondary Students

National Student Loans Service Centre PO Box 4030 Mississauga, ON L5A 4M4 1-888-815-4514

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Ontario Works

The Ontario Works Program provides income and employment assistance for people who are in temporary financial need. This is delivered through TBDSSAB in the Thunder Bay region.

Ministry: MCSS - Community and Social Services
Partnerships: Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board
Target Group: Unemployed

34 N. Cumberland Street 4th Flr., Thunder Bay Phone: 807 684-2439, 1 877 281-2958 435 James Street South Suite 111, Thunder Bay Phone: (807) 473-3130, 1-800-465-5561

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Ontario Works: Addiction Services Initiative

Addiction services are provided for participants of Ontario Works who are concerned that their substance use may be preventing them from finding and keeping a job, or from participating in employment activities.

Ministry: TBDSSAB - Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board
Partnerships: Ontario March of Dimes
Target Group: Ontario Works Participants

34 N. Cumberland Street 4th Flr., Thunder Bay (807) 766-2103

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Ontario Works: Community Placement Woodworking Program

The Ontario Works Employment Resource Centre offers a Community Placement Woodworking Program featuring a woodworking shop with a full time instructor. The Program produces various items for community non-profit organizations including cabinetry and tables.

Ministry: TBDSSAB - Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board
Partnerships: City of Thunder Bay
Target Group: Ontario Works Participants

Ontario Works - 34 N. Cumberland Street 4th Flr., Thunder Bay (807) 684-2439

Ontario Works: Community Placements

This program matches a participant's skills and employment goals with a community agency or organization. Participants placed in agencies are able to gain valuable work experience through "on-the-job training".

Ministry: TBDSSAB - Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board
Target Group: Non-Profit Org.

34 N. Cumberland Street 4th Flr., Thunder Bay (807) 766-2103

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Ontario Works: Employment Assistance

Ontario Works' Employment Assistance can give practical help to prepare for and find a job.

Ministry: TBDSSAB - Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board
Target Group: Ontario Works Participants

Ontario Works - 34 N. Cumberland Street 4th Flr., Thunder Bay (807) 684-2439

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Ontario Works: Employment Resource Centre

Assists Ontario Works participants by providing: Support & Counselling Services; Assistance in accessing job leads; Information about other programs; Computer assistance to update resumes and write cover letters. Job Search Tools: Access to HRDC Job bank website; Computer/Internet access; Fax, Phone, Photocopying; One on one counselling; Information on the Enhanced Employment Placement Program (for paid employment and training); Community Placement Program (for volunteer opportunities)

Ministry: TBDSSAB - Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board
Target Group: Ontario Works Participants

707 East Victoria Ave. Victoriaville Mall Thunder Bay, ON (807) 625-2887

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Ontario Works: Employment Supports

Services provided to participants of Ontario Works. Training includes WHMIS, Smart Serve, Hospitality Training, Customer Service Training, Janitorial Training, computer training, Resume, Cover Letter and Interviewing workshops amongst many others in the City.

Ministry: TBDSSAB - Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board
Target Group: Ontario Works Participants

34 N. Cumberland Street 4th Flr., Thunder Bay (807) 766-2103

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Ontario Works: Enhanced Employment Placement Program

Assists job-ready participants who are receiving Ontario Works into paid employment by off setting employer hiring and training costs with a wage/training subsidy. Participants are provided with training and financial assistance as they seek out employment opportunities.

Ministry: TBDSSAB - Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board
Target Group: Ontario Works Participants

34 N. Cumberland Street 4th Flr., Thunder Bay (807) 766-2103

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Ontario Works: Financial Assistance

Ontario Works can provide money to help cover the costs of basic needs (e.g. food) and housing costs.

Ministry: TBDSSAB - Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board
Target Group: Ontario Works Participants

34 N. Cumberland Street 4th Flr., Thunder Bay (807) 766-2103

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Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities

The Opportunities Fund is a program designed to help people with disabilities prepare for and obtain employment or self-employment. It also assists people to develop the skills they need to keep a new job.

Ministry: HRSDC - Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Partnerships: Service Canada
Target Group: Persons with Disabilities

1-800-622-6232

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Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee 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.

Ministry: MCI - Citizenship & Immigration
Target Group: Immigrants

435 James Street South Suite 334 Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6S7 (807) 475-1683 Opportunities.Ontario@ontario.ca

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OPS Learn and Work Program

Re-engages youth ages 16 to 19 from priority communities by offering them meaningful cooperative education work experiences in the Ontario government and its related agencies. Upon completion, students receive 5 credits toward their high school diploma.

Ministry: Government and Consumer Services
Partnerships: Ministry of Education; Ministry of Children and Youth Services; Ministry of Natural Resources
Target Group: Youth

ops.learning@ontario.ca

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PARO Centre

Provides an incubator and resource centre for everyday use or for office space and equipment rental.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise
Partnerships: FedNor; Ministry of Ontario; Government of Canada; City of Thunder Bay; Foundation Canadienne des Femmes; CEDTAP; Status of Women Canada
Target Group: Women

PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise 110 - 105 May St. North Thunder Bay, ON P7C 3N9 (807) 625-0328 Toll-Free: 1-800-584-0252 Email: info@paro.ca

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PARO Leads & Links

Delivers networking, learning, events, and marketing opportunities to women entrepreneurs and by partnering in the region throughout the Northwest.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise
Partnerships: FedNor; Ministry of Ontario; Government of Canada; City of Thunder Bay; Foundation Canadienne des Femmes; CEDTAP; Status of Women Canada
Target Group: Women

PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise 110 - 105 May St. North Thunder Bay, ON P7C 3N9 (807) 625-0328 Toll-Free: 1-800-584-0252 Email: info@paro.ca

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PARO On Wheels

PARO on Wheels is a traveling van that offers a visible, mobile information and training service for women living in outlying regional communities. Our PARO on Wheels team travels regularly to communities from Wawa to Kenora, offering women-centred business and employment development services. As a team, we host regular focus group sessions to keep current with the concerns of northern women and to help us propose and implement collaborative solutions.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise
Partnerships: FedNor; Ministry of Ontario; Government of Canada; City of Thunder Bay; Foundation Canadienne des Femmes; CEDTAP; Status of Women Canada
Target Group: Women

PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise 110 - 105 May St. North Thunder Bay, ON P7C 3N9 (807) 625-0328 Toll-Free: 1-800-584-0252 Email: info@paro.ca

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PARO Presents Store

Provides a social purpose enterprise for Northern women entrepreneurs and artisans who wish to sell their products and access retail training.This is a proven way to learn how to better market your products. Shop for fine quality locally handcrafted products or sell your product.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise
Partnerships: FedNor; Ministry of Ontario; Government of Canada; City of Thunder Bay; Foundation Canadienne des Femmes; CEDTAP; Status of Women Canada
Target Group: Women

PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise 110 - 105 May St. North Thunder Bay, ON P7C 3N9 (807) 625-0328 Toll-Free: 1-800-584-0252 Email: info@paro.ca

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PARO's Circles and Loans

Circles and Loans help women to increase their capacity for economic self-reliance. Peer Circles are self-selected groups of 4 - 7 women whose members share and network amongst themselves for mutual business benefit. Circle members share their experiences, advise each other, support each other and help each other expand their contact networks.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise
Partnerships: FedNor; Ministry of Ontario; Government of Canada; City of Thunder Bay; Foundation Canadienne des Femmes; CEDTAP; Status of Women Canada
Target Group: Women

PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise 110 - 105 May St. North Thunder Bay, ON P7C 3N9 (807) 625-0328 Toll-Free: 1-800-584-0252 Email: info@paro.ca

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PARO's Circles and Loans

Circles and Loans help women to increase their capacity for economic self-reliance. Peer Circles are self-selected groups of 4 - 7 women whose members share and network amongst themselves for mutual business benefit. Circle members share their experiences, advise each other, support each other and help each other expand their contact networks.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise
Partnerships: FedNor; Ministry of Ontario; Government of Canada; City of Thunder Bay; Foundation Canadienne des Femmes; CEDTAP; Status of Women Canada
Target Group: Women

PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise 110 - 105 May St. North Thunder Bay, ON P7C 3N9 (807) 625-0328 Toll-Free: 1-800-584-0252 Email: info@paro.ca

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Passport Initiative

The Passport Initiative provides opportunities for individuals who have a developmental disability and who have left school to find more ways to participate in their communities.

Ministry: MCSS - Community and Social Services
Target Group: Persons with Disabilities

Debi Csabak Regional Program Manager Thunder Bay Local Office Ministry of Children and Youth Services 435 James Street South Thunder Bay ON P7E 6S7 (807) 475-1113 debi.csabak@ontario.ca

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Passport to Prosperity

Passport to Prosperity is an initiative operating out of the North Superior Workforce Planning Board that helps provide real-world work experience to high school students. The mission is to have Business and Education working together for the good of the community by assisting with the education of students.

Ministry: MEDU - Education
Partnerships: Participating places of employment throughout the District; Lakehead DSB, Superior-Greenstone DSB, Superior North CDSB, Thunder Bay CDSB; OYAP; North Superior Training Board
Target Group: Youth

Melissa Gray (807) 346-2947 p2p@nswpb.ca

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Post-Graduate Work Permit Program

The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience.

Ministry: CIC - Citizenship & Immigration (Canada)
Target Group: Immigrants

Visit website to download kit. (888) 242-2100

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Post-Secondary Co-op Program

Placement opportunities for students in a post-secondary co-operative education program with MNR

Ministry: MNR - Natural Resources
Target Group: Post-Secondary Students

Thunder Bay District MNR Office 435 South James St., Suite B001 Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6S8 807-475-1261

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Post-Secondary Student Support Program

The Post-Secondary Student Support Program provides financial assistance to First Nation and Inuit students who are pursuing post-secondary education.

Ministry: INAC - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Partnerships: Service Canada
Target Group: Aboriginals (Youth)

100 Anemki Dr, Ste 101 Thunder Bay, ON P7J 1A5 807-623-3534 JessenL@inac-ainc.gc.ca

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Proposed Employment Accessibility Standard

The goal of the proposed standard is to help employers create equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities by ensuring the workplace is fully accessible by peoples with disabilities.

Ministry: MCSS - Community and Social Services
Target Group: Persons with Disabilities

(888) 482-4317 publicreview@ontario.ca

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Resource and Training Room

A source of printed material pertaining to starting and operating a business. The site also provides Internet-ready computers and accounting software. The resources are available at no charge.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: Superior North CFDC
Partnerships: Industry Canada (FedNor)
Target Group: Anyone

7 Mill Rd. Terrace Bay, ON P0T2W0 807-825-4505 info@sncfdc.org

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Rural Economic Development (RED)

The Rural Economic Development (RED) program assists with the costs of projects that use the partnerships to create change. The partners might be individuals, businesses, organizations, or municipal governments. They share a common goal: to breathe new life into rural communities, make more opportunities to develop skills, and improve access to health care.

Ministry: OMAFRA - Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Target Group: Communities

1-877-424-1300 ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca

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School-College-Work Initiative (SCWI)

The School-College-Work Initiative is a co-operative effort with a mandate to assist in creating a seamless transition for students from secondary school to college. In addition to a wide array of learning and awareness opportunities for students, teachers, parents and the broader community, projects have been developed to provide dual credit programs for secondary students through the partnership of secondary schools and colleges.

Ministry: MEDU - Education
Partnerships: Lakehead DSB, Superior-Greenstone DSB, Superior North CDSB, Thunder Bay CDSB
Target Group: Youth

Students should contact their student services office or contact any of the following school boards in our region: Lakehead DSB, Superior-Greenstone DSB, Superior North CDSB, Thunder Bay CDSB Or contact Confederation College Alice Clark, Manager Centr

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Self-Employment Resource Centre

At the Self-Employment Resource Centre, individiuals have access to a selection of bilingual resource material and knowledgeable staff to assist. The Centre is fully equipped with computers, printers, business plan software and the Internet.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: GEDC - Greenstone Economic Development Corp.
Partnerships: Industry Canada (FedNor)
Target Group: Entrepreneurs/SMEs

Sylvie Goulet P.O. Box 1018 1409 Main Street Geraldton, ON P0T 1M0 (807) 854-2273 ext 27 info@gedc.ca

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Service Canada Centres for Youth (SCCY)

A Service Canada Centre for Youth (SCCY) is an office which targets young people, mostly secondary and post-secondary students. The primary mandate of an SCCY is to assist students in their search for summer employment by connecting them with local employers and helping them prepare their resumes.

Ministry: Service Canada
Target Group: Youth

975 Alloy Drive 1 800 277-9914

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Small Business Enterprise Centres

Provide support to start-up and small enterprises during their initial years of development and operation. Entrepreneurs are provided with easy access to business consulting services and information covering management, marketing, technology and financing.

Ministry: MSBCS - Small Business and Consumer Services
Partnerships: Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre
Target Group: Entrepreneurs/SMEs

Karen Honan The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre Community Economic Development Commission 34 Cumberland Street North, Suite 201 P.O. Box 800 Thunder Bay, ON P7C 5K4 (807) 625-3960 khonan@thunderbay.ca

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Small Business Internship Program

The Small Business Internship Program provides small and medium-sized businesses financial support to hire a post secondary student intern to assist them in their adoption of information and communications technologies to increase their productivity and competitiveness.

Ministry: Industry Canada
Target Group: Post-Secondary Students

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Special Needs Resource Services (SNR)

Ensures that all children, regardless of need, can participate in the child care setting of their families' choice. Currently there are two modes of service in the District, an on-site model and an off-site resource and referral model that provides services to programs that do not have a Resource Teacher.

Ministry: TBDSSAB - Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board
Target Group: Child Care

34 N. Cumberland Street 4th Flr., Thunder Bay (807) 766-2103

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Start-Up Financing Program

The Canadian Youth Business Foundation, delivered by the Thunder Bay CEDC, aims to provide assistance to aspiring young entrepreneurs through mentoring, educational resources and start-up financing. CYBF will consider loan applications from eligible applicants who have a viable business plan and who agree to work with a mentor for 2 years. This program is provided through the various EDCs throughout the Thunder Bay District.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF)
Partnerships: Royal Bank of Canada; CIBC; Business Development Bank of Canada
Target Group: Entrepreneurs/SMEs

Karen Honan The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre Community Economic Development Commission 34 Cumberland Street North, Suite 201 P.O. Box 800 Thunder Bay, ON P7C 5K4 (807) 625-3960

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Study Permits

The Study Permits program issues study permits to eligible foreign students and provides information on the application process.

Ministry: CIC - Citizenship & Immigration (Canada)
Target Group: Immigrants

Visit website to download kit. (888) 242-2100

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Summer Employment Program: Aboriginal Youth Work Exchange Program

This summer employment pilot program is for Aboriginal youth. Students are employed over three summers - two placements are with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) in resource management positions, while a third summer placement is with a First Nations community. Placements are located across Ontario and provide Aboriginal youth with training, job skills and experience to support potential future careers in natural resources.

Ministry: MNR - Natural Resources
Partnerships: Fort William First Nations (?); Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Aboriginals (Youth)

Thunder Bay District MNR Office 435 South James St., Suite B001 Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6S8 807-475-1261v

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Summer Employment Program: Ontario Rangers

The eight-week Ontario Rangers program allows 17-year olds the opportunity to work in wilderness camps, maintaining parks and helping with fish and wildlife projects.

Ministry: MNR - Natural Resources
Partnerships: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (Employment Ontario)
Target Group: Youth

Ontario Ranger Program Youth Programs Office Ministry of Natural Resources 300 Water Street, P.O. Box 7000 3rd Floor, South Tower Peterborough, ON K9J 8M5 705-755-2014

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Summer Employment Program: Stewardship Ranger Program

As an Ontario Stewardship Ranger you would report to a work location every day from home. The Ontario Stewardship Rangers work on a variety of projects over the summer including: * Creating wildlife habitat * Researching forests * Building fish spawning beds * Removing invasive species * Studying species at risk * Cleaning up streams * Maintaining hiking trails

Ministry: MNR - Natural Resources
Target Group: Youth

Thunder Bay District MNR Office 435 South James St., Suite B001 Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6S8 807-475-1261

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Summer Experience Program

The Summer Experience Program is offered through MCI to students under 21 (25 with a disability) who are seeking summer employment. It consists of 7 weeks of employment and up to 80% salary coverage (100% if Aboriginal) with a maximum of 35 hrs per week.

Ministry: MCI - Citizenship & Immigration
Target Group: Youth

435 James St. Suite 334 Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6S7 807-475-1683 marlene.wright@ontario.ca

Summer Jobs Program: Summer Company

Students between 15 and 29 years old can apply to Summer Company, a program designed to help enterprising young people start up and run their own summer business. If you are accepted into the program, you get: * Up to $1,500 to help with your business start-up costs * An additional $1,500 in the fall after you successfully complete the Summer Company program * At least 12 hours of business training to get you started * An opportunity to meet every two weeks with a business mentoring group

Ministry: MSBCS - Small Business and Consumer Services
Partnerships: Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre
Target Group: Youth

The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre Community Economic Development Commission 34 Cumberland Street North, Suite 201 P.O. Box 800 Thunder Bay, ON P7C 5K4 (807) 625-3960 khonan@thunderbay.ca

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Summer Jobs Program: Summer Experience Program

Each year the Summer Experience Program (SEP) offers nearly 4,000 summer jobs across Ontario with the Ontario Public Service, its agencies, and other community groups. These full-time positions last 7 weeks on average and occur between mid May and the end of August.

Ministry: OPS - Ontario Public Service
Partnerships: Ministries of: Health Care, Education, Justice, Environment, Economic Development, Social Services, Transportation, Natural Resources, Agriculture; Training, Colleges and Universities
Target Group: Youth

SEP@ontario.ca

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Targeted Initiative for Older Workers

This initiative will help unemployed older workers in communities experiencing ongoing high unemployment and/or with a high reliance on a single industry affected by downsizing. Projects will be designed to improve the employability of participants from 55 to 64 years of age, and may assist them through activities such as prior learning assessment, skills upgrading, and experience in new fields of work.

Ministry: HRSDC - Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Target Group: Older Workers

1-800-O-Canada

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The Business Accelerator

Helps established women entrepreneurs to enhance the growth of their business with access to "Experts" and mentors. The advanced workshops and business advice leads the way to achieving sustainable business development for the future. This program, also, offers opportunities to expand your business markets through the Accelerated Access program.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise
Partnerships: FedNor; Ministry of Ontario; Government of Canada; City of Thunder Bay; Foundation Canadienne des Femmes; CEDTAP; Status of Women Canada
Target Group: Women

PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise 110 - 105 May St. North Thunder Bay, ON P7C 3N9 (807) 625-0328 Toll-Free: 1-800-584-0252 Email: info@paro.ca

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The Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families (OCCS)

OCCS is a tax-free monthly payment to help with the costs of raising children under the age of seven. The program benefits low-to-middle income single or two-parent families, families with one stay-at-home parent, or families with one or both parents studying or in training. A family does not have to have a child in daycare to apply for the supplement.

Ministry: MOR - Revenue
Target Group: Child Care

1 866 821-7770

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The Student Success /Learning to 18 Strategy (General)

The Student Success/Learning to 18 Strategy is a broad, province‐wide strategy designed to ensure that every student is provided with the tools to successfully complete their secondary schooling and reach their post-secondary goals, whether these goals involve apprenticeships, college, university, or the workplace. Specialist High Skills Majors, Expansion of Cooperative Education, E-learning, Dual Credits, Think Literacy and Leading Math Success, Elementary to Secondary School Transition Program, Lighthouse Projects, Student Success Teams

Ministry: MEDU - Education
Partnerships: Lakehead DSB, Superior-Greenstone DSB, Superior North CDSB, Thunder Bay CDSB
Target Group: Youth

Contact any of the following school boards in our region: Lakehead DSB, Superior-Greenstone DSB, Superior North CDSB, Thunder Bay CDSB

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The Student Success Strategy: Dual Credit Program

Students participate in apprenticeship training and postsecondary courses, earning dual credits that count towards both their high school diploma and their postsecondary diploma, degree or apprenticeship certification. The Dual Credit Program may provide a more stimulating environment for some students, helping them to succeed.

Ministry: MEDU - Education
Partnerships: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; Confederation College; Lakehead DSB, Superior-Greenstone DSB, Superior North CDSB, Thunder Bay CDSB
Target Group: Youth

Contact any of the following school boards in our region: Lakehead DSB, Superior-Greenstone DSB, Superior North CDSB, Thunder Bay CDSB Or contact Confederation College Alice Clark, Manager Centre for Learning and Teaching 475-6657

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The Student Success Strategy: E-Learning

Students can now enrol in online courses that are not offered at a particular school or to reduce timetable conflicts. These high school courses were developed by Ontario teachers.

Ministry: MEDU - Education
Partnerships: Lakehead DSB, Superior-Greenstone DSB, Superior North CDSB, Thunder Bay CDSB
Target Group: Youth

416-314-1466 elo@ontario.ca Or contact any of the following school boards in our region: Lakehead DSB, Superior-Greenstone DSB, Superior North CDSB, Thunder Bay CDSB

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The Student Success Strategy: Expansion of Cooperative Education

A secondary program initiative that allows students to apply two co-op credits towards their compulsory high school graduation requirements, with no limit on earning optional co-op credits.

Ministry: MEDU - Education
Partnerships: Lakehead DSB, Superior-Greenstone DSB, Superior North CDSB, Thunder Bay CDSB
Target Group: Youth

Contact any of the following school boards in our region: Lakehead DSB, Superior-Greenstone DSB, Superior North CDSB, Thunder Bay CDSB Or call: 1-800-387-5514

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The Student Success Strategy: Lighthouse Projects

Lighthouse projects help students who need extra support and attention stay in school, accumulate needed credits, and take programs linked to colleges, and they encourage youth who have left school to return.

Ministry: MEDU - Education
Partnerships: Northern Ontario Education Leaders (NOEL) (Kenora CDSB, Keewatin-Patricia DSB, Lakehead DSB, Northwest CDSB, Northern School Resource Alliance, Rainy River DSB, Superior-Greenstone DSB, Superior North CDSB, Thunder Bay CDSB)
Target Group: Youth

Contact any of the following school boards in our region: Lakehead DSB, Superior-Greenstone DSB, Superior North CDSB, Thunder Bay CDSB

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The Student Success Strategy: Specialist High Skills Majors

A Specialist High Skills Major lets students focus on a potential career that matches their skills and interests. Each major is a bundle of classroom courses, workplace experiences and sector certifications. Students who complete a major receive a special designation on their high school diploma.

Ministry: MEDU - Education
Partnerships: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; Lakehead DSB; Superior-Greenstone DSB; Superior North CDSB; Thunder Bay CDSB
Target Group: Youth

Contact any of the following school boards in our region: Lakehead DSB, Superior-Greenstone DSB, Superior North CDSB, Thunder Bay CDSB

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The Student Success Strategy: Student Success Teams

Student Success Teams (principal, student success teacher, guidance counselor, special education teacher and other educators) provide extra attention in every high school to students who need it. Each Student Success Team works with school staff, students, parents, and the community to ensure more students earn the credits necessary to graduate.

Ministry: MEDU - Education
Partnerships: Lakehead DSB, Northwest CDSB, Superior-Greenstone DSB, Superior North CDSB, Thunder Bay CDSB
Target Group: Youth

Contact any of the following school boards in our region: Lakehead DSB, Superior-Greenstone DSB, Thunder Bay CDSB Or call: 1-800-387-5514

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The Terry Bellavance Resource Centre

The Terry Bellavance Resource Centre is a resource centre open to the community that offers employment services, job skills training, and accessibility services. The Centre provides one-on-one assistance with cover letter and resume writing, computer and Internet training, and job searching skills.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: Ontario March of Dimes
Partnerships: Industry Canada's Community Access Program
Target Group: Anyone

237 Camelot Street Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4B2 807-345-6595 edovick@marchofdimes.ca

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Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre

The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre exists to provide free and confidential business counselling services to both new and existing small businesses.The following tools and guides, along with other resources, can be found at the Entrepreneur Centre. * Starting a Business * Business Planning * Market Research

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: The Entrepreneur Centre
Partnerships: Ministry of Economic Development and Trade; City of Thunder Bay A Funding partnership between the Ministry and the CEDC to operate the Entrepreneur Centre within the office of the CEDC.
Target Group: Entrepreneurs/SMEs

Karen Honan The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre P.O. Box 800 Suite 201, 34 Cumberland Street North Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C 5K4 (807) 625-3960 develop@thunderbay.ca

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To Learn Online

An online learning website where students can take courses that are self-paced and online. The program works in cooperation with professional associations, post secondary institutions and top quality curriculum-providers to acquire course material. All course material is directed towards small and medium business owners, or those concerned with community economic development.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.:Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations (OACFDC)
Partnerships: Industry Canada (FedNor)
Target Group: Entrepreneurs/SMEs

info@oacfdc.com info@thunderbayventures.com Royden Potvin P.O. Box 10116, 1294 Balmoral Street Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 6T6, Canada Phone:(807)768-6650

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University College Entrance Preparation Program (UCEP)

The University College Entrance Preparation Program (UCEP) provides financial assistance for the equivalent of one year to eligible First Nation and Inuit students to enable them to attain the academic level required for admittance to post-secondary education programs.

Ministry: INAC - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Partnerships: Service Canada
Target Group: Aboriginals (Youth)

100 Anemki Dr, Ste 101 Thunder Bay, ON P7J 1A5 807-623-3534

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Urban Aboriginal Strategy - Employment & Training Action Circle

The UAS's Employment & Training Action Circle is comprised of a committee that meets bi-monthly to discuss employment and training issues related to urban Aboriginals in Thunder Bay. Concerns can be brought to the UAS through contacting them directly.

Ministry: INAC - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Target Group: Aboriginals

Frances Wesley, UAS Planner Thunder Bay Urban Aboriginal Strategy Tel: (807) 768-2310 x 58 Fax: (807) 768-2350 fwesley@shkoday.com

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Wage Earner Protection Program

The Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP) reimburses eligible workers for unpaid wages, vacation pay, severance pay and termination pay they are owed when their employer declares bankruptcy or becomes subject to a receivership.

Ministry: Service Canada
Target Group: Unemployed

WEPP Processing Centre P.O. Box 5900 Cornwall, ON K6H 6J6 1 866 683-6516

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Wasa-Nabin

Wasa-Nabin promotes healthy development in ways that respect cultural backgrounds and traditions. The program is designed to meet the unique needs of each community. It provides recreational and after-school programs, where youth can get peer support and help with homework as well as referrals to community resources and agencies.

Ministry: MCYS - Children and Youth Services
Partnerships: OFIFC: Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre
Target Group: Aboriginals (Youth)

401 Cumberland Street, Thunder Bay, P7A 4P7 (807) 345-5840

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Women in Skilled Trades

The Women in Skilled Trades program provides funding for pre-apprenticeship training designed exclusively for women. These programs include in-school theoretical training followed by a work placement at an employer’s work site. Training can take up to one year to complete. Following graduation, women are qualified to work in skilled trades and to enter apprenticeships.

Ministry: OWD - Ontario Women's Directorate
Target Group: Women

Ontario Women's Directorate 777 Bay Street, 6th Floor Toronto, Ontario M7A 2J4 1-866-510-5902

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Women's Community Loan Fund

Helps new women entrepreneurs access financing and credit, peer support, mentoring, and networking through various PARO peer lending circles.

Ministry: Govt-Funded Orgs.: PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise
Partnerships: FedNor; Ministry of Ontario; Government of Canada; City of Thunder Bay; Foundation Canadienne des Femmes; CEDTAP; Status of Women Canada
Target Group: Women

PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise 110 - 105 May St. North Thunder Bay, ON P7C 3N9 (807) 625-0328 Toll-Free: 1-800-584-0252 Email: info@paro.ca

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Work Sharing

Work-Sharing is an adjustment program designed to help employers and workers avoid temporary layoffs when there is a reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. The measure provides income support to workers eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who are willing to work a temporarily reduced work-week.

Ministry: Service Canada
Target Group: Unemployed

975 Alloy Drive Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5Z8 (807) 683-1760

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WORKink

WORKink is Canada's most powerful online career development and employment portal for Canadians with disabilities. The program provides job search tools, career guidance and resources pertaining to education and employment.

Ministry: HRSDC - Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Target Group: Persons With Disabilities

workink@ccrw.org

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Youth Employment Strategy: Summer Work Experience: Canada Summer Jobs

The Summer Work Experience program creates summer employment opportunities for secondary and post-secondary students, and supports the operation of Service Canada Centres for Youth where they may also find a job. Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative that provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for students between the ages of 15 and 30; and

Ministry: Service Canada
Target Group: Youth

975 Alloy Drive Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5Z8 (807) 683-1760

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Youth Employment Strategy: Career Focus

Career Focus provides funding for employers to help post-secondary graduates obtain career-related work opportunities in Canada to support their development of advanced skills, to help them make career-related links to the job market, and to assist them in becoming leaders in their field.

Ministry: Service Canada
Target Group: Employers

975 Alloy Drive Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5Z8 (807) 683-1760

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Youth Employment Strategy: Career Focus Program in Agriculture and Agri-Food

At Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Career Focus Program will contribute $1.1 million to research projects that employ recent graduates in agri-food science and veterinary medicine. Each project will be eligible to receive up to $12,000 in matching funds. The program will help create some 80 agri-science and veterinary internships for graduates across the country.

Ministry: Service Canada
Partnerships: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Target Group: Post-Secondary Students

National Officer Career Focus Program Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Telephone: 1-866-544-9801 430, Gouin Blvd. St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec J3B 3E6 objectifcarriere@agr.gc.ca

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Youth Employment Strategy: Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations & Inuit Youth (HIIFNIY)

This youth employment initiative provides work experience and on-the-job training for First Nations and Inuit youth to assist them in pursuing long-term employment in the housing industry. Housing Internships are available to First Nations and Inuit youth who have an eligible sponsor. The key requirement for this program is that the work experience and on-the-job training must be related to housing activities, such as but not limited to: housing administration, construction, renovation, maintenance and client counseling.

Ministry: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Partnerships: Service Canada
Target Group: Aboriginals (Youth)

Kathryn Campbell Manager Aboriginal Housing 100 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 500 Toronto, Ontario M2N 6Z1 Tel.: 416-218-3321 Fax: 416-250-3204 Email: kcampbel@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

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Youth Employment Strategy: Skills Link

The Skills Link program helps youth facing barriers to employment - such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas and high school dropouts - obtain the knowledge and develop the broad range of skills and work experience they need to participate in the job market.

Ministry: Service Canada
Partnerships: INAC; Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
Target Group: Youth

975 Alloy Drive Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5Z8 (807) 683-1760

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Youth Employment Strategy: Summer Work Experience: Service Canada Centres for Youth (SCCY)

The Summer Work Experience program creates summer employment opportunities for secondary and post-secondary students, and supports the operation of Service Canada Centres for Youth where they may also find a job. Service Canada Centres for Youth help youth and employers with their summer employment needs and are located across Canada and open to the public from May to August.

Ministry: Service Canada
Target Group: Youth

1-800-935-5555 975 Alloy Drive Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5Z8

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Youth Employment Strategy: Youth Awareness

Youth Awareness is an initiative funded under Employment Insurance (EI) Part II that complements the Youth Employment Strategy. Youth Awareness provides financial assistance for projects designed to address labour market issues facing communities and can be used to develop and implement human resource strategies to meet employers’ current and future human resource needs.

Ministry: Service Canada
Target Group: Businesses

975 Alloy Drive Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5Z8 (807) 683-1760

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Youth Information Products and Services

Youth Information Products and Services help young Canadians make informed decisions about their education, employment and career development.

Ministry: Service Canada
Target Group: Youth

1 800 622-6232 1 800 935-5555

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Youth Internship and Co-op Program (NOHFC)

Through this program, the NOHFC provides wage subsidies to help northern employers invest in the young workforce.

Ministry: MNDMF - Northern Development, Mines and Forestry
Partnerships: Youth Connect North; Confederation College
Target Group: Employers

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation Ontario Government Bldg (800) 461-8329 nohfc.ndm@ontario.ca www.nohfc.com

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Youth Opportunities Strategy: School-based Prevention/ Diversion Program

Helps high school students 16 - 18 years of age succeed in school and stay out of trouble.

Ministry: MCYS - Children and Youth Services
Partnerships: Ontario Government's Poverty Reduction Strategy
Target Group: Youth

Margie Bettiol Program Supervisor Thunder Bay Local Office Ministry of Children and Youth Services 435 James Street South Thunder Bay ON P7E 6S7 (807) 475-1437

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Youth Opportunities Strategy: Summer Jobs for Youth

A program designed to help young people aged 15 to 18 who live in high-needs neighbourhoods gain workplace skills through summer employment. Students receive job training, paid employment placements from July to August, and support after the job finishes.

Ministry: MCYS - Children and Youth Services
Partnerships: Ministry of Community and Social Services; YES Employment Services
Target Group: Youth

1116 Waterford Street Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5R6 (807) 624-1958

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Youth Opportunities Strategy: Youth in Policing Initiative

Provides opportunities for youth to work with police departments in different areas across Ontario so they can develop skills that could lead to a possible career in policing.

Ministry: MCYS - Children and Youth Services
Partnerships: Ontario Government's Poverty Reduction Strategy
Target Group: Youth

Ginette Henwood Thunder Bay Local Office Ministry of Children and Youth Services 435 James Street South Thunder Bay ON P7E 6S7 (807) 475-1307 ginette.henwood@ontario.ca

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Youth Opportunities Strategy: Youth Outreach Worker Program

Outreach workers work with hard-to-reach youth to help them get the programs and services they need.

Ministry: MCYS - Children and Youth Services
Partnerships: Ontario Government's Poverty Reduction Strategy; Dilico Ojibway Child and Family Services; Superior Points of Thunder Bay District Health Unit; Superior Points of Thunder Bay District Health Unit
Target Group: Youth

Margie Bettiol Program Supervisor Thunder Bay Local Office Ministry of Children and Youth Services 435 James Street South Thunder Bay ON P7E 6S7 (807) 475-1437

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YouthConnect.ca

YouthConnect.ca provides a forum for young people to access information, services and resources that will help them make good choices, achieve success and contribute positively to their communities. The design and content of the new website was developed based on input and feedback from youth and stakeholders.

Ministry: MCYS - Children and Youth Services
Partnerships: YES! Employment Services
Target Group: Youth

1116 Waterford Street, Thunder Bay, ON (807) 623-0768

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