Employers are a key component of the Local Employment Planning Council. There are over 10,500 businesses in the Thunder Bay district. According to Canadian Business Counts statistics, 2015, in which employers are identified by size, 58 % have zero employees, followed by 20% with 1 to 4 employees and 9% with 5 to 9 employees which means approximately 87% of the businesses in the District of Thunder Bay are small to medium sized employers.
The 2016 EmployerOne survey results indicated that only 26% of the survey respondents use free government employment services. Employers may not be aware of the services or have had the time to explore the options available to them.
A central objective of the LEPC/CLPE pilot project is to provide easier and fuller access to Employment Ontario and Non-Employment Ontario employment and training services for local employers. At the bottom of this page, there is a listing of Service Providers in the Thunder Bay District who can assist employers with accessing subsidies and other supports.
Through labour market research and community consultation several initiatives are taking place. For an overview of current and past initiatives of the LEPC, please visit our Projects page. You can visit our Service Coordination for Employers page to see what specifically we are doing for employers.
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) Modernization of Ontario's Apprenticeship System was undertaken in 2018. Trades have also been identified as a priority by the current government. See below for links to relevant information pertaining to apprenticeships:
- Six-step Guide to Hiring an Apprentice
- Bill 47, 2018
- Bill 100, Schedule 40
- Trades in Ontario
- Employment Ontario Apprenticeship Offices
Subsidies & Supports
Below is a list of just some of the subsidies and supports available to employers:
- Employing Young Talent Incentive
- Graduated Apprenticeship Grant for Employers
- Canada-Ontario Job Grant
- Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program
- Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit
- Co-operative Education Tax Credit
- Northern Ontario Internship Program
- Canada Summer Jobs
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Visit the Employment Ontario website to find information regarding services available for employers through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The site offers several options for accessing information including a live chat.
Below is a list of just some of the Service Providers in the Thunder Bay District who can assist employers with accessing the programs and services that are available to them:
- Anishinabek Employment and Training Services
- Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment & Training Services
- Fort William First Nation Education & Employment Training
- March of Dimes
- Métis Nation of Ontario
- MTW Employment Services
- Northwest Employment Works
- Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre
- Thunderbird Friendship Centre
- Yes Employment Services
- Learning Networks of Ontario
|EO And Non-EO Employment And Training Service Providers|
Appendix B from the 2018-2019 Community Labour Market Report
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Check out the grants, tax benefits, and loans available to apprentices with the NSWPB's handy guide.