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The goal of the Northwest Connector Program is to help pre-qualified, un- or under-employed individuals build professional networks to increase knowledge and access to meaningful local employment opportunities. 

How does the connector program work? 

Based on the award-winning National Connector Program, Northwest Connector Program is an intentional networking program bringing together our local business and community leaders with skilled employment seekers to help enhance professional networks and keep talent in the region. 

The Connector Program’s innovation and effectiveness lies within three simple steps: 

1. Match

Program staff coach employment-ready participants, the Connectees, and match them with a Connector in their field. Connectees can be referred by local employment organizations and post-secondary career centers 

2. Connect

Connector and Connectee meet face-to-face or virtually.  

3. Refer

After the meeting, the Connector links the participant to at least three other people in their business network. Those three people also refer three more people to the Connectee. Through direct referrals from Connectors, Connectees learn about the local job market and rapidly grow their business network which increases their likelihood of finding a job and staying in the community.  

It’s simple, but it works!  

Since launching in 2013 the nationwide Connector Program has seen tremendous success with connecting high qualified talent to opportunity.  

  • 38 communities 
  • 2800+ connectors 
  • 2900+ connectees 
  • 950+ job

Whether you are an established professional willing to help other find connections, or someone looking to become connected – this program is for you. 


This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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