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.

Apprenticeship Information

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (formerly 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:

Subsidies & Supports

Below is a list of just some of the subsidies and supports available to employers:

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Visit the Employment Ontario website to find information regarding services available for employers through the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. The site offers several options for accessing information including a live chat.

Service Providers

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:

Employer Resources

Inclusive Hiring 2019-08-27
EO And Non-EO Employment And Training Service Providers
Appendix B from the 2018-2019 Community Labour Market Report
Community-matchmaker-handout Northwest-v 2019-02-12
Guide To Developing Indigenous Inclusion Policies 2018-11-27
Baakaakonaanan Ishkwaandemonan (Opening Doors For You) - Building Solutions Through Community Voices 2018-11-07
BI-About The Program 2019-09-03
Dollars & Sense Guide
Check out the grants, tax benefits, and loans available to apprentices with the NSWPB's handy guide.

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

Commitment to Accessibility

Information on this website is available in alternative formats upon request. Please contact us at admin@nswpb.ca so we can work together in meeting your requests.