Recruitment Resources

by Dr. Justine Taylor

Please see the following resources that might be of use in your local recruitment efforts:

Federal Programs and Tools

  • Federal Government: Wage subsidies and other assistance programs
  • AgCareers: Is offering FREE JOB POSTINGS for any TEMPORARY or SEASONAL job opportunities.
    • They would love to assist you by getting their Seasonal and Temporary positions in front of their Targeted Job Seeking Audience! If you’re interested in taking advantage of this offer, create an Employer Account and then send Chris McLoughlin your job description(s) by email. They will take care of the rest FREE of charge.
    • They have also created a list of some of the resources that are available to assist both Employers and Employees in the Agriculture Industry.
    • Chris McLoughlin, Custom Talent Solutions Specialist – Canada, chris.mcloughlin@agcareers.com, Phone: 1-877-438-5729 ext. 243
  • Step up to the Plate – Help feed Canadians
    • List of resources for jobseekers looking for jobs in Agriculture as well as available training programs.
  • Removing barriers for international students working in essential services to fight COVID-19 – April 22, 2020
    • The government will remove the restriction that international students work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods.
    • This temporary rule change will be in place until August 31, 2020.
  • Student Work Placement Program
    • The Student Work Placement Program gives post-secondary students across Canada paid work experience related to their field of study.
    • ESDC works with Employer Delivery Partners. Employer Delivery Partners are a group of recognized associations and organizations that represent the interests of employers in industries. They work with businesses and post-secondary education institutions to:
      • provide wage subsidies to employers that offer quality student work placements; and
      • create partnerships with colleges, universities, polytechnics and CEGEPs to recruit students for these placements.
  • Youth Employment and Skills Program 
    • $9.2 million to enhance to fund up to 700 new positions for youth in the agriculture industry.
    • Eligible employees:
      • 30 years or younger when you started the internship
      • unemployed or underemployed, a student, or a previous intern of any Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) program
      • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident Ages 15 to 30
    • Each internship must be a meaningful length, and must be completed by March 31, 2021. For applicants who have recently hired youth, they may claim costs starting April 1, 2020 or later.
    • 50% of the cost of hiring a Canadian youth up to $14,000. Indigenous applicants and those applicants hiring a youth facing barriers are eligible for funding of up to 80% of their costs.
    • Additionally, the program offers 100% of costs for relocation to a maximum of $5,000 if the employee must relocate for the position.
    • Applications accepted immediately
    • Eligible expenses can be incurred from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021
    • This program will impact CEWS eligibility

Ontario Programs and Tools


Regional Programs and Tools

  • Windsor-Essex: AyeWork – Just in time job matching service. Free.
    • We know that the labor force will be altered for many industries during this time and we have more than a thousand Essex county job seekers ready to fill positions at your company!  I would be more than happy to upload and manage any job postings you have and send you only the most qualified candidates or we could set up a time to show you how to use the app yourself.  Our app will enable you to find the right employees when you need them.  During this health crisis it is important to maintain social distancing, AyeWork will help you reduce in person interactions in the hiring process because our app only matches you with best suited employees reducing interviews and training. Check out this CBC article to learn more about AyeWork and what we are all about.  Luc Goyeau, lgoyeau@ayework.ca, Work – 519-999-9675, Cell – 519-996-3498
  • City of Windsor’s Employment and Training Services (ETS) – See the Employment Ontario link above to search for services in your region.
  • Workforce Windsor-Essex: WEJobs Board, Greenhouse Worker Registry
  • Employment Assessment Center

Please note, when bringing in a contract workforce it is critical that you be protective of your existing workforce. Please consider what protocols can be put in place to achieve this.

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