Beginning January 1, 2018, the Ontario Government will provide $124 million over three years, in support for youth ages 15 to 29, and work with Employment Service and Youth Job Connection to support employer hiring and retention. Through Ontario’s Employment Service program, a small employer with fewer than 100 employees would receive:

  • $1,000 incentive for hiring a young worker and $1,000 for retaining that worker for six months.
  • Additionally, if workers are hired through Youth Job Connection, a separate program that recruits youth facing employment barriers, employers would receive retention payments of $1,000 after three months, with a further $1,000 payable after six months for each worker.

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development has indicated that employers should contact Employment Ontario for support with these programs. The Ministry has advised ORHMA that members can now apply for the program. Further information is available on GAGE and the Employer Inventive.