Ontario's Government is working to help job seekers find and keep good jobs and help employers recruit the skilled workers they need.
Ontario's employment and training programs are critical to building the skilled workforce that keeps Ontario open for business. However, the current system is fractured, unnecessarily complex, and not sufficiently focused on getting the results job seekers, employers and Ontario's economy need to grow and succeed.
In 2016, the Auditor General reported that Ontario's employment and training programs were not effectively helping people find and keep full-time jobs, and that the government lacked labour market information that would help meet the current and future labour needs of Ontario. A 2018 update showed that limited progress had been made on the Auditor General's recommendations to improve programs.
Ontario's plan for transforming employment services includes:
- Launching a refreshed labour market information website featuring 500 job profiles to help learners and job seekers explore their first or next career, and identify opportunities for relevant education, training and re-skilling. The website will include improved navigation to the Job Bank so job seekers can find employment opportunities, and businesses can find the right workers with the right skills.
- Creating a new service delivery model that will integrate social assistance employment services into Employment Ontario to help the province's most vulnerable, including people with disabilities, to break free from the poverty cycle.
- Introducing a new model to manage the employment service system more effectively to meet the needs of job seekers, businesses and communities. The selection of service system managers will be determined through a new, competitive process and open to any public, not-for-profit and private sector organization, as well as consolidated municipal service managers and district social services board service managers.
- Ensuring employment services are working more effectively with other government services, including social assistance, so when people find themselves facing barriers to employment, or in a precarious employment situation, they can get the help they need.
- Implementing changes to Ontario's employment services gradually, starting with three prototypes in fall 2019.