Ontario’s Job Investment: What it Means for You

If you are struggling to find the right talent for your organization, you’ll be glad to know that the Ontario government is in your corner. After recent economic struggles, they have committed to creating 300,000 new jobs by the end of 2019. While that may sound like just more competition for employers looking for talent, in reality, they are laying the groundwork to provide more highly qualified candidates for all Ontario businesses.

Higher education within reach

Ontario workers are already among the best educated, but with the government’s commitment to the Ontario Student Grant (OSG), you can expect to see candidates who are even more highly qualified. The OSG is a government-backed grant for post-secondary education which will start in the 2017–18 school year. It promises free tuition for students from families making less than $50,000 per year.

How will this impact your business?

Better educated candidates are better qualified, more productive and able to quickly adapt to changes in technology. No matter how complex or specific your talent needs, you will now have more candidates to choose from.

Getting business friendly

In order to boost the business community, Ontario is making efforts to build infrastructure and lower the costs of doing business in the province. Government investments include its Business Growth Initiative, a five-year, $400 million program intended to pave the way for business growth and innovation.

What benefit will you see?

Ontario’s attempts to lower the costs of doing business should free resources that you can devote to hiring additional employees. With Ontario providing the tools and talent you need to grow, your business can thrive.

Going green and going global

Another focus of Ontario’s latest budget is their Green Investment Fund, which commits $325 million to creating jobs in the green energy sector. Further, they will invest $30 million as part of their Going Global Export Strategy intended to increase exports and make businesses more competitive in the global marketplace.

What does this mean for you?

Lower fuel prices and expansion of global markets gives you the opportunity to grow your business internationally or support businesses that do.

The recruitment experts at Employment Professionals Canada can help you develop recruiting strategies that leverage Ontario’s job and business investments to grow your business and obtain highly qualified talent. Contact us today to learn more about our staffing services in Ontario and the Niagara Region.