Employment Services (EMPOWER)

Employment Portal for Windsor Essex Region (EMPOWER) provides personalized advice and services to help participants assess their skills and experience, find work or start on the path to skills training.

Employment Ontario Program Highlights:

  • Second Career and skills training
  • Interview coaching and preparation
  • Employment resources and information
  • Specialized workshops and effective job search techniques

Employment Services Counsellors can assist you with:

  • Employment assistance and career planning services and support to succeed in today’s job market
  • Effective job search strategies including resume and cover letter preparation
  • Mock interviews
  • Second Career application
  • Apprenticeship program
  • Community services referrals and support

Services offered to Employers:

  • Networking activities/information sessions
  • Placement supports available for human resource planning, recruitment and workplace training
  • Apprenticeship program
  • Mock interviews with potential candidates, screening and referrals
  • Access to local labour force
  • Ontario Job Grant – If you’re an employer with a particular skills demand, the Canada-Ontario Job Grant might be right for you. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. If you are interested in more information or would like to submit an application please click here. A counsellor is available to answer any questions you may have regarding the application process and eligibility: 519-258-4076

The Youth Job Connection (YJC) / Youth Job Connection Summer (YJCS)

The YJC/YJCS program is an initiative of the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Employment and Training Division and delivered by Employment Ontario, to assist youth (15 – 29 years of age) who experience multiple or complex barriers to employment.

Barriers could include: low level of education, lack of work experience, indigenous person, person with a disability or mental health challenge, low essential skills, poverty, criminalization, addictions, homelessness, recent newcomer to Canada, victim of discrimination and others.

Youth attend paid pre-employment training workshops and receive assistance to find employment and training opportunities. The pre-employment training includes: career development/career exploration, employment related skills, job readiness skills, job attainment skills, job maintenance and career advancement skills as well as personal management (life) skills.

Distinctions between the workshops are as follows:

YJC – Youth Job Connection
60 – 90 hours of workshop (stipend paid at minimum wage)


  • 15 – 19 years of age
  • Not working
  • Not attending school full-time (participants under 18 years of age must be legally excused from attending school)
  • Seeking employment or training opportunities

YJCS – Youth Job Connection Summer
20 hours of workshop (stipend paid at minimum wage)


  • 15 – 18 years of age
  • Not working
  • Attending school
  • Seeking summer or part-time employment opportunities

In addition, participants who have financial need may obtain support to purchase work or interview clothes, for transportation and skills training, etc. Employers who provide employment opportunities for a YJC/YJCS participant may be eligible to receive wage incentives as compensation for training costs.