Employment Assistance

Employment Activities

Participation Agreements

Once the participant has been introduced to all the available employment/training activities and supports (see below) the case manager and participant develop an agreed upon employment/training plan or participation agreement. Individual employment plans are based on a participant’s background, interests and the local labour market. For some individuals, the plan might focus on education and job specific skills training. Others might be best served by getting involved in a community placement activity in order to build self-confidence, gain new skills, valuable experience and contacts for future employment. For some, the best plan may be to improve job search strategies and techniques. As each step in the plan is completed, a new step is identified and the participation agreement is updated accordingly.

Employment Supports

Employment supports provides services and activities that assist you in finding employment. You can get help with:

  • Resumes and interview skills
  • Independent job searches
  • Training or skills development
  • Academic upgrading
  • Accessing services provided in the local Huron Employment Resource Centres

Basic Education

Are you a few credits short of your grade 12? Would you like help reading and studying for your DZ license? Ontario Works employment staff can connect you to educational resources that will help you move toward sustainable employment.

Employment Placement

When you are job-ready, Ontario Works staff will refer you to the Conestoga Career Centre or Partners in Employment. These agencies can help with job referrals in your community. Finding and maintaining a job is a great achievement.

Interested in pursuing your dream of being self-employed? Ontario Works can help you start your own business, if you have an approved, well developed business plan.

Community Placement

Community Placement allows you to volunteer with non-profit and public organizations throughout the County of Huron. By volunteering, you are able to develop job-related skills, gain work experience and make contacts with persons, or organizations in your field of interest. Community Placement is a winning match for everyone. Be sure to tell your Team if you are already volunteering.

Huron County Social Services funds and coordinates a Community Garden located in Clinton, Ontario adjacent to the Jacob Memorial Building. The garden was started in 2003 as an opportunity for Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program recipients and their families to get hands-on experience in a supportive work environment while saving on their food expenses. The program has now evolved into a comprehensive work placement program, which allows participants to acquire new skills, expand their existing skills and gain experience to help lead them to self-reliance and more sustainable employment income opportunities. The program includes workshops in gardening, food preparation, canning and preserving, composting, workplace communications and skills development certificate courses.

The Community Garden program runs from April-October. Recipients can register at any time during the program but are encouraged to begin as soon as they can, to get the maximum benefit from the program.

Anyone currently receiving assistance is eligible for the program. Those wanting to inquire about the program can call direct to Huron County Social Services 519.482.8505 or 1.888.371.5718. If you are already assigned to a team, ask for Team 501 or Team 502 and they can assist you with your inquiry.

Learning, Earning and Parenting (L.E.A.P.)

Learning, Earning and Parenting is a program for young parents, ages 16 to 24. Through this program, you can work to complete your high school education, prepare for employment and improve your parenting skills. Additional supports are available to help you attend the program. Upon successful completion of LEAP, you become eligible to receive an educational bursary.