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2nd Chance Employment Counselling

Employment Ontario

→GUELPH, RURAL WELLINGTON

www.2ndchance.ca

What:

  • Employment Resource Centre
  • Job Boards
  • Access to computers, internet, photocopying
  • Access to training programs
  • 1 to 1 Assistance
  • Training incentives for businesses
  • Youth Job Connection

Who:

Job Seekers

When:

Fergus

Monday ‒ Friday at 9:00am‒4:30pm

Guelph

Norfolk Location
Monday ‒ Friday at 8:30am‒4:00pm

Youth Resource Centre, Stone Road Mall

Monday ‒ Closed
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday at 9:00am‒4:00pm
Wednesday at 12:00pm‒7:00pm

Where:

Fergus

160 St. David Street South, Unit 104

Guelph—Norfolk location

177 Norfolk Street

Guelph—Youth Resource Centre

Stone Road Mall, 435 Stone Rd W. 2nd Floor

Ask For:

Guelph and Fergus locations
(519) 823-2440


2nd Chance Employment Counselling

ways2work

→GUELPH

www.2ndchance.ca

What:

Group-based employability skills and work placement program

Who:

Youth up to the age of 30

When:

Monday ‒ Friday at 8:30am‒4:30pm

Where:

Guelph and Wellington County

Ask For:

(519) 823-2440


Agilec

Employment Services

→KITCHENER, RURAL WELLINGTON, FERGUS, MOUNT FOREST

www.agilec.ca

What:

  • Our welcoming Resource and Information Centre offers friendly helpful staff support along with access to computers, fax, photocopier as well as resources and information about community and government programs
  • Employment Coaches will guide you through your job search journey by helping you decide what you want to do and how to go about doing it. For example: on the job training, Second Career, connecting with employers, interview skills and more!
  • When working one on one with you, our coaches will help identify your skills and experience to build your confidence to achieve new goals
  • Engaging workshops to develop job searching skills such as resume writing, interview preparation, networking and social media tools
  • Our supportive Job Development team offers a tailored approach to finding a job that is the right fit for you. This may include access to training, apprenticeships and assistance for on the job experience
Need Help Hiring?

Agilec can successfully address your recruitment and staff training needs. Here are just some of the ways:

  • Support in identifying human resource needs and filling vacancies
  • Information and resources about hiring a new employee
  • Access to job posting services
  • No Cost Advertising/Marketing for Job Postings
  • Office space and coordination of job fairs and interviewing
  • No Cost Pre-screening of Candidates
  • Funding for On the Job Training
  • Creation of Customized Training Plans
  • On the Job Coaching
  • Work Trials
  • Apprenticeships and funding opportunities available

Who:

All are welcome

When:

All Locations:

Monday ‒ Friday at 8:30am‒4:30pm

Where:

Fergus

370 Andrew Street West, Unit 2

Kitchener

385 Fairway Road South, Unit 205

Mount Forest

392 Main Street North, Unit 7

Ask For:

Agilec Customer Care Centre
Toll Free 1 (800) 361-4642

Fergus

(519) 787-9333
fergus@agilec.ca

Kitchener

(519) 576-2681
kitchener@agilec.ca

Mount Forest

(519) 323-4540
mtforest@agilec.ca


Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)

Partners Program

→KITCHENER

www.ccrw.org

What:

  • CCRW helps skilled job seekers with disabilities get connected with local businesses
  • Industry specific training directly linked to employment opportunities and labour market needs
  • Support in disclosure and workplace accommodation planning
  • Employer matching
  • Access to wage subsidy funds for employers to help offset cost associated with training
  • Access to hidden job market
  • Ongoing support of CCRW staff during probationary period to support job maintenance and retention
  • Job Seekers can remain active with provincially funded agencies to ensure full access to suitable supports and service

Who:

Adults 18+ with self-disclosed disabilities

When:

Monday ‒ Friday at 8:30am‒4:30pm

Where:

Kitchener—127 Victoria Street South, Suite 201

Ask For:

Jennie Di Girolamo—Employment Facilitator
(519) 571-6788 ext. 7661

Melissa Silva—Job Developer
(519) 571-6788 ext. 7481


Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington

→CAMBRIDGE, GUELPH, KITCHENER, RURAL WATERLOO, RURAL WELLINGTON, WATERLOO

www.cmhaww.ca

What:

Specializing in assisting people with disabilities to:

  • Explore employment options
  • Develop an employment action plan
  • Identify skills, interests and barriers to employment
  • Obtain paid, competitive employment
  • Access employment resources
  • Search for, find, and keep a job

Who:

16+ years with recent connection to the workforce (past 3 ‒ 5 years)

When:

Monday ‒ Friday at 9:00am‒5:00pm

Where:

Cambridge—9 Wellington Street by appointment

Guelph—80 Waterloo Avenue by appointment

Kitchener—67 King Street East by appointment

Waterloo—1 Blue Springs Drive, Suite 100 by appointment

Ask For:

Intake Referral Coordinator
Local—(519) 749-3700 ext. 4087
Toll free—1 (866) 387-6660
TTY—1 (866) 387-6661


Conestoga College with Career Centre

Employment Ontario funded programs including: Employment Services, Youth Job Connection, Youth Job Connection Summer & Canada Ontario Job Grant

→ELMIRA, KITCHENER, NEW HAMBURG, WATERLOO, WELLESLEY

www.conestogac.on.ca/career-centre

What:

Services are available to anyone seeking employment, career planning support, and training opportunities. Experienced staff are able to open doors to help find the right fit for employment and training. Let’s get to work! Appointments are available virtually and in person at the Centres. Please inquire about the availability of in-person appointments.

The staff are very supportive of your goals and help you find the best possible way to achieve those goals, short-term and long-term. I would highly recommend the Conestoga Career Centre to anyone who is in need of Career help.

– A successful job seeker, Jess

Employment Ontario funded programs including: Employment Services, Youth Job Connection, Youth Job Connection Summer & Canada Ontario Job Grant

  • Connections to Employers with monthly employer showcases
  • Individualized Job Search and Resume Assistance
  • Resource Centre and Virtual Job Board (MyCareer)
  • Workplace Certifications relevant to today’s labour market
  • Second Career Funding Information & Application Support
  • Financial Incentives may be available for eligible employers and Job Seekers
  • Career Planning & Advisement
  • Access Conestoga’s exclusive online job posting service
  • Internationally Trained Immigrant Advisement
  • Youth Employment Programs
  • Post-Secondary Education Program Information/Registration
  • Apprenticeship financial incentives

Who:

Youth Programs are available to youth 15–29 years (note: parental signature required for youth under the age of 18)

Services are available to everyone including individual job seekers and employers – at no cost Canada Ontario Job Grant is an employer driven training program for employers seeking financial support for training new hires or existing employees.

For information on this grant or other Conestoga Employer Services please contact employerscareercentre@conestogac.on.ca

When:

Doon

Monday ‒ Wednesday & Friday at 8:30am‒4:30pm
Thursday at 8:30am‒6:00pm

Waterloo

Monday ‒ Friday at 8:30am‒4:30pm

Where:

Kitchener/Doon Campus

Conestoga Career Centre, Welcome Centre
299 Doon Valley Drive – FREE Parking
* Services in New Hamburg, Elmira and Wellesley, call for details

Waterloo

332 Marsland Drive, 2nd floor
Free Parking available on site

Ask For:

Kitchener/Doon Career Centre

(519) 748-3535 or 1 (877) 748-3535

Waterloo Career Centre

(519) 885-0300 ext. 5226
waterloocareercentre@conestogac.on.ca

Contact Career Centre Staff
(519) 885-0300 ext. 5226 Or to receive more information complete an online inquiry form at www.conestogac.on.ca/career-centre


KW Habilitation

Community and Employment Supports

→KITCHENER

www.kwhab.ca

What:

Job readiness education and training for adults who are interested in working toward competitive employment (minimum wage or better) and/or traditional volunteer jobs.

  • Workplace literacy
  • Workplace numeracy
  • Soft skills development (social and interpersonal)
  • Experiential learning opportunities in authentic work and community settings
  • Education may include bus training and on-site job coaching

Who:

Adults (18+ years)

When:

Monday ‒ Friday at 8:00am‒5:00pm

Where:

Kitchener—99 Ottawa Street South

Ask For:

Jenn Delhorbe—Supervisor
Community and Employment Supports
(519) 744-6307 ext. 1214

Stacey Mitchell—Manager, Community and Employment Supports
(519) 744-6307 ext. 1252


Lutherwood

Achieving Competitive Employment (ACE)

→CAMBRIDGE, GUELPH, KITCHENER, RURAL WATERLOO, RURAL WELLINGTON, WATERLOO

www.lutherwood.ca/employment/programs/ace

What:

  • Job placement and coaching support for persons with disabilities wishing to secure employment
  • Small business supports for persons with disabilities wishing to start a small business
  • Networking opportunities to connect with other entrepreneurs
  • Job search assistance, career exploration workshops and 1 to 1 support

Who:

Individuals with a verified disability (16+ years), legally able to work in Canada, not in receipt of OW benefits or disability related benefits from sources other than ODSP, residents of Waterloo Region and Wellington County

When:

Monday ‒ Friday at 8:30am‒4:30pm

Where:

Cambridge—35 Dickson Street

Guelph—89 Wyndham Street North

Kitchener—165 King Street East

Ask For:

Speak to our resource centre staff to determine the employment services program that would best meet your needs.

Cambridge—(519) 623-9380

Guelph—(519) 822-4141

Kitchener—(519) 743-2460


Lutherwood

Employment Services

→CAMBRIDGE, GUELPH, KITCHENER, RURAL WATERLOO, RURAL WELLINGTON, WATERLOO

www.lutherwood.ca/employment

What:

  • Job search assistance, career exploration workshops and 1 to 1 support
  • Labour market information
  • Coaching, networking and mentorship opportunities
  • Connections to employers
  • Second Career funding information and applications
  • Apprenticeship information and support
  • Job boards and job search resources
  • Free access to fax, photocopier, computers and phones
  • Youth Job Connection ‒ paid employment related workshops and activities designed to help participants get ready to work
  • Youth Job Connection Summer ‒ part-time summer jobs and after school job opportunities for returning high school students

Who:

Services are available to anyone 15+ years requiring assistance with employment and/or training

When:

Monday ‒ Friday at 8:30am‒4:30pm

Where:

Cambridge—35 Dickson Street

Guelph—89 Wyndham Street North

Kitchener—165 King Street East

Ask For:

Speak to our resource centre staff to determine the employment services program that would best meet your needs.

Cambridge—(519) 623-9380

Guelph—(519) 822-4141

Kitchener—(519) 743-2460


Lutherwood

Getting Ahead in the Workplace

→CAMBRIDGE, GUELPH, KITCHENER, RURAL WATERLOO, RURAL WELLINGTON, WATERLOO

www.lutherwood.ca/employment

What:

  • 1 to 1 and group-based learning for youth who want to work but don’t know where to start
  • Ideal for those who need to stabilize housing situation, want to build successful mental wellness strategies and/or need to overcome barriers to employment
  • Identify your strengths, resources and develop and follow a new future story plan
  • Learn about the “hidden rules” and communication skills needed to get ahead in the workplace
  • Placements and interviews with local youth friendly organizations

Who:

15-30 years of age (inclusive)

When:

Monday ‒ Friday at 8:30am‒4:30pm
Tuesday at 8:30am‒7:00pm

Where:

Kitchener—165 King Street East

Ask For:

Speak to our resource centre staff to determine the employment services program that would best meet your needs.

Cambridge—(519) 623-9380
Guelph—(519) 822-4141
Kitchener—(519) 743-2460


Lutherwood

Newcomer Career Support

→GUELPH

www.lutherwood.ca/employment

What:

  • Job Search Workshops for Newcomers and Mentorship
  • Information for immigrants about their occupational field in Canada
  • Targeted resumes and cover letters, self-marketing and other job search tips
  • Learn the benefits of networking
  • Some individuals will participate in 5-day group sessions
  • Mentorship opportunities for internationally trained professionals with local volunteer mentors in their field
  • In person and online workshops available

Who:

Newcomers (Permanent Residents, Convection Refugees, Protected Persons, Live In Caregivers) and live in Guelph Wellington County

When:

Monday ‒ Friday at 8:30am‒4:30pm
Tuesday at 8:30am‒7:00pm

Where:

Guelph—89 Wyndham Street North, 3rd Floor

Ask For:

Speak to our resource centre staff to determine the employment services program that would best meet your needs.

Guelph—(519) 822-4141


Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board (NPAAMB)

Employment Programs

→KITCHENER, WATERLOO

www.npaamb.com

What:

NPAAMB provides skills development and training opportunities for urban Indigenous youth 15‒30 years. We attract, develop and motivate young Indigenous talent by respecting their diverse cultural identities and working closely with the communities we serve.

Stay in School Programs (Individual & Group Based)
  • Opportunity Knocks ‒ Annual Youth Career Conference
  • Work retention supports
  • Work related incentives
On-the-Job Work Experience (Individual Training)
  • Youth work experience
  • Summer work experience
  • Occupational skills training (e.g. heavy equipment skills training, CPR, first aid)
Occupational Skills Training (Group Based Training)
  • Construction skills, hospitality
  • Skills based training
  • Job placements
Wrap-Around Services (Youth Navigation)
  • Provides action based planning and interventions for the youth and their families
  • A service based on the Wraparound process which focuses on the youth, their goals, strengths, and their outcomes
  • Strength-based, client centered, individualized, and community based to address physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of the client
  • Acknowledgement of any challenges that may present barriers in achieving their goals, as well as working to create solutions to help them become more successful
  • The Youth Navigator and support network that the youth has chosen for their circle are there to guide and support the youth as the process unfolds
  • Youth Navigation is based on an unconditional commitment to their success - working as a team to understand the youth’s gifts, abilities, and capacities for growth

Who:

  • Currently residing within Kitchener–Waterloo
  • Self-identify as an Indigenous person
  • (status/non-status/First Nation, Metis, and Inuit)
  • Youth 15‒30 years
  • Desire to learn, participate, and accomplish personal career and educational goals

When:

Contact your local Youth Service Office (YSO) to schedule an intake appointment and discuss your career opportunities!

Where:

Kitchener—151 Frederick Street, Suite 501

Wrap-Around Services (Youth Navigation)
  • The Youth Navigator will meet the youth/family where the youth feel comfortable, removing any barrier that may prevent the youth from traveling to the office
  • Confidential, safe, secure and friendly
  • LGTBQ2 safe space

Ask For:

Laura St. Amour
(226) 750-8253
laura@npaamb.com

Wrap-Around Services (Youth Navigation)

Telephone or email to make an appointment for intake
Crystal Goulet
(519) 505-3705
crystal@npaamb.com


Region of Waterloo

Employment Ontario (EO) Programs

→CAMBRIDGE, KITCHENER, WATERLOO

www.regionofwaterloo.ca

What:

  • Employment Ontario Service Provider
  • Help with resumes, interviews, job searching and accessing training
  • 1 to 1 support from an Employment Facilitator
  • Access to Job Development Services

Who:

All services are open to adults

When:

Employment Services
Monday ‒ Friday at 8:30am‒4:30pm

Available in office, over the phone and using ZOOM

Resources are also available on our website at https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/living-here/employment-support.aspx

Where:

Cambridge—150 Main Street

Kitchener—235 King Street East

Waterloo—99 Regina Street South

Ask For:

Employment Services
(519) 575-4400 ext. 5656


The Working Centre

Job Search Resource Centre

→KITCHENER, WATERLOO

www.theworkingcentre.org

What:

  • Employment counselling
  • Strategic job search support
  • Support for new Canadians
  • Support with housing and financial issues
  • Computer training
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Skill building opportunities
  • Employment services
  • Second career
  • Youth resources

Who:

Employment services, second career, housing and financial supports: all ages

Youth resources (15‒29 years)

When:

In-person support: Monday ‒ Friday at 9:00am‒12:30pm

Virtual support available by phone or by ZOOM

Limited number of people allowed inside

No public computers

Phone is available

Where:

Kitchener—58 Queen Street South

Ask For:

Anyone at the front desk
(519) 743-1151 ext. 0


YMCA of Three Rivers

Employment Services

→CAMBRIDGE, KITCHENER

www.ymcaemploymentservices.ca

What:

Employment Services (ES), Youth Job Connection (YJC), Youth Job Connection Summer (YJCS), Canada Ontario Job Grant (COJG)
  • Career exploration, 1 to 1 support
  • Job search assistance, workshops
  • Second Career information
  • Labour market information
  • Employment supports
  • Job Boards, job fairs, employer panels
  • Resource centre with no cost access to: computers, fax, photocopying, printing, scanning, and telephone
  • Youth employment programs: includes paid job placement opportunities, paid workshops and activities
Services for Employers
  • Job matching, placements and incentives
  • Job posting, job fairs, employer panels
  • Recruiting, hiring and retention resources
  • Canada Ontario Job Grant ‒ funding for on the job training

Who:

All are welcome. (15+ years)
*** Cambridge office provides services in French

When:

Monday ‒ Thursday at 8:30am‒4:30pm Friday at 8:30am‒12:00pm

Where:

Cambridge—250 Hespeler Road, 2nd Floor

Kitchener—800 King Street West

Ask For:

Cambridge—(519) 621-1621 ext. 6203

Kitchener—(519) 579-9622 ext. 6147

Lil-Marie Myers—ES General Manager
(519) 579-9622 ext. 6144
or Cell: (519) 570-6714