Programs & Services

CERC provides free access to resources and information for all individuals on employment, training opportunities and community services.


  • Job search assistance
  • Resume development
  • Access to job postings and links to job search resources
  • Second Career assessments
  • Ontario Self Employment Benefit information
  • Employment workshops
  • Social Media information
  • On-line workshops including WHMIS and Smart Serve

  • Information sessions on training opportunities and community resources
  • Apprenticeship information
  • Resources and materials on interviews, cover letters, resumes, career exploration, job retention, job profiles, human rights and self-employment
  • Access to computers, fax and photocopying services


Job Creation Partnerships is an employment program that provides work experience to unemployed job seekers within projects that benefit the community or local economy. The JCP program is offered in partnership with the Ottawa Festival Network (OFN) and Employment Ontario. At the end of their involvement, participants in the program will have recent experience and additional skills to add to their resume, increasing their chances of successfully obtaining long-term employment.


Who Can Participate?

Job seekers who are unemployed and meet one of the following conditions:

Established a claim for Employment Insurance benefits or their Employment Insurance period ended within the past three years;

Established a claim for Employment Insurance maternity or parental benefits and were paid benefits within the past five years and are re-entering the labour force after having left it to care for newborn or newly adopted children.


Eligible Projects should:

be finite in nature and incremental to the sponsors normal activities;

provide a benefit to the community or the local economy;

provide participants with a meaningful work experience;

share in the cost of the project, if it is within the sponsors ability to do so.


Find out more.

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The Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement is a key source of funding for new, employer-driven, training initiatives to support Ontarians in obtaining the skills required to fill and succeed in available jobs. Under the agreement, Ontario delivers the Canada-Ontario Job Grant. The grant provides direct financial support for employers who wish to purchase training for their workforce. This program is intended to support employers in taking a greater role in workforce development. The cost of training is a shared investment between employers and the government.


Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) provides opportunities for employers, individually or in groups, to invest in their workforce, with help from the government. It provides direct financial support to individual employers or employer consortia who wish to purchase eligible, third-party training for their employees. Employers can get up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.


Who Can Participate?

  • Employers with 100 or more employees need to contribute 1/2 of the training costs. Small employers with less than 100 employees need to contribute 1/6 of training costs.

For employer groups (more than 2 employers) who want to apply for training supports the government offers a COJG Consortium Stream.


The objective of Second Career is to support laid off, unemployed individuals who require skills training to assist them to find employment in occupations with demonstrated labour market prospects in Ontario. The ultimate goal of SC is to return individuals to employment by the most cost effective path. For detailed infomation please refer to Second Career.
You must:
  • Have been laid off on or after January 1, 2005 (can be on salary continuance or service)
  • Be unemployed (or working less than 20 hours a week) or have taken an interim job to make ends meet after the layoff (interim job must be NOC D)
  • Demonstrate occupational demand for the training request with evidence of good employment prospects locally or within Ontario.
1 laid off includes employment contract ended, or left work due to medical reasons or you received EI maternity or parental benefits and seek to re-enter the labour force
You will be assessed for suitability for the Second Career program on a points system based on the following criteria:
  • History of job search
  • Duration of unemployment
  • Educational attainment
  • Work history
  • Labour market prospects
  • Types of training
  • Experience – Workplace skills
Financial Need
If you meet the eligibility criteria and obtain the required suitability score, then you will be assessed for financial need through the MTCU. You maybe be required to contribute towards the total cost of approved training.
Assessments are based on:
Household Income
  • Living expenses (there are maximum amounts set for expense categories)
  • Course and incremental costs
  • Costs associated with disability needs
For more information, please review the Second Career Program Information document and the Second Career Estimate of Financial Assistance document.
You can register to attend an information session at our centre or contact us at
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Apprenticeship is a hands-on training program for people who want to work in a skilled trade… and you earn while you learn! Some of the skilled trades available to apprentice include: Automotive Service, Electrician, Carpenter, Hairstylist, Early Childhood Education and many others.


Please review the list of Apprenticeship websites and contact us for more information at or 613-828-2123.