Employment Supports

Ontario Works Employment Supports help you become “job ready”. Your service coordinator can help you access our employment supports and provide more information.

Employment Supports

Addiction and mental health services

Addiction Services Initiative (ASI), in partnership with St. Leonard's Community Services, helps you if your substance use is causing problems in your life and holds you back from education or employment. When you're ready, your service coordinator can connect you with agencies that provide mental health and addiction services and programs that are right for you.

Education Programs

Many education programs are available to help you:

  • Finish high school
  • Improve your language skills
  • Upgrade your reading, writing or math skills
  • Upgrade to apply to college or university

Skills training programs

If you need special training to get a job, we partner with community agencies to get you the help you need to develop your skills. The courses and costs such as daycare and transportation can be fully funded by Ontario Works.

Learning, Earning and Parenting (LEAP)

If you're a young parent between the ages of 16 to 25, the LEAP program can give you the supports you need to:

  • Finish high school
  • Improve your parenting skills
  • Prepare for and find work so you can support your family

A financial incentive is provided to students who successfully complete the LEAP Program. The money can be used to help with further education or to invest in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for your child.

Reading, writing and basic skills

If it's hard for you to get or keep a job because you have trouble with reading, writing, or math, we can help you get the education you need.

If you are a Newcomer to Canada and/or English is not your first language, we can connect you with English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in the community.

Resource Centres

The Resource Centres provide:

  • Job postings
  • On-site support people to help you with your job search
  • Internet access and links to local employment and training-related websites
  • Access to a fax machine and photocopier at no cost
  • Books, career guides, local newspapers and business directories.

Locations

Ontario Works, 220 Colborne Street, Brantford, 519, 759-3330

Major Ballachey Neighbourhood Hub, 105 Rawdon Street, Brantford, 519-752-1643

Community Services, 15 Curtis Avenue, Paris, 519-442-1818

Employment-related benefits

If you receive Ontario Works assistance and are actively involved in an employment assistance activity or have started a job, you may also be eligible to receive assistance with related expenses. If you are not in receipt of Ontario Works, you may be eligible for an Employment Grant of up to $250.

Apply by phone at 519-759-3330 or in person at 220 Colborne Street, Brantford.