Employment North On The Job Newsletter


Connect • Explore • Discover
– March 2019 – 

Welcome to Employment North’s Newsletter packed with information on Employment resources, programs and services offered to Employers and Job Seekers in District’s of Muskoka and Almaguin. With offices in Sundridge, Gravenhurst and satellite locations throughout the regions; our goal is to connect employers and job seekers by creating relationships, training plans and on the job training.  

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Client Success


We Are So Proud of Curtis!
Curtis participated in one of our youth services programs and we are thrilled to play a small role in his workplace success at Near North Business Machines in Huntsville. Our student services are available throughout the Almaguin and Muskoka communities, contact Employment North today to get started. 

Check out this video for details on Curtis’s success with Employment North and his accomplishments.

Did You Know?

Employment North Quick Facts

  • Employment North has worked with over 200 participants in the Youth Job Connection Program
  • Over 700 jobs are posted annually from local employers on the employmentnorth.com job board
  • Our inclusive accommodating staff provide expertise in a variety of programs to serve all job seekers
  • Employment North’s Employment Specialists work one-on-one with local businesses creating new positions, recruitment plans and maintaining staffing levels.
  • Employment North has been assisting our community employers and job seekers for over 30 years

Programs for Job Seekers

How We Can Help?

Our team is ready to assist with employment and training plans that are tailored to the needs of individual clients both Businesses and Job Seekers.

Job Seeker: 

• One-on-One Assistance
• Employment Readiness
• Job Search Assistance
• Apprenticeship Information
• Career Exploration
• Education & Training Plans
• Computer & Resources Centre
• Workshops and On-site Training
• Referrals and Networking
• Work Placements
• Youth Job Connection
• Youth Job Connection Summer
• Youth Incentives & Support


Youth Job Connection

Current Intake

Accepting Candidates Continuously for Muskoka & Almaguin
Sessions available in Sundridge, Huntsville, Gravenhurst
Transportation options may be available

Next Session Begins – March 11, 2019, Space Still Available

Summary: The Youth Job Connection program serves youth aged 15 to 29 who experience barriers to employment by providing more intensive supports beyond traditional job search and placement opportunities

Program Offers

  • Paid pre-employment training to promote job-readiness
  • Job placements with support for participants
  • Hiring incentives for employers
  • Mentorship services
  • Education and work transitions support
Real Talk:
From April 2016 to date we have worked with over 200 youth in the Youth Job Connection program. The participants were from all over the District’s of Muskoka and Almaguin. They attended two weeks of workshops and completed 60 hours of certification, knowledge-sharing, brainstorming and self-awareness training. Over the course of the two weeks, there were some hesitations, lots of laughter and some mindsets to overcome. The workshops included discussions around social skills, employment standards, employer expectations, creating and achieving goals, personal finance and budgeting, and Health and Safety education.

After the intensive pre-employment training, successful participants went on to a placement with local employers.  The employers included trades, landscapers, building construction companies, retail establishments, restaurants, spas and pet groomers. Some of the participants also received additional certificates required for placements including Fall Arrest, Smart Serve Certification and Chainsaw Safety Training.

Many had multiple placements; some are still working with their original employers, others moved on to new opportunities while a few have returned to post-secondary working towards their long-term goals.

We are inspired by the youth who completed the program, challenging themselves, changing their employment opinions and committed to creating a long term employment plan.

Location – Available to Youth in Almaguin & Muskoka
Training Sessions take place in Gravenhurst, Sundridge, Huntsville


Second Career

Current Intake – Call our office to book an appointment

Summary: You can get new skills – those needed for jobs in demand now – and financial support when you qualify for Second Career.

Apply for up to $28,000 for costs including:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Manuals, workbooks or other instructional costs
  • Transportation
  • Basic living allowance (maximum $410 per week)
  • Child Care
How you qualify for Second Career:
To be eligible for Second Career, individuals must:
  • Have been laid -off on or after January 1, 2005; and
  • Be unemployed; and
  • Demonstrate occupational demand for the training request with evidence of good employment prospects locally or within Ontario
  • Individuals must also meet suitability


Available through Employment North in Muskoka & Almaguin regions
Training Sessions take place in Gravenhurst, Sundridge, Huntsville

Book your appointment through our offices to see if you qualify. 


Youth Job Connection: Summer

Current Intake – Accepting Candidates

Register Now

Summary: Youth Job Connection Summer – Provides summer, part-time and after-school job opportunities to high school students, aged 15 to 18, who are facing challenges and may need support transitioning between school and work. 

Supports include:

  • Paid pre-employment training to promote job-readiness;
  • Job matching and paid job placements, with placement, support for participants and hiring incentives for employers;
  • Mentorship services; and
  • Education and work transitions support.

 Location – Available to Youth in Almaguin & Muskoka regions
Training Sessions take place in Gravenhurst, Sundridge, Huntsville


Youth Job Link

Current Intake 

Accepting Candidates
Register Now – One of One Consultations

Summary – Youth Job Link is designed to help youth, including students, aged 15 to 29, who do not face significant barriers to employment, but who could benefit from some extra help to plan their careers and transition to the labour market. The YJL program is available province-wide through Employment Ontario service providers including Employment North.

Youth Job Link provides three categories of non-intensive employment services, each of which is available year-round. They are:

  • Career exploration services to increase knowledge of career options and support career decision-making;
  • Career management services to improve readiness for the labour market; and,
  • Job search, preparation and matching assistance to connect youth with employers offering employment opportunities, including summer jobs.

 Location – Available in Employment North’s Sundridge & Gravenhurst locations

Getting Started

We Have Appointment Options
We welcome drop-ins at our offices and are very flexible about how we connect with Employers and Job Seekers.  If traditional appointments are not preferred we are happy to connect by:
– Phone
– Skype
– Facebook Messenger
– In person at libraries, coffee shops and agency offices

To set-up an appointment
– Drop by our offices
– Email Us
– Call Us
– Book Online at www.employmentnorth.com

Book an Appointment Online

Serving Muskoka & Almaguin Area’s

In addition to our Employment Resouce Centre’s in Sundridge & Gravenhurst. We also offer a number of Employment Ontario programs throughout the region, we have scheduled outreach services at:

South River  – The first and third mornings of the month (by appointment)
Powassan – Wednesdays 9-2:30 at 250 Clark Street, Powassan, ON
Muskoka Lakes – By appointment
Huntsville – By appointment at Employment North at 82 West Street, Huntsville, ON

Business Programs & Services

How We Can Help?
Employer Services:

• Job Postings
• Custom Recruitment Plan
• One-on-One Consultations
• Apprenticeship Information
• Canada Ontario Job Grant
• Human Resources Information
• Interview & Job Fair location and support
• Job Placements, Hiring Incentives & Training Dollars


Feature Employer – Swiss Country House

Meet Charlene, Manager of Swiss Country House, a destination restaurant, pub and waterfront venue in Ahmic Harbour. Employment North has been working with the Team at Swiss Country House for many years.  From with recruitment and retention to placements and training subsidies, we share our all our clients’ successes.

Boston Pizza Back Open in Gravenhurst

We had a great time assisting Boston Pizza’s Gravenhurst location recruit and prepare staff for their December reopening.  The location underwent a multi-month renovation and with Employment North’s support hosted a Job Fair to ensure their staffing requirements were met before their reopening.

“Great service and great staff at Employment North,  they were eager to help and keep us updated with their programs.” – Manager, Boston Pizza Gravenhurst

Congratulations BP Gravenhurst on your successful reopening


Canada-Ontario Job Grant
Call our offices in Gravenhurst or Sundridge
Summary: The Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) provides direct financial support for employers to provide short –term training to existing and new employees.

This grant program allows employers to choose the training that meets the needs of their business and the individuals to be trained.

  1. The Government provides up to $10,000 per person for training costs.
  2. Employers must contribute 1/3 of the total costs (with some additional flexibility for small businesses to provide in-kind reimbursement, up to another 1/6th of the training costs)
  3. Training must be less than 1 year, and be delivered by an eligible, third-party trainer.

Employers are encouraged to focus on submitting training applications for:

  • New or better jobs for their employees
  • Training programs and courses that are over $500 and longer than 1 week (25 hours)
  • New initiatives (applications that have not been submitted in the last 6 months)
Location – Available to Youth in Almaguin & Muskoka
Training Sessions take place in Gravenhurst, Sundridge, Huntsville

Business Testimonial

– Luke Preston, GF Preston General Manager –

“Employment North simplifies the process of finding candidates and hiring people for open positions within our company and goes above and beyond when it comes to administering grants and subsidies that we qualify for.  It is always a pleasure working with their team.  Thank you!” 

Business Resources

Check out the links below for business resources
that are available in Muskoka & Almaguin.


Meet Our Team
We want you to be able to see a recognizable face when you come to see us, so each newsletter, we’ll feature a member of our team here. 

Meet Melissa

Melissa joined the Employment North Team in August and was recently promoted to an Employment Consultant.  Drop into our Almaguin office to meet with Melissa to find out about programs and services available to job seekers. Congratulations on your promotion Melissa.

Best Part of Your Job

There are 2 best parts of my job. They are my co-workers (including Management) and the Clients I meet every day.   

Job Seeker Tip  

Don’t put in half the effort unless you are ok with half the results. 

Guilty Pleasure 

Curling up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn/chips watching Romantic Comedy movies 

What was your First Job 

I was a server at the old Wagon Wheel (Where Kudos Cantina is now) in Powassan.

Partner Profile: 
Contact North

Our client Holly participated in Employment Ontario’s Youth Job Connection program available through Employment North.  Through the workshops and training, she was able to gain employment skills, completed an employment placement and overcame customer service anxieties.

Working with Robin at Contact North Bracebridge, Holly is now completing an online bookkeeping course.  Working with Employment North and partners, Holly is now employed while working on her future career goals.  


Contact North Muskoka

Robin Brushey
Student Information Officer

Located with Muskoka Futures
345 Ecclestone Dr, Bracebridge, ON

Contact North Parry Sound

Nicholas Roche
Student Information Officer

Located within Canadore College
1 College Drive, Parry Sound ON

Almaguin Office Updates
What’s happening in our Sundridge Office

Winter Prep for Summer Jobs

Summer Camps, Ontario Parks, Provincial and Federal Internships are now accepting summer student applications. Now is the time to be job ready for the summer season.

Employment North will be on-site at Almaguin Highlands Secondary School every Wednesday’s lunch break (12:30 pm-1:10 pm).  Speak with our team to learn about our student services.  Drop by our information booth for details about incentive programs for the summer that will help you purchase equipment or clothing for work.

Have a snow day? PD Day?

Come by the office; let us help you with your resume and applications!
Our Office in Sundridge is open 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, 104 Main Street Sundridge, ON

Muskoka Office Updates

What’s Happening in our Gravenhurst Office

Download a Printable Workshop Schedule

Muskoka Workshop Schedule
Almaguin Workshop Schedule

Workshop Descriptions

Contact Us

Sundridge Employment Office

104 Main Street, P.O. Box 9
Sundridge, ON, P0A 1Z0
Tel: 705-384-1110

Monday – Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm

Gravenhurst Employment Office
2-410 Muskoka Road South
Gravenhurst, ON, P1P 1J4
Tel: 705 687-6350

Monday – Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm

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