Employers

Post a job

Employers can create their own postings for free and have job seekers complete a screening questionnaire during the application process. The screening questionnaire requests that the applicant indicate their years of experience in the areas of your posting's requirements, qualifications and soft skills. The question fields are automatically generated based on what is outlined in the posting's requirements, qualifications and soft skills.

Get started by completing our job posting form

You can also work with an employment service provider to fill your available position with their qualified candidates. Connect with your local Service Provider to find out more about the services that they can provide. 

Job postings are only available for paid employment; solely commissioned based positions are not eligible to post on this site. 


Hiring tips and resources

We want to help you find the ideal candidate close to home. Check out the following tips and resources to help you navigate the hiring process.

Service providers

Employment Ontario Employment Services help local residents find work and help employers find suitable candidates with the skills they need. Employment Services provides free job posting services; recruitment of potential employees; job matching, placement and retention support; hiring incentives and apprenticeship signing bonus; access to Canada Ontario Job Grant training dollars for existing employees and new hires, job fairs and recruitment events; and resources and information sessions to employers.

Learn more about Employment Ontario Service providers, Literacy Service providers, and other Service providers.

Advertising and hiring process tips

Want to create a job posting that captures your ideal candidate? Not sure how to screen for success in your candidate pool?  We’ve got tips and resources below to help you through the process.  

Sample job posting

Creating a job posting for a vacant position is the first step in hiring the employee that will meet the needs of your business.  A good job posting will give the job seeker a strong understanding of the responsibilities of the role, and what they require in terms of skills and experience to meet the expectations of the position. Ideally, if these components are thorough and clear, most of your applicants should be able to understand if they are qualified for your position or not, potentially reducing the number of unqualified applicants. 

How to Write A Job Posting - This site will guide you through the key information you should be including in your job posting to attract the right candidates. 

If you would prefer in-person assistance in the hiring process you can contact an Employment Service provider to access their employer support services. This may or may not involve the use of this website.

Where to advertise?

Our goal is to become the go-to employment resource in the County of Simcoe and District of Muskoka and we offer employers access to a unique job application screening tool to assist them with hiring process, so we are an excellent place to start if you are located within our region. 

Aside from Job Central, there are many different places to advertise your available position should you be looking for a broader range of job seekers.  

As mentioned above, you can work with an Employment Service provider to fill your available position for their qualified candidates. Connect with your local service provider to find out more about the services that they can provide. 

Locally you can get exposure for your vacant positions at job fairs, which will enable you to meet some of the candidates before or as they are applying and perhaps even interview them on the spot.  View the Calendar for upcoming job fairs near you.

There are other online options you may want to explore, should you be looking for a broader audience for your job posting.  These include Kijiji, LinkedIn, or social networking sites (some may charge a fee). 

Finally, your personal networks may also prove to be a fruitful source to find a qualified new employee.  Your trusted friends, family, customers or business colleagues may be able to personally recommend potential job seekers who they know would be a good fit for your vacant position. 

Screening applications

Screening your job applications can be a challenging task, particularly if you receive a high number of applicants that may not fit the job description. The screening process should enable you to review applications and short list the most qualified candidates based on their previous experience and knowledge. Job Central offers a free screening tool when you post your job on the website that enables you to create questions designed to help you gauge and assess an applicant's qualifications when they apply. There are a variety of things to consider when reviewing your application and the site below is an excellent resource to guide you through the process. 

How to Screen Job Applications - This site provides an overview of steps required to effectively compare job candidates and select the strongest matches for your available position. 

Interviewing

Interviewing is one of the most crucial parts of the hiring process.  It allows you to ask your job candidates anything (within the law - see Human Rights Code below for more detail), and meet them on a face-to-face basis, allowing you to gauge how well they would fit in with your team.  Your interview questions will enable you to better understand what your candidates' can bring to the table and how they present themselves.  Questions can range from basic queries to creative ones. 

Introduction to Interviewing E-Book - Offers a great overview of general interviewing tips and tactics. 

Interview Questions - Monster provides 100 potential interview questions ranging from the basic to the more creative. 

Interviewing and the Ontario Human Rights Code - Discusses the Ontario Human Rights Code in the context of conducting employment interviews.


Employee retention best practices

Now that you have found the ideal employee what comes next?  The resources below will give you a road map to the retention process.

How you welcome your new employee to your organization could set the tone for your working relationships for the months and hopefully years to come. Ensuring your new employee is educated on workplace policies and procedures, and introduced to any team members could help prevent misunderstandings and conflicts in the future.  

Onboarding Best Practices - This website provides a detailed overview on how to onboard your new employee from day one and onwards. 

After your investments and efforts in hiring and training your new employee it is in your best interest to keep them for as long as possible (assuming they are performing their jobs effectively). There are a variety of opportunities to increase the likelihood of your employees staying, such as competitive compensation, employee empowerment, and opportunities for advancement. Everyone benefits from minimal turnover in the workplace, as employees are likely happier and more informed about your business over time, and you are not investing in searching for and training new employees. 

Employee Retention Best Practices - Provides an overview of 7 key ways to retain high value employees.


Internships, co-ops and apprenticeships

Do you find that you hire employees that don’t meet your expectations?  Why not partner in the training process and bring on a co-op or intern who will get it right when you are ready to bring them on a full-time basis?  Learn more below.

Internships

Interns may be college or university students, high school students, or post-graduate adults. Generally, an internship consists of an exchange of services for experience between the student and an organization.

Think you can hire an intern for an unpaid internship? Internships are considered paid employment unless all 6 of these conditions are met

If you are interested in hiring an intern post your listing on our website and search the funding opportunities section below for opportunities that may help you offset the cost.

Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships make up a type of post-secondary training that enables the student to master the competencies and skills required to perform activities to industry standards that provides hands on training opportunities under the supervision of a certified journeyperson. 

Apprenticeship for Employers - Provides some basic information on the return on investment in apprenticeship training for employers and the role of the employer. 

Guide to Training Your Apprentice - The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has put together a fantastic guide to what responsibilities are included with training and sponsoring an apprentice. 

Georgian College offers a number of apprenticeship programs including: 

  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Cook
  • Developmental Services Worker
  • Child Development Practitioner
  • Educational Assistant
  • Electrician – Construction and Maintenance/Domestic and Rural/Industrial
  • General Carpenter
  • General Machinist
  • Hairstylist
  • Marine Engine Technician
  • Mould Maker
  • Plumber
  • Small Engine Mechanic
  • Tool and Die Maker

Click here to contact Georgian College or the Ministry of Training Colleges, and Universities to learn more about local apprenticeship programs. 

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) offers students a chance to attend school and train as registered apprentices at the same time. Students are able to complete their credits required for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and gain apprenticeship training leading to a Certificate of Qualification in a skilled trade at the same time. 

Employers, learn more about how to get involved with the OYAP program. Or you can additionally connect with our local school board:  Simcoe County District School Board or Simcoe Muskoka District Catholic School Board.

 

Cooperative education

Ontario cooperative education programs have specific requirements, which include the following:

  • Pre-course interview
  • Establishment of the placement
  • Pre-placement instruction
  • Personalized placement learning plan (PPLP)
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • In-school integration sessions

For more information on cooperative education.


Doing business here

Doing business in Simcoe

Ideally situated in Central Ontario, between Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay, Simcoe County has a population of approximately 450,000 (including the cities of Barrie and Orillia), and is within a one-hour drive of more than 9 million people.  A four-season playground, Simcoe County is home to a diverse and progressive business community, serving a wealth of sectors across the globe.  From our vibrant urban centres to small-town charm, Simcoe County offers you the opportunity to live the life you always wanted.

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Location

Strategically located in Central Ontario, Simcoe County has ideal access to local and international markets.  Using major provincial artery highways (400, 11, 90, 27, 89, 12, 26, & 27), businesses are accessible to over 9 million consumers within a one-hour drive and over 130 million within a day.  Simcoe County, also features the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport that has a 6,000 foot runway and 24 hour international Canadian Custom Services.

Business success

Simcoe County features a diverse and growing economy, with over 16,000 businesses calling Simcoe their home.  From large scale manufacturing like Honda of Canada Manufacturing to agri-businesses like organic farmers in Tay Township, Simcoe County provides range of businesses and employee skill levels.  Local businesses are supported by numerous business associations, 11 chambers of commerce, 4 Community Future Development Corporations, 2 Small Business Centres, and several employment services centres; Simcoe County has resources for the small entrepreneur to the large international firm.

Looking to upgrade your employees’ skills?  Simcoe County is also home to Georgian College (with 5 regional locations), and a Lakehead University campus in Orillia, both institutions can work with employers on upgrading and developing the skills they need for their employees.

Quality of life

Residents and visitors enjoy our four-season outdoor playground, where annually over 6.7 million people visit to can take in our breathtaking views, vibrant arts and culture community, walking trails, parks, marinas, shopping, dining, variety of entertainment ranging from world class shows at Casino Rama to local theatre productions, horseracing, award winning golf courses, snowmobiling, skydiving, lounging on the beach, boating and skiing are all available in Simcoe County. 

Home to several hospitals and numerous medical facilities, Simcoe County provides a high quality of life for residents.  Through Georgian College and their campus in Barrie, Orillia, Collingwood and Midland, residents can take educational courses to improvement their skills.  Through Lakehead University’s Orillia campus, or Georgian College’s university partnership with Laurentian University, residents can also obtain their post-secondary degrees.  All three educational institutions work with local employers to provide industry specific training and in-demand skill development. 

The area attracts you for the beautiful, but you stay because of the quality of life. 

Doing business in Muskoka

Welcome to Muskoka. Chances are this isn’t your first time visiting our beautiful part of the province. In fact, many who come here are drawn back, year after year, because of the breathtaking landscape and exciting experiences Muskoka has to offer. Now, imagine you lived  and worked here year round. Muskoka’s vibrant communities, natural environment and cultural amenities would be at your doorstep. From picturesque countryside and waterfront retreats, to the bustle of quaint downtown streets, to a thriving arts and culture scene, Muskoka has something for everyone.

The appeal of Muskoka’s lifestyle combined with our range of employment opportunities sets this area apart. Our healthy natural environment is something that we pride ourselves on, and we are working hard to maintain a balance between growing our economy and protecting the natural beauty that has been drawing people here for generations.  We also have a wide range of employment, business, and lifestyle options for you to consider in Muskoka.

For more information on what Muskoka has to offer, please visit our website http://www.muskoka.on.ca/en/work-and-invest/District-Profiles.aspx

Hiring Newcomers

The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership website is designed for local employers to attract, hire and retain immigrant talent. Future jobs will be dependent on skilled workers, and skilled immigrant talent will be an important part of the solution.  Visit this site to learn more about out how and why to hire immigrant talent and leverage your business.

Skills for the Green Economy

As Canada tranisitons to a greener economy, its labour market is transforming and new employment opportunities are emerging.  Skills for the Green Economy is a collaborative initiative of the four Community Futures Development Corporations across Simcoe County. The purpose of the Skills for the Green Economy initiative is to address and bridge the identified green skilled labour shortage in Simcoe County's economy with a focus on energy efficiency, green building, and renewable energy.  This will be accomplished by linking skilled and unskilled youth (age 15-29) and adults to training programs and cooperative job placements that will prepare them for entry into the emerging green economy labour market.

Skills for the Green Economy is a collaboration between:

Centre for Business and Economic Development, North Simcoe/Simcoe Nord Community Futures Development Corporation, Nottawasaga Futures Development Coproration and the Orillisa Area Community Development Corporation.

For more information please visit http://www.nottawasaga.com/get/skills_for_the_green_economy/index.html.


Funding opportunities

The National Research Council Canada has created Innovation Advisor, with their new Concierge Department.  There are about 10 Advisors throughout the country that help local businesses find grants for their new or pre-existing products.  The services are FREE.  Their website also includes all of the national, international and provincial grants that are available to all businesses.  The advisors will work directly with businesses or municipalities/Community Development Corporations/Small Business Support Centres on behalf of a business.  

The federal and provincial governments offer a number of grants, subsidies and tax credits to help offset your hiring costs view the programs below to find out what could be available to support you.

Grants

Canada-Ontario Job Grant: This grant will provide direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their employees. It will be available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees, and will:

  • Provide up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.
  • Require employers to contribute one-third of the total costs. There will be additional flexibility for small businesses to provide an in-kind contribution towards their share of the costs.
  • Require training to be delivered by an eligible, third-party trainer.

Canada Summer Jobs: Provides a wage subsidy of up to 50% of a full-time student’s salary for their employment over the summer, based on the adult minimum wage. The student must be between 15 and 30 and the business must have less than 50 employees. Businesses must apply by January 30 to be eligible.

Connect Canada: Connect Canada is a national internship program that links Canadian companies with graduate students and post-doctoral fellows for research placements. Regardless of the sector or the location, Connect Canada interns will apply the latest in research methods and know-how to the most pressing industrial R&D issues. Companies receive a cost-effective way to conduct R&D, while interns gain relevant industry experience that enhances their graduate studies.

Employer Signing Bonus: Provides a $2,000 signing bonus for every new apprentice in a skilled trade with high demand that an employer registers.

Skills Link: Businesses can receive funding to hire and train young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive) who are registered with the Skills Link program. The youth must be at risk of not finding work for one of the following reasons: the youth did not finish high school, live in a remote area, have a disability, are Aboriginal, are from a visible minority, or face other barriers.

Yves Landry Foundation: Provides funding to hire and train highly skilled workers for the purposes of advancing innovation in a business and to support the adaptation of new technology, new processes or procedures, or a change within the company to support innovation activities. The goal of this program is to prepare and better position existing businesses to enter or increase their share of the global marketplace.

Tax credits

Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit: Contributes up to 10% of a new apprentice's salary provided they are in the first 2 years of their apprenticeship, they are working towards a trade certificate, and are working in a Red Seal Trade.

Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit: Contributes up to $10,000 to hire and train a new apprentice in the skilled trades.

Cooperative Education Tax Credit: Provides up to $3,000 tax credit to hire students enrolled in a cooperative education program in colleges and universities for up to four months. This tax credit makes it feasible for both entrepreneurs and new ventures to hire on temporary summer employees.


Success stories

This site has been successful in connecting many employers to the right resources and employees they need to help their business grow.  Learn more about how others have successfully leveraged this website and regional resources to meet their needs here.


Education and training calendar

Visit the calendar page to learn about job fairs, HR workshops, and training opportunities available to you and your employees.