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Welcome to the Employer Resource Corner!

Recruitment and Retention are two major challenges currently facing local employers in Waterloo Wellington Dufferin. There are resources out there, but they can take some time to find. We hope this page will serve as a one-stop shop of recruitment and retention resources for you!

This resource page is new. If you have feedback or additional resources, please email: [email protected].


Finding Workers
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Active Job Searchers

Employment Ontario – Employment Services

A local Employment Services provider works with jobseekers and can help you attract and recruit the right employees and find financial incentives to offset on-the-job training costs. No fee charged to the employer, as services are government-funded. When looking for job seekers, go where the job seekers go!

Map of local Employment Ontario (EO) service providers
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Staffing Agencies

Also known as employment agencies, placement agencies, or recruiting firms. These are businesses that act as a middleman between employers and workers, helping to match qualified candidates with companies that have job openings. Some agencies may offer additional business support services. There is a fee charged to the employer.

Map of local Staffing / Employment Agencies
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School Boards & Programs

The School Boards in Waterloo, Guelph, Wellington and Dufferin have many programs that link their students to employers.

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP): OYAP provides students with the opportunity to complete studies towards a high school diploma while beginning an apprenticeship program. Connect to the OYAP coordinator in your region via the OYAP Employers page.

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program offers students in Grades 11 & 12 the opportunity to explore a specific community, or economic and/or industrial sector in preparation for apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace. Students select a major as their focus in their senior years and complete three components (Certifications, Courses & Co-op) to earn their designation on their high school diploma.

Co-op: Cooperative Education allows students to earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement. The program consists of a co-op course monitored by a cooperative education teacher, a related curriculum course in any subject and a work placement.

Local Organizations

Waterloo Region

  • Business & Education Partnership (BEP) of Waterloo Region
    • Career exploration programs for students in Grades 7 – 12 in Waterloo Region. Programs bridge the gap between school and work to help students explore careers, gain meaningful professional connections, and learn valuable job skills.

Guelph, Wellington County, and Dufferin County

  • Career Education Council (CEC)
    • Collaborates extensively with local employers, educators, and community partners to provide learning opportunities that will help youth to make more informed choices about their future education, training, and career pathway.

Post-Secondary Schools

Local Colleges

Conestoga College

  • Connect to Conestoga’s Employer Services for assistance with your recruiting, employee assessment and training needs.

Georgian College

  • Georgian’s Employers and Partners link includes resources for accessing talent, building and growing your business, investing in innovation, and information on using Georgian’s event spaces and services.

Private Career Colleges

Local Universities

University of Guelph

University of Waterloo

Wilfrid Laurier University

Immigrant Workforce

Government Resources

Local Employment & Mentorship Programs

The organizations below are working directly with newcomers that want to find work! Employment programs provide job search assistance, and mentorship programs help internationally trained professionals widen their local network.

Online Tools

Employer Playbook: Strategies for Immigrant Inclusion in Canadian Workplaces
from WES (World Education Services)

  • This Employer Playbook includes practical strategies to bolster immigrant inclusion throughout the four stages of the employment cycle:
    • recruiting
    • hiring
    • onboarding
    • and integrating.
  • The Employer Playbook also provides a high-level synthesis of community resources and services available to employers.
Employer Playbook: Strategies for Immigrant Inclusion in Canadian Workplaces

Settlement Services

Have you recently hired a New Canadian? Settlement services can help them find the things they need to feel settled in their new community.

Local Immigration Partnerships

Local Immigration Partnerships are made up of businesses, community agencies, current residents, governments and investors. They plan together how to attract newcomers to their area and improve their experience in the community.

Translation / Interpretation

Trained professional interpreters should be used for all legal, medical, and other situations that require informed consent, confidentiality, specialized terminology or impartiality. Trained interpreters are covered by Errors and Omission insurance and adhere to a strict code of conduct and industry approved Standards of Practice.

Local Professional Interpreters & Document Translators

On-Demand Remote Professional Interpretation

Informal Interpretation

Workforce Planning
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The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (WPB) identifies local labour market needs, trends, and priorities and works with the community to develop actions to address these issues.

The resources below provide data and insight on the local workforce that you can use for future planning of your business and workforce.

Local Labour Market

Local Labour Market Plan (LLMP)

  • Annual Local Labour Market Plans review data on the workforce and employers within the Waterloo Wellington Dufferin area:
    • Who is available for work?
    • What are employers looking for? How are they doing?
    • How Employment Ontario Services are supporting the local workforce
    • Action Plan from The Workforce Planning Board – the actions being done to address local workforce challenges
  • 2022 Local Labour Market Plan (English) (French)
Cover image of the Local Labour Market Plan Update report for 2021-2022

Local Employer Survey

  • EmployerOne Report
    • Insights from our bi-annual survey of local employers:
      • Key Highlights
      • Organization and Workforce Characteristics
      • Hiring & Separation Stats
      • Hard to Fill Positions
      • Recruitment and Retention
      • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
      • Work Trends
Cover image of the EmployerOne Survey report for 2022

Custom Labour Market Information

Grants & Business Supports
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Government Supports


Hiring Incentives

Tax Incentives

Provincial – Ontario


Municipal Supports & Economic Development

Services offered by the City or Townships to support their local businesses.

Economic Development services may be offered by the municipality and/or additional local organizations. Services include programs, policies, and activities to improve the economic well-being of their communities.

Waterloo Region

Guelph & Wellington County

Dufferin County

Chambers of Commerce & Community Futures

Chambers of Commerce advocate on behalf of the business community, and serve as a local business network.

Community Futures organizations provide small business services to people living in rural and remote communities. Each office delivers small business loans, tools, training and events for people wanting to start, expand, franchise or sell a business.

Business Improvement Areas (BIAs)

The mission of a BIA is to make the area a better place to do business. It is an association of local businesses and commercial property owners who join together to promote the economic development of the district through various marketing, beautification, safety and advocacy initiatives.

Business Centres & Local Organizations

Waterloo Region

Guelph & Wellington County

  • Business Centre Guelph Wellington
  • Launch It Minto
    • Business community hub serving Minto, Mapleton and Wellington North
  • Innovation Guelph
    • provides mentorship and business support services that help innovative enterprises start, grow & thrive
  • Grow Guelph
    • network of non-profit organizations, government, and academic partners to help businesses start, stay, and grow in Guelph
  • 10C
    • community hub & shared workspace

Dufferin County

More Business Supports

  • Communitech
    • Helps tech employers start and grow their company
  • MaRS
    • Seed stage investor in Ontario, investing in IT, health and cleantech companies
  • Digital Main Street
    • Grants and services including digital how-to guide and program to help you grow your business
  • Canadian Digital Adoption Program (CDAP)
    • Grants, loans, and expert advice to help small and medium-sized enterprises adopt digital technologies to increase their competitiveness
  • HelloHire
    • Online speed-hiring platform
    • Received government funding to offer some industries free access to the platform until Mar 2023


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