Our programs

Employment Services for Businesses

La Cité Employment Service offers a variety of resources and services to employers, and working with us is simple and free. If you are a licensed employer, have third-party liability insurance, and can provide WSIB coverage, we can help!

We work with you to make the hiring process more streamlined and cost effective. Post your positions on our Job Board to connect with La Cité students, graduates and community job seekers. Increase your applications by leveraging social media to advertise your opportunities, collect resumes and have them forwarded to an email address of your choice.

Subsidized placements may be available to employers hiring candidates who are unemployed and require skills development at time of hire.

Here are the benefits of participating:

  • Access to a pool of people looking for employment;
  • Available locations to conduct interviews, information session and job fairs;
  • Training incentive available, up to $ 15,000 in government support per person for training costs. (Canada-Ontario Job Grant)
  • Assistance with job interviews and selection process;
  • Fast, reliable and efficient service by our team of professionals;
  • Save time and money by taking advantage of our recruiting services;
  • Support and follow ups to the employer/client during the training period;

For more information on subsidized placements please call (613) 741-9042 Ext. 4011 or Ext. 4009.


An apprentice is someone who learns a skilled trade on the job, under the direction of more experienced workers. Apprentices also complete classroom instruction as a part of their training. Apprentices are employees, and earn a salary while they learn a skilled trade.

To become and apprentice, you must find an employer or sponsor who is willing to train you and engage in apprenticeship training. People who want to become apprentices usually apply directly to an employer or union.

La Cité Employment Service Job Board is a great place to advertise your current employment opportunities.

Apprenticeship Office

Preston Square
347 Preston Street, 3rd Floor
Ottawa, ON K1S 3H8

Office Phone: (613) 731-7100
Toll-free Phone: 1-877-221-1220
Employment Ontario Hotline: 1-800-387-5656
[email protected]

For more information on apprenticeships, please visit the Employment Ontario website.

Canada-Ontario Job Grant

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) provides an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government. Employers choose the individuals they would like to have trained, and the training that meets their workforce development needs.

The Job Grant will provide direct financial support to employers to purchase training for their existing and new employees with a plan to deliver short-term training of up to 52 weeks to cover skills gaps.

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant will:

  • Pay up to 2/3 of the training costs (up to $10,000 per person) and 100% of the training cost for new employees (up to $15,000 per person) if they are unemployed at the time of recruitment.
  • Additionally, employers will be required to contribute 1/3 of the total costs. Small businesses (less than 50 employees) may be eligible for an in-kind contribution towards their share of the costs
  • Require training to be delivered by an eligible, third-party trainer
  • Employers must apply online for funding at www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/eopg/cojg/index.html

If you have particular skills demands or training needs for your employees, the Canada-Ontario Job Grant might be right for you. For more information, please contact us at (613) 741-9042 Ext. 4004 or (613) 443-1058.

Youth Job Connection

This program is aimed at helping young people aged between 15 and 29 years old acquire skills and experience that will increase their employment capacities. For the young participant, the program includes professional assessment and career development services along with paid workshops and activities and paid on-the-job training.

For employers, this program gives them the opportunity to train and offer support to a young person in their business, and get the opportunity to acquire a good employee in doing so.

Youth Job Connection Summer

This program is for students aged from 15 to 18 years old and aims at supplying them with information and summer jobs perspectives and help them make the right training and career choices. Several students can thus find their first official job through this program.

For employers, this program offers the opportunity to train young people to develop skills in their specific trades, while getting a helping hand during the summer season. Financial incentives are also given to help cover for costs related to temporary reductions in productivity, increased supervision requirements and other expenses during the on-the-job training period.

Career Centres

La Cité Employment Services offers a variety of resources and information to ensure you get the employment assistance you need. We are here to help you succeed in your search for meaningful employment and training.

Whether you are looking for employment or information on literacy, academic upgrading, Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program, Better jobs Ontario or Employment Insurance, visit one of our resource centres for more information and assistance.

Our resource centres offer free employment related access to computers, internet, printing, photocopying, telephone and fax as well as workshops on demand.

Our services are open to the public and free of charge.

More intensive employment services – such as personalized job search assistance, job matching and placement and job retention services may be available if you are unemployed and out of school. If you are interested in knowing more about these services, please contact us at 613-741-9042 or 613-443-2300.

Better jobs Ontario

The objective of Better jobs Ontario 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. 

Qualified candidates can be eligible to receive financial help to pay for:

  • Tuition
  • Living Expenses
  • Help caring for dependents
  • Travel
  • Transportation
  • Disability supports
  • Other living and training costs
  • Books

Employment Needs Assessment

Individuals interested in skills training must meet with staff at Career Centre and complete a thorough employment needs assessment. For consideration under the Better jobs Ontario program, individuals must also be assessed on the Better jobs Ontario eligibility requirements listed below.

Better jobs Ontario Eligibility

To be eligible, 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.

For the purposes of Better jobs Ontario, “laid-off” individuals also includes:

  • Those individuals whose employment contract has ended.
  • Those individuals who have received Employment Insurance maternity or parental benefits and are seeking to reenter the labour force.
  • Those individuals who have left work due to medical reasons.

For the purposes of Better jobs Ontario, “unemployed” includes individuals:

  • Working less than 20 hours per week;
  • Who may have taken an interim job to make ends meet after their initial lay-off;
  • On salary continuation or who have received severance pay.

For more information, please visit our Career Centre : http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/fre/secondcareer/index.html.

Youth Job Connection

You, who is between 15 and 29 years old, unemployed, who live in eastern Ontario? We have a program that could help you! The Youth Connection Program will help you find a job. At this time of pandemic, this is a great time to do pre-employment workshops and get paid to do them.

  • YJC stands for Youth Job Connection Program.
  • It is a program to help you find a job and keep it.
  • It does not cost you anything, apart from your time and your positive energy.
  • With the help of Employment Ontario, you will look for an employer who would like to hire you.
  • You will be assist throughout the program.

15 to 18 years old – YJC summer

To qualify you must…

  • Be between 15 and 18 years old, have no or little work experience and want to find a job while in school.

Why you should do the program:

  • You will do a pre-employment training of 20 hours where you will learn strategies to find and keep a job.
  • You will be paid for your 20 hours of training (20 x $14,00 = $280).

18 to 29 years old –YJC

To qualify you must…

  • Be between 18 and 29 years old, looking for a job. Be unemployed and not registered in a training program.

Why you should do the program:

  • You will do a pre-employment training of 60 hours where you will learn strategies to find and keep a job.
  • You will be paid for your 60 hours of training (60 x $14,00 = $840).

Work placement

  • You can start a work placement with an employer at the end of your 20 hours YJC-Summer or 60 hours for YJC.
  • During your work placement, if you need any type of work equipment, clothes, boots, gas; we can help you with that!
  • You will be monitored (phone, email or in-person) during your placement.
  • Caution – leaving an employer before talking to the counselor should not happen.


Contact us
613-443-2300 ext: 4100
[email protected]