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Employment

A woman at a desk holding up a resume

Employment counsellors are paid by the government to help you find employment. They can assist you with your job search skills, resume and preparing for interviews. They can connect you to mentorship opportunities, bridging programs, job placement opportunities and more. 

Employment Service Providers

Wesley
Address: 155 Queen St. N. Hamilton
Website: https://Wesley.ca/program/employment-services

YMCA of Hamilton/ Burlington/Brantford
Address: 25 Main St. West Hamilton, ON L8N1H1
Website: https://www.ymcahbb.ca/new-canada

YWCA
Address:
75 MacNab Street South, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1
Website: https://www.ywcahamilton.org/join/employment-services/

Employment Hamilton
Address: 67 & 77 Victoria Avenue South, Hamilton, Ontario L8N 2S8
Website: https://employmenthamilton.com/

PATH Employment
Address: 31 King St. East, Suite 100, Hamilton, ON L8A 1A1
Website: https://www.pathemployment.com/

Mohawk College
Address: 135 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton, ON, Canada L9C 0E5 & 163 Centennial Parkway North, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8E 1H8
Website: https:/mohawkcollege.ca/community-employment-services

Collège Boréal Hamilton – Options Emploi
Address: 120 King Street West, Plaza Level, Hamilton, ON  L8P 4V2
Website: https://collegeboreal.ca/en/service/employment-services/

Goodwill
Address: 1050 Upper Gage Ave. Hamilton, ON L8V 5B7 & 225 King William St. Hamilton, ON L8R 1B1
Website: https://goodwillonline.ca/employment-services/

VPI Working Solutions
Address: 1051 Upper James Street, Suite 102, Hamilton ON L9C 3A6
Website: https://www.vpi-inc.com

 

Workforce Planning Hamilton has a job board where you can find employment opportunities in the Hamilton area: https://www.workforceplanninghamilton.ca/jobs/. For more information on how to navigate Hamilton’s Largest Job Board, please contact info@workforceplanninghamilton.ca.

Programs

Apatisiwin Program

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre
905-548-9593 ext. 226, lharris@hric.ca
34 Ottawa St N, Hamilton, ON L8H 3Y7, Canada

Provides support and assistance to clients in their pursuit of permanent employment through resume writing, job search counseling, computer access, fax/photocopying services, access to job listings, training course listing, and education/occupation resources.

Apatisiwin is a Swampy Cree word meaning “Employment, Training and Jobs”.

Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades Programs

Mohawk College
1-844-767-6871 (Admissions), 1-866-489-4054 (Apprenticeship Information Line), 905-575-2545 (Apprenticeship Information Line), apprenticeship@mohawkcollege.ca
481 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 2Y8, Canada

Skilled trades certificates, diploma programs, and apprenticeship opportunities, including:

  • Co-operative education options
  • Building and construction
  • Industrial and mechanical
  • Motive power

Apprenticeship Office Program

Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development
1-800-668-4479, 905-521-7764, hnb.apprenticeship@ontario.ca
119 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y7, Canada

Offers registration and support to:

  • new apprentices who have arranged a sponsoring employer or who have prior education and related work experience
  • also offers consultation to sponsoring employers

  • Apprenticeship Scholarship

  • $1,000 scholarship upon completion of academic upgrading, for registered apprentices younger than 25 years who left school before completing the necessary academic requirements for registering in a trade, who are committed to achieving the necessary academic requirements within one year, and who demonstrate an interest in the skilled trades

  • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

  • school-to-work transition program offered through Ontario secondary schools
  • students earn cooperative education credits in grades 11 and 12 through work placements in skilled trades
  • interested students full-time high school students 16 years and older entering Grade 11 should contact their guidance counsellor, co-op education teacher or the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Coordinator for the local school board or contact the local Apprenticeship Office

  • Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program

  • job skill development and trade readiness for unemployed individuals wanting careers in skilled trades
  • programs are at various community locations, and up to 52 weeks long including a minimum 8-12 week work placement
  • free, with costs covered for tuition, textbooks, safety equipment and tools

 This office offers on-site exams

Bridge2Work Programs

Skills for Change
182 Rebecca St, Hamilton, ON L8R 1C1, Canada

Offers programs to help internationally trained professionals improve their knowledge and employability skills.

Industries include:

  • accounting and finance
  • health informatics
  • data analytics
  • electricians
  • heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning mechanics
  • industrial millwrights
  • plumbing
  • welding

Cannabis Production Worker Training and Recruitment Program

Career Foundation
1-855-223-8231, 416-821-3487, cannabis@careerfoundation.org
110 James St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 2Z2, Canada

Provides job seekers with industry training that enhances skill sets, productivity, safety, and workplace communication. Helps to increase job prospects and job mobility for workers in the cannabis industry in a practical learning environment. 

Program requires 30 to 40 hours per week and includes:

  • health and safety training
  • cannabis legislation and regulations
  • quality control and product packaging 
  • cannabis production, farm labour, sanitation, and trimming
  • workplace communication 
  • industry exploration and career planning
  • paid industry work placement  

This program is made possible through the SkillsAdvance Ontario (SAO) pilot project. It is funded by the Government of Ontario, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. 

Community Connections Mentorship Program

Centre de Santé Communautaire Hamilton/Niagara
1-866-437-7606, 1-877-336-2433 (For women only), 905-528-0163 ext. 3298, 905-528-0163 ext. 3332, 905-528-9196, cschn@cschn.ca
1320 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON L8H 2W1, Canada

Provides group activities for newly-arrived immigrants and refugees of all ages to help orient them to their new community while establishing social and professional networks.

Completing the Circle Program

Career Foundation
1-855-223-8231, 416-806-3757, mjawad@careerfoundation.org
110 James St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 2Z2, Canada

An employment placement program for young adults under 30 years old. Assists job seekers in their search for employment by providing them with individual support to help understand their skills, identify their role in the labour market, and recognize their potential contributions to employers. Job matching is the focus of this program.

Counselling and Community Services

Interval House of Hamilton
289-895-8580 (Flamborough), 905-387-8881, 905-522-0127 (Hamilton), info@intervalhousehamilton.org
100 Main St E, Suite 205, Hamilton, ON L8N 3W4
17 Main St S, Unit C, Waterdown, ON L0R 2H0, Canada

Services provided by Interval House of Hamilton at Women’s Centre of Hamilton and Flamborough Women’s Resource Centre. Provides support for women and their children who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse including:

  • community counselling services
  • individual counselling
  • employment counselling
  • peer support
  • wellness and recovery groups
  • safety planning
  • housing services

Dundas Community Services Counselling and Referral Services

Dundas Community Services
460 Main Street East, Unit 404, Hamilton, ON L8N 1K4
25 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6, Canada

Through partnering organizations, Dundas Community Services offers free employment counselling, as well as individual and family counselling with fees geared to your income levels.

Employment Counselling is in partnership with YMCA Employment Services, this program offers a free employment clinic on every second Monday of the month.

Individual and Family Counselling is in partnership with Catholic Family Services of Hamilton, this program offers a weekly geared-to-income counselling clinic on every Thursday afternoon.

Educational Planning Assessment Tool

Adult Basic Education Association of Hamilton
905-527-2222 ext. 1, email@abea.on.ca
55 York Blvd, Central Library, 4th floor, Hamilton, ON L8R 3K1, Canada

Learning assessment designed to identify Essential Skills levels.  Includes a detailed Action Plan to help achieve education, training, and employment goals.  Provides an employment profile and training summary specific to the client’s needs.  This assessment can be done in a one-to-one or group format and takes approximately 3 hours to complete.

Employment Counselling

Immigrants Working Centre
905-525-5209 ext. 232, akelly@iwchamilton.ca
8 Main St E, Suite 101, Hamilton, ON L8N 1E8, Canada
182 Rebecca St, Hamilton, ON L8R 1C1, Canada
160 Centennial Pkwy N, Unit 7, Hamilton, ON L8E 1H9, Canada
1119 Fennell Ave E, Suite 236, Hamilton, ON L8T 1S2, Canada

Offers employment counselling to newcomers who are unemployed or underemployed and actively seeking work. Services include:

  • Career action planning
  • Industry-specific resume writing
  • Job interview preparation

  • Services are provided by qualified staff who specialize in the following industries:

  • Business
  • Skilled Trades including Construction, Electrician and General Labour
  • Administration
  • Law
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)
  • Customer Service and Retail

Employment Ontario

Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development
1-800-387-5656, 1-866-533-6339, 416-326-5656, contactEO@ontario.ca
119 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y7, Canada

Program of the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development that provides services to help job seekers, workers, and employers with advice, grants, and other services around public and private sector employment.

  • Ontario Job Bank online database
  • Ontario apprenticeships
  • Summer jobs for high school, university, and college students
  • Adult learning courses to prepare for new jobs, training, or further education
  • Help for laid-off workers to pay living expenses and tuition for job training or postsecondary education
  • Funding for employers to hire workers through Employment Ontario

Employment Services, St. Leonard’s Community Services

St. Leonard’s Community Services
289-285-0133
11 Argyle St N, Caledonia, ON N3W 1B7, Canada

Offers a number of employment assistance services to the Caledonia community. 

Services include:

  • job search assistance
  • job matching and placements
  • second career services
  • student employment services
  • resource area including computers and internet use

Empowering Abilities Program

Career Foundation
1-855-223-8231, 905-667-0321, eap@careerfoundation.org
110 James St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 2Z2, Canada

Provides one-on-one support to job seekers with self-disclosed disabilities with the goal of gaining and maintaining meaningful employment. Supports business owners with implementing accessible hiring practices. Assists employers with transition of job ready clients with disabilities into the workplace. Services include:

  • job coaching
  • work placements
  • industry-specific certifications
  • first Aid/CPR and WHMIS training
  • wage subsidies for job placements 

This program is funded by the Government of Canada through the Opportunities Fund. 

Empowerment Squared Pathways to Employment

Empowerment Squared
162 King William St, Hamilton, ON L8R 3N9, Canada

Provides activities that support job seekers from newcomers and members of Black and marginalized communities with a broad set of employment readiness activities, delivered as both individual coaching and support, and through group seminars.

Topics include:

  • resume and portfolio building
  • interview skills and mock interviews
  • job search guidance
  • preparation for success in the workplace

First Start Cafe

Wesley
350 King St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 3Y3, Canada

Provides kitchen and food training, job opportunities, and development to marginalized youth and adults. Operates a downtown café for Wesley clients, First Place Seniors Residence residents, and community groups from the 3rd floor of the First Place building. Also available for outside catering.

General Pre-Apprenticeship for Youth Program

Career Foundation
110 James St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 2Z2, Canada

Provides employment support for general trades and connects them with industry employers for work placements. This program runs for approximately 30 weeks. Participants are provided with personal protective equipment and a basic tool kit.

GREAT Program

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre
905-548-9593, adavis@hric.ca
34 Ottawa St N, Hamilton, ON L8H 3Y7, Canada

Program provides assistance to Six Nations Band members, in meeting their employment and training objectives by supporting them in obtaining access to employment programs and services.

GROW New Entrant Training Program, Landscape Ontario

Landscape Ontario
1-800-265-5656 ext. 2317, grow@landscapeontario.com
7856 Fifth Line, Milton, ON L9T 2X8, Canada

A six week program teaching skills for use in the landscape and horticulture industry which include: workplace health and safety, lawn and plant maintenance and tools, and landscape construction. Each six week session includes 2 weeks of online training, 2 weeks training on-site in Milton, and a 2 week job placement. Transportation is provided from Hamilton to Milton.

Graduates are placed in entry level positions based on their skills and interests. 

Integrated Employment Services

Agilec
1-800-387-5656, 1-866-533-6339, 905-575-2177, 905-870-3631 (Text only line)
1685 Main St W, Unit 202, Hamilton, ON L8S 1G5, Canada
120 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 4V2, Canada
67 Victoria Ave S, Hamilton, ON L8N 2S8, Canada
1050 Upper Gage Ave, Hamilton, ON L8V 5B7, Canada
225 King William St, Hamilton, ON L8R 1B1, Canada
1550 Upper James St, Hamilton, ON L9B 2L6, Canada
135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton, ON L9C 7V7, Canada
481 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 2Y8, Canada
31 King Street East, Suite 100, Hamilton, ON L8N 1A1
1051 Upper James St, Hamilton, ON L9C 3A6, Canada
155 Queen St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2V6, Canada
427 Dundas St E, Waterdown, ON L0R 2H1, Canada
23 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 1E7, Canada
191 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON L8R 1Y6, Canada

Comprehensive employment and job search services

  • assessment of skills, interests and experience
  • job search strategies, including resume preparation
  • information about careers and occupations, local labour market, employment and training opportunities
  • on-the-job training, work experience
  • help in maintaining employment
  • information and referral to other employment and community services

  • Better Jobs Ontario 

  • skills training and financial support for laid-off workers

  • Services for employers

  • help in identifying human resource skills requirements, matching of workplace needs to workers’ skills, capabilities, interests and experience
  • support for developing on-the-job training plans and monitoring of placements to support retention

  • Canada-Ontario Job Grant

  • financial support for individual employers to purchase training for their employees
  • available to small, medium and large businesses planning to deliver short-term training for existing or new employees

Internationally Educated Nurse Program

Hamilton Health Sciences
905-521-2100 ext. 77511 (Administration), 905-521-2100 ext. 77512 (Project Manager), collinsj@hhsc.ca
1200 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 2A5, Canada

Assists highly skilled internationally trained immigrants (ITIs) gain equivalent work experience in Ontario

  • regulated occupation (for example, nursing, engineering, etc.)
  • non-regulated occupation currently in demand, such as information technology, financial services

    Internationally Educated Nurse Program

  • Nursing Communication Foundation Course, 35-50 hour online course, provided by CARE Centre
  • Physical Assessment and Nursing Skill Sessions at the Learning Resource Centre, Mohawk College
  • Career Progression, Job Coaching, Resume Review, Interview Preparation
  • HHS Job Shadowing

John Howard Society Pre-Apprenticeship Employment Programs

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area
289-442-7418
654 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 3A2, Canada

Offers pre-apprenticeship training and employment programs to anyone who has served a federal or provincial sentence and is interested in a career in the skilled trades. Participants gain marketable employment skills and a paid work placement. 

Funded by The Government of Ontario / Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

John Howard Society Pre-Apprenticeship Employment Programs

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area
289-442-7418 (For the Auto Body Repair and Collision program), 905-977-8071 (For the Welding program)
654 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 3A2, Canada

Pre-apprenticeship training and employment programs are offered in Welding and Auto Body Repair and Collision in in partnership with Mohawk College for those who have served a Federal or Provincial sentence.

Each program is 14 weeks of training followed by 12 weeks of paid work placement.

This program is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

John Howard Society WorkPath Employment Services

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area
365-323-1608, 365-323-4206, reception@jhshamilton.on.ca
654 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 3A2, Canada

WorkPath Employment Services provides a range of pre-employment supports and employment placement services for individuals who have been incarcerated provincially or federally, and those who are currently involved, or are at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system. Supports are provided to individuals and employers specific to the manufacturing sector.

WorkPath Employment services provides supports for all aspects of the job search:

  • career exploration
  • labour market research
  • goal setting
  • resume preparation
  • interview skills
  • employer expectations
  • employee rights
  • job development and placement

This program is funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

Life Navigation Services, Hamilton Jewish Family Services

Hamilton Jewish Family Services
905-627-9922, info@hamiltonjfs.ca
30 King St E, Dundas, ON L9H 1B8, Canada

Offers a variety of services meant to support anyone navigating challenging life situations or circumstances.

Services include:

  • Career counselling: Access help with resumes, networking, career change, and more.
  • Assistance accessing community services: Includes accessing benefits, filling out forms, and more.
  • Caregiver support group: Offers support for caregivers to help reduce feelings of isolation.
  • Monthly educational workshops: Hamilton Jewish Family Services hosts workshops and guest speakers on a variety of topics.

Mentoring for Change

Skills for Change
182 Rebecca St, Hamilton, ON L8R 1C1, Canada

A mentorship program that matches internationally educated professionals with industry-specific mentors to assist in their settlement process, language skills development, entrepreneurship guidance, and search for employment.

Mentors meet with their mentees one hour each week for up to four months.

Mohawk College Centre for Aviation Technology

Mohawk College
905-575-1212 ext. 2151
9300 Airport Rd, Mount Hope, ON L0R 1W0, Canada

Centre for Aviation Technology located at Hamilton International Airport.  Student capacity is limited to 350 people.  One of several permanent training sites through Mohawk College.  Offering the following programs:

  • Aviation Technician – Aircraft Structures (289)
  • Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance (269)
  • Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance (299)

  • Features include:

  • Only Boeing 737 NG Virtual Maintenance Training system in a Canadian College
  • Separate permanent turbine and piston engine labs
  • Outside space for operational planes (including Boeing 727)
  • Hangar space for 20 static aircraft (including an Ornge Sikorski helicopter, Falcon corporate jet)

Mohawk College Workplace Preparation Program

Mohawk College
575-1212 ext. 3092, learnenglish@mohawkcollege.ca
135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton, ON L9C 7V7, Canada

A free program designed for Internationally Trained Professionals. Offered to qualified newcomers that have considerable background and experience from their country but have not yet worked in their field in Canada.  The Workplace Preparation Program (ELT) prepares individuals to work in their field through 12 weeks of language training related to:

  • networking
  • resume, cover letter and interview preparation
  • workplace communication and cultural practices

Newcomer Settlement Program

YMCA of Hamilton Burlington and Brantford
905-526-7282, 905-526-8452, immigrant.settlement@ymcahbb.ca
25 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6, Canada

Provides support to newcomers to settle into their life in Canada and connect with their local community.

Services include:

  • Completing forms and documents
  • Personal and family settlement process
  • Immigration and legal issues
  • Canadian life and culture
  • Employment and education
  • Licensing and accreditation
  • Interpretation and translation
  • Information, advisement and support
  • Access to programs and services

Program funding provided the Government of Ontario, Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.

Ontario Bridge Training Program

Career Foundation
110 James St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 2Z2, Canada

Offers sector-specific bridging programs that will support highly skilled internationally trained immigrants (ITIs) integrate into the Canadian workforce. These programs are focused on helping ITIs get employment in the field in which they possess prior training and experience. Industries include HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), IT (Information Technology), and Network Cabling.

Participants will receive: 

  • Job development: job leads, connections to employers, and work placement
  • Industry-specific training on workplace communication, pre-employment coaching, and technical skills training
  • Relevant certifications
  • One-on-one job search and job coaching support

This program is funded by the Ministry of Labor, Training, and Skills Development. 

Ontario Disability Employment Supports Program

Goodwill, The Amity Group
905-526-8482 ext. 2307, 905-526-9876, sszilagyi@goodwillonline.ca
225 King William St, Hamilton, ON L8R 1B1, Canada

Provides training, job placement programs, and other career development services for people with disabilities.

Ontario Works Employment Benefits and Services

Ontario Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services
1-855-999-8729, 905-546-4800, OntarioWorks@hamilton.ca
250 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 1H6, Canada
1550 Upper James St, Hamilton, ON L9B 2L6, Canada

Ontario provincial program that provides temporary financial and employment assistance for people who are in financial need.

Assistance Includes:

  • walk-in job search centre
  • access to computers, Internet, social media, laster printer, scanner, photocopier, telephone
  • career planning
  • workshops and assistance with resumes and interview skills
  • resource materials, job banks, labour marked information
  • referrals for education and upgrading, work and volunteer placements, self-employment and entrepreneurship
  • employer hotline

Options Emploi Collège Boréal Services

Options Emploi Collège Boréal
1-800-361-6673 ext. 7350, 905-544-9824 ext. 7306, optionsemploi@collegeboreal.ca
120 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 4V2, Canada

General:

  • Comprehensive employment and job search services including assessment of skills, interests and experience.
  • Job search strategies, including resume preparation. 
  • Information about careers and occupations, local labour market, employment and training opportunities.
  • On-the-job training, work experience.
  • Help in maintaining employment. 
  • Information and referral to other employment and community services. 

    Second Career Program

  • Skills training and financial support for laid-off workers.

    Youth Job Connection:

  • Paid pre-employment training.  
  • Job matching. 
  • Paid job placements with placement supports for participants and hiring incentives for employers. 
  • Mentorship. 
  • Education and work transitions supports.

    Youth Job Connection Summer:

  • Summer job opportunities and part-time job placements during the year.

    Services For Employers:  

  • Help in identifying human resource skills requirements. 
  • Matching of workplace needs to workers’ skills, capabilities, interests and experience. 
  • Support for developing on-the-job training plans and monitoring of placements to support retention.

    Canada-Ontario Job Grant:

  • Financial support for individual employers to purchase training for their employees.
  • Available to small, medium and large businesses planning to deliver short-term training for existing or new employees.

Rock Employment Programs

Living Rock Ministries
905-528-7625, mail@livingrock.ca
30 Wilson St, Hamilton, ON L8R 1C5, Canada

Rock Experience Program (R.E.P.), an educational and employment program for youth ages 16 to 25 who have been in contact with the criminal justice system.

TRI-ROCK, funded by Service Canada, is an 18 week paid employment readiness/training program that is done in 2 phases. Phase I is 8 weeks long and takes place on-site at The Living Rock where youth receive a combination of practical work experience and employment readiness skills development. For Phase II, youth are placed with an employer for 10 weeks where they gain valuable job experience.

Rock Resources includes work experience, on-site coaching and employment readiness training.

Skills for Change Employment Programs

Skills for Change
182 Rebecca St, Hamilton, ON L8R 1C1, Canada

Provides a variety of services to newcomers, immigrants, and refugees to help them in finding a job in Ontario.

Services include:

  • job search assistance
  • job matching and placements
  • mentoring
  • professional development courses and skills training
  • resume review services
  • information and referral

Skills for Change Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

Skills for Change
182 Rebecca St, Hamilton, ON L8R 1C1, Canada

Prepares participants for employment in the skilled trades. These programs support skills building, learning, and employment opportunities in horticulture, welding, and automotive service. 

Strategic Training and Employment Program for Youth

YWCA Hamilton
365-599-9235, 365-659-4026, lsiino@ywcahamilton.org
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

Offers training opportunities and employment support for young women and non-binary youth.  

Services include:

  • Up to 6 weeks of one-to-one job preparation support
  • Up to 14 weeks paid job placement
  • Additional supports for retaining employment
  • Occupational Therapy support as required

  • Certifications may include: 

  • Life Skills
  • Employability Skills
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Health and Safety
  • Smart Serve
  • Safe Food Handling

This program also offers electrical and general machinist apprenticeships, in partnership with Niagara College. 

Threshold School of Building Ready to Work Program

Threshold School of Building
905-522-8686, info@tsob.ca
110 Catharine St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1J4, Canada

A 12 week program to teach construction skill to youth-at-risk. The program provides renovation and construction services to local charities, non-profit groups, and neighbourhood associations.

  • Hands-on workshops in Carpentry, Electrical, Drywall and Plumbing
  • On-site work experience at a Threshold community building project
  • Safety training including Emergency First Aid and Working at Heights
  • Employment seminars
  • Construction math workshops
  • Personal Protective Equipment, tool belts and hand tools supplied

Trades Gateway Program

Immigrants Working Centre
905-529-5209 ext. 232, akelly@iwchamilton.ca
8 Main St E, Suite 101, Hamilton, ON L8N 1E8, Canada

Provides fast tracked customized training and jobs in the skilled trades for experienced and entry level trades people.  Trades include:

  • General Construction
  • Brick Laying
  • Trade Calculation
  • Machine Operator
  • Mechanic

Uplift Program

YWCA Hamilton
905-522-9922 (YWCA Hamilton), scummings@ywcahamilton.org
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

Provides women and non-binary people with the opportunity to reskill or upskill in advanced manufacturing or data science through certification training and additional supports related to navigating non-traditional workplaces and job development. All training expenses are covered by FedDev Ontario, and paid by YWCA Hamilton.

Women’s Enterprise Centre

YWCA Hamilton
905-522-9922 ext. 114, info@ywcahamilton.org
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

Offers employment support for women. Services include:

  • one-on-one coaching
  • business plan mentoring
  • employment resources

WorkLINK

Immigrants Working Centre
905-529-5209 ext. 223, jswcounsellor@iwchamilton.ca
8 Main St E, Suite 101, Hamilton, ON L8N 1E8, Canada

A 6 to 8-week program to help newcomers improve their English and prepare for the workplace.  Services include:

  • Step-by-step training from qualified and professional staff
  • Industry-specific terminology to help navigate the workforce
  • Certifications and workplace preparation for specific industries

YWCA Hamilton Employment Resource Centre Services

YWCA Hamilton
905-719-1474, info@ywcahamilton.org
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

Offers free training sessions and skill upgrading opportunities to assist participants in finding employment.

Services include:

  • Computer and internet access
  • Phone, photocopying and faxing services
  • Job search information and resources
  • One-on-one resume, cover letter, and portfolio building
  • Assistance with labour market research and post-secondary resources
  • Mock interview and follow-up techniques
  • Access to career resources (Career Cruising and Scott’s Business Directories)

  • Training sessions include:

  • Financial literacy
  • Job search techniques
  • Basic computer skills
  • Resume and cover letter writing 
  • WHMIS Certification
  • Smart Serve Certification
  • Safe Food Handling Certification

YWCA Hamilton Opportunities Program

YWCA Hamilton
289-527-4066 (Rebecka Mitchell), 365-324-2361 (Amanda Allen), aallen@ywcahamilton.org
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

Offers support for persons with self-disclosed disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment.  Includes one-on-one, group coaching and work placements. 

YWCA Hamilton Pre-Apprenticeship Program

YWCA Hamilton
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

Offers support for women to help secure employment in the skilled trades industry.  Provides participants with technical training and job coaching with specific regard to machinist and electrical work. 

Successful participants will receive:

  • Job readiness training
  • Up to 16 weeks of in-school training
  • 8-week work placement