Ontario is seeking public input to help make workplaces fairer for workers in industries that currently have exemptions, special rules or exclusions.
Starting today, people across the province can have their say on important decisions related to employment standards such as wages, hours of work and public holidays. The first phase of consultations focuses on eight occupations currently exempt from minimum employment standards:
- Domestic Workers
- IT Professionals
- Managerial and Supervisory Employees
- Residential Building Superintendents, Janitors and Caretakers
- Residential Care Workers
Ontario is also reviewing rights under the Labour Relations Act for domestic workers.
This public consultation forms part of the Ministry of Labour’s broader review of Employment Standards Act (ESA) special rules and exemptions, as well as Labour Relations Act (LRA) exclusions. It is part of Ontario’s plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs, which includes raising the minimum wage, ensuring part-time workers are paid the same hourly wage as full-time workers, introducing paid sick days for every worker and stepping up enforcement of employment laws
To share your ideas on how to make workplaces fairer, go online by December 1, 2017.
Huron County offers many employment opportunities, whether you are working in agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, skilled trades, healthcare, or education. Employers offer job opportunities in several growth sectors including agri-business, renewable energy, education, healthcare, and skilled trades. The healthcare and education sectors are two of our larger employers. Workers are always in demand as Huron County’s unemployment rate is consistently one of the lowest in Canada. At the same time, the region’s economy continues to create jobs. Professions with the highest rate of job growth in Huron County include:
- agricultural services
- professional, scientific and technical services
If you’ve been considering working for yourself and starting your own business, Huron County is the place for that as well. In Huron County, 1 out of 5 people are self-employed and small business is a major component of Huron’s economy.
Huron County holds many job opportunities for skilled, qualified workers. There are many ways to find work, depending on your skill set, education, training, and employment objective. Local and national employment websites are a great starting point for a job search. As well, local newspapers, and business, industry, or trade websites are useful job hunting resources. Contacting a potential employer and inquiring about current job vacancies sometimes proves fruitful. Asking friends and neighbours which business might be hiring is another easy means.
Employment agencies can assist in your job search too. Staffing and Temporary Employment Agencies may act as a screening representative for companies who are hiring permanently; they also offer temporary job opportunities. Temp agencies post jobs on their websites, advertise in local newspapers, and use other job boards to list opportunities. We suggest searching the Huron County business directory to find a nearby employment agency.
Huron County employment opportunities are posted or advertised in a variety of places.
Check out job advertisements in our local newspapers:
- The Blyth Citizen
- The Clinton News-Record
- The Exeter Times-Advocate
- The Goderich Signal-Star
- The Huron Expositor
- The Lakeshore Advance
- The Lucknow Sentinel
- The Wingham Advance-Times
- Check out various industry websites or publications
- Many local employers will post job openings on their websites. Occasionally approaching potential employers directly has proven to be an effective means to finding an employment opportunity.
- Job opening notices will appear on bulletin boards at churches, recreation centres, and grocery stores, or in business storefront windows.
- The Centres for Employment and Learning post current job openings on their bulletin boards
- EmployerOne Survey Observations Report – March 2015
Job Search Websites
Many job search websites list jobs in Ontario or Canada. You can also ask friends, family, employment counsellors, or others who work in your profession or trade to suggest useful job listing websites. Below you will find a listing of just a small number of useful job search sites.
- Make Huron Home – Job Bank
- Service Canada – Job Bank
- Indeed.ca – You can search by job title and location. Postings come from hundreds of job boards, newspaper classifieds, and company websites.
- Workopolis – This very popular site has job listings from the Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star.
- Wow Jobs – This database searches many of the top jobs sites and lists them in first place.
Industry-Specific Websites: Your trade, industry, business, or profession will probably have a union or industry-specific website. We would suggest a general online search to begin with. A visit to your local library or contacting a post-secondary institution and asking about professional associations or organizations might help as well. Below are a few websites for specific professions: education, government, and healthcare.
- Education Employment Opportunities in Ontario – Search for jobs in the education sector.
- Government of Ontario Jobs – The official job site for the provincial government.
- Health Careers – Look for a job within the southwestern Ontario healthcare sector.
Job Listing Websites for Youth:
Creating work - self-employment
Before you work
Before you work, potential employers in Huron County will need:
- English language skills: Most jobs in Huron County require the ability to speak English. There are English as a Second Language programs that offer training in reading, writing, and speaking English. Visit a Huron County Centre for Employment and Learning for details.
- Your Social Insurance Number (SIN): When Ontario employers offer someone a job, they ask to see a Social Insurance Number (SIN card). If you are an immigrant, you will also need to show your new employer a Canadian status document. The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits. A Canadian status document can be a Canadian birth certificate, or a Permanent Resident Card, or a Citizenship Card, or a Work permit, or a study permit. To apply for a SIN card, visit the Service Canada Centre in Goderich or call 1.800.622.6232 for more information. Your SIN is private and confidential and should not be shared with anyone but your employer and certain government agencies.
- Your Resume: Many employers in Huron County ask for a resume along with a job application. A resume is a summary of work experience, skills and education. Working: Canadian Style and Working in Ontario are guides to help get newcomers get ready to find a job, keep a job and plan their career. The Centres for Employment and Learning throughout Huron offer resume writing assistance. See the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities for resume writing information.
- Employment Equity Act Online source of consolidated Acts and regulations of Canada.
- Employment Standards The Employment Standards Act (ESA) is a law that sets minimum standards for workplaces in Ontario.
- Minimum wage Minimum wage is the lowest wage rate an employer can pay an employee. Most employees are eligible for minimum wage, whether they are full-time, part-time or casual employees; or are paid an hourly rate, commission, piece rate, flat rate or salary.
- Ontario Human Rights Commission The Ontario Human Rights Code protects people in Ontario against discrimination in employment, accommodation, goods, services and facilities, and membership in vocational associations and trade unions.
- Ontario Ministry of Labour The Ontario Ministry of Labour was created in 1919 to develop and enforce labour legislation. The Ministry of Labour’s mission is to advance safe, fair and harmonious workplace practices that are essential to the social and economic well-being of the people of Ontario.
- Workplace Safety and Insurance Board The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) promotes workplace health and safety, and provides a workers’ compensation system for the employers and workers of Ontario.
Companies in Huron County recruit seasonal workers from outside Canada under Service Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker program. The link below provides more information on this area:
Job Search Resources
In Huron, there are many resources available to help you with your job search. The Centres for Employment and Learning situated throughout Huron County are a great place to begin your job hunt. The centres provide:
- Service Canada Job Bank access
- Public Access Computers
- Resume/Cover Letter Wizard
- Job Search
- Research Career, Education, and Labour Market
- Public Access telephone for Employment & Education
- Daily and Weekly Newspapers
- Job Ads
- Educational Resources (information on Universities, Colleges and Local Training)
- Fax, Photocopy, and Printing Services
For more information about any of the above resources, visit or contact the Centre for Employment and Learning nearest you:
- The Centre for Employment & Learning – Clinton, 60 Mary Street, Phone: 519.482.1700
- The Centre for Employment & Learning – Exeter, 349 Main Street, Phone: 519.235.0471
- The Centre for Employment & Learning – Goderich, 52 East Street, Phone: 519.524.2515
- The Centre for Employment & Learning – Seaforth, 138 Main Street, South, Phone: 519.527.0305
- The Centre for Employment & Learning – Wingham, 152 Josephine Street, Phone: 519.357.4995
Employment Services: Conestoga College Career Centres offer a range of resources, supports and services to respond to the career and employment needs of individuals including:
- Job search assistance and resources
- One-to-one, small group workshops, on-line and print resources, information and referrals
- Training information, Second Career applications and referral to the Self Employment Benefit program, and apprenticeship scholarship and employer signing bonus information
- Funding options may be available to assist with training
Partners in Employment: Partners in Employment is a not-for-profit organization that assists persons with disabilities (Ontario Disability Support Program) in Huron County to find and keep employment. Through the Centre for Employment and Learning offices in Huron, Partners in Employment offers a one-on-one job search service throughout the area.
Labour Market Trends
Ontario Job Futures: Ontario Job Futures provides information on the current trends and future outlook for 163 occupations common to Ontario.
Working in Canada Tool: The Working in Canada Tool provides labour market information include job titles and duties, skill requirements, and wage rates for any location in Canada.
To find accreditation assistance, we recommend contacting one of the following agencies:
- Access Centre for Regulated Employment
- Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
- E-Learn Network (also known as Contact North) in Exeter provides accreditation assistance for Huron County residents
- Foreign Credentials Referral Office
- Global Experience Ontario
- International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
- World Education Services