Fo­cus on In­cen­tive Pro­grams

The Goderich Signal-Star - - Opinion - SUB­MIT­TED BY HAY­LEY LIN­FIELD

Our min­i­mum wage earn­ers are thank­ful that their rate of pay has in­creased this year to $14 an hour, a much­needed in­crease when you do the math and re­al­ize that work­ing full time at that wage makes an an­nual in­come of less than $30,000 per year. At the same time, while large em­ploy­ers are fairly eas­ily able to ab­sorb the in­creased cost of labour, our lo­cal small em­ploy­ers who do so much to cre­ate the depth and fab­ric of our com­mu­nity, are less able to han­dle the in­crease.

There are sev­eral pro­grams that run out of the Cen­tres for Em­ploy­ment & Learn­ing of Huron County that can help lo­cal busi­nesses off­set some of these in­creased costs. While the Cen­tres for Em­ploy­ment & Learn­ing in Goderich, Clin­ton, Seaforth, Ex­eter, and Wing­ham are al­ways avail­able to as­sist with job post­ings or job match­ing ser­vices, there are also sev­eral fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives that em­ploy­ers can take ad­van­tage of.

In Jan­uary 2018, the On­tario gov­ern­ment un­rolled a new in­cen­tive pro­gram: the Em­ploy­ing Young Tal­ent In­cen­tive (EYTI).

This pro­gram pro­vides $2000 to an em­ployer who hires a pre­vi­ously un­em­ployed youth (ages 15-29) who is reg­is­tered with one of our Cen­tres.

The em­ployer must pro­vide a min­i­mum av­er­age of 20 hours of work per week in or­der to re­ceive the first $1000.00 as a hir­ing in­cen­tive, and an ad­di­tional $1000.00 in six months if the youth is still em­ployed. Be­sides help­ing small busi­nesses off­set their train­ing and labour costs, this pro­gram also as­sists youth in be­com­ing a part of the ac­tive econ­omy. Em­ploy­ers must hold Worker Health and Safety in­surance and have a valid CRA num­ber to be el­i­gi­ble.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the EYTI is ex­tremely smooth, with very min­i­mal pa­per­work and ef­fort on the em­ployer’s part.

The EYTI takes its place be­side one of our most pop­u­lar pro­grams, the Job Match­ing Place­ment & In­cen­tive Pro­gram (JMPI). Un­like the EYTI which fo­cuses on em­ploy­ing youth, the JMPI pro­vides a fi­nan­cial in­cen­tive for train­ing costs as­so­ci­ated with tak­ing on a pre­vi­ously un­em­ployed in­di­vid­ual of any age, pro­vided they are a reg­is­tered client with one of the Cen­tres for Em­ploy­ment & Learn­ing in Huron County.

The wage in­cen­tive is flex­i­ble in both du­ra­tion and cost, based on the learn­ing curve of the job and train­ing needs of the em­ployee.

An­other fi­nan­cial in­cen­tive of­fered to lo­cal busi­nesses is the Ap­pren­tice­ship Sign­ing Bonus. This in­cen­tive, like the EYTI, pro­vides em­ploy­ers with $2000 to off­set train­ing costs.

The first $1000 is paid when an em­ployer signs on an ap­pren­tice with the Min­istry of Train­ing, Col­leges, and Univer­si­ties, and the sec­ond $1000.00 is paid af­ter six months if the new ap­pren­tice is still em­ployed.

Small busi­nesses need to be en­cour­aged and de­vel­oped. In a beau­ti­fully writ­ten ar­ti­cle by Devra Garten­stein in Chron Mag­a­zine, small busi­nesses are “rooted in the land­scape where they grow, and they give back vi­tal­ity and sus­te­nance.”

The above in­cen­tive pro­grams are de­signed to give back to small busi­nesses in a small way. Come in to a Cen­tre for Em­ploy­ment & Learn­ing near you to learn more about the EYTI, or about other ways we can help lo­cal busi­nesses.

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