Access resources to find your next hire, connect with local industry associations, learn more about government programs, and support your journey as an entrepreneur or employer.

What does it mean to be an Employer of Choice?

An Employer of Choice is a company people want to work for. Employers of Choice are defined by strong leadership, opportunities for growth, competitive wages, engaged workers, meaningful work, and an attractive company culture.

To learn more, check out the toolkit our neighbours in Perth County created: Workforce Attraction and Retention Toolkit (WARET). 


Centre for Employment & Learning

The Centre for Employment & Learning is here to connect you with the local job seekers and resources you need to achieve your hiring goals! With office locations in Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Seaforth, and Wingham, local employment service providers are ready and waiting to support your recruitment, hiring and retention needs.

Learn more about their available resources here. 

Partners in Employment

With offices in Exeter and Goderich, Partners in Employment works to match individual talents and skills to employers’ recruitment needs by providing the help and training each individual needs to make them ready for their opportunity.

Get started with their services here. 

Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College has regional sites in Huron and Bruce County, and offers funded programs to both employers and job seekers.

Learn more about current funded programs here.

Host a Placement as an Employer
Are you an employer or business seeking talented individuals to join your team? Rapid skill programs provide trade-specific training through both classroom and lab-based environments. During the placement period, skilled trades participants have the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice and gain valuable real-world experience. The placement period typically ranges from a few weeks to several months.

Reach our about opportunities here. 

Resource Spotlight: What is Decent Work?

Decent Work includes: fair wages (Living Wage), permanent/stable employment, safe working conditions, and equitable treatment. Besides improving worker quality of life, it builds stronger organizations.

Huron County Economic Development and the United Way brought four local employers together to share successful work practices, ideas and tools to try out.


Huron Manufacturing association

The Huron Manufacturing Association (HMA) is a strong voice for manufacturing through promotion of education, networking, and celebrating the achievements of its membership. In recent years, HMA has given special focus to workforce related initiatives.


Huron County Federation of Agriculture

The Huron County Federation of Agriculture (HCFA) works in an advocacy role on behalf of 2,000 farm family members. Along with Commodity partners in Huron, and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, they are constantly working for a profitable and sustainable future for farm families.


technical Training Group

The Technical Training Group’s area of specialty is technical and skilled trades training. Our programming, with its experienced, professional instructors, safe learning environment and industry standard facilities, gives residents in Perth and Huron County  access to quality in-demand training and industry access to the skilled workers they need to maintain or grow their business.


Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeship is paid postsecondary education to learn a skilled trade. Hosting a youth apprentice is a great way to support skilled, enthusiastic students – and potential future employees! It can help increase awareness of your company within the community – at no cost to you as an employer.

Learn more about the OYAP program by visiting their website here.

Business Grants and Financing Opportunities

Find information on available grants, loans, private and public sector financing and leveraging personal assets here. 

Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) provides opportunities for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.

The COJG provides direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their employees. It is available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees.

Learn more about the application process here. 

Government Funding Programs and Grants

Explore funding opportunities  (also known as grants and contributions) to help you fund projects that support jobs, training, or social development in Canada.

Search for available programs and grants here. 

Ontario Job Creation Partnership

The Ontario Job Creation Partnerships (OJCP) program provides funding to eligible employers (also known as sponsors) that support projects while creating opportunities to eligible job seekers (also known as participants) to gain meaningful work experiences.

Learn more about how to apply to fund your project here. 

Learn About The Labour Market

Current labour market reports offer you another way to look at job trends in Ontario. Using Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey, these reports include things like:

  • provincial unemployment rate
  • cities with highest and lowest unemployment rates
  • job change by occupation

Explore The Labour Market By Region

View labour market information about five Ontario regions. You’ll find information about:

  • which jobs are currently in demand in each region
  • which jobs are expected to remain in demand for the next five years in each region

Four County Labour Market Planning Board

The Board accomplishes its mandate by working collaboratively with business, workforce and community organizations to plan and initiate projects and programs that address the specific needs of workforce development in Bruce, Grey, Huron and Perth counties.


Starting a Business

From choosing a business structure to registering your business, applying for permits and learning bookkeeping best practices, these government resources will support your journey to becoming an entrepreneur. 

Huron Business Centre

Huron County’s Small Business Enterprise Centre is here to support any stage of your business, from start up, to growth, to selling. Book free consultations, find workshops and networking events, grant opportunities and more. 

Employment Services

Our local Employment Service providers offer a range of resources to respond to the skilled labour needs of employers. Find recruitment, hiring, and retention support with one of several service providers in the region.

Community Futures Huron

CFHuron has been helping entrepreneurs make their futures in Huron County since 1993. They provide management counselling, business plan support, business loans, and support for community projects that strengthen the local economy.