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Employment Services

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St. Clair College Employment Centre – Provincial Government (Ontario)

Looking for a job? St. Clair College Employment Centre can help by providing personalized job search assistance, connections to local employers, resume help and techniques for an effective job search, information about different careers and occupations, local labour market information and resources, employment and training opportunities, information about all Employment Ontario programs and services, and advice about and referral to other community services and support.


Employment Resource Centre – Municipal Government (Chatham-Kent)

The advisors at the Chatham-Kent Resource Centres can help with resumes, cover letters, interview skills, job search techniques and more! Both Employment Resource Centre locations (in Chatham and in Wallaceburg) offer job search resources, leads, and information on area employers; free use of computers with high-speed internet, printers, copiers, scanners, and fax machines; help with resumes, cover letters, online applications, and interview strategies; assistance in finding employment, networking, and education programs; resources for career exploration, and training opportunities, guidance sourcing labour market information; and business start -up information, and employer/employee legislation information.


Goodwill Career Centre – Provincial Government (Ontario)

The Goodwill Career Centre is a free access job seeker resource and information centre provided for the purposes of seeking employment. The Goodwill Career Centre offers: access to technology, use of printed reference material, a variety of workshops (including resume and cover letter writing, interview techniques, networking, career exploration, finding success in the workplace, workplace orientation and safety, experienced worker, and Job Finding Club networking and learning activities), and personal assistance to help guide you down your path to success.


Community Job Board – Municipal Government (Chatham-Kent)

Provides a full listing of current full-time and part-time employment opportunities available from a variety of employers within the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.


Contact North Online Learning

Get your degree, diploma or certificate, or upgrade your skills online, from Ontario’s colleges, universities, school boards and literacy and basic skills and training providers.


Municipality of Chatham-Kent Community Calendar – Municipal Government (Chatham-Kent)

Provides a listing of current events within the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.


Your Career Starts Here – Job Bank – Federal Government (Canada)

This Government of Canada website provides job postings in Canada.


How Do I Get a Job? – Federal Government (Canada)

Researching your occupation will help you learn about job opportunities and find the one that is right for you. Look at yourself in a new way through the Explore Careers section. This Government of Canada website provides you with helpful information on how to search for a job, how to apply for a job, and how to prepare for an interview. Information on Programs and Services, and Job Market Trends, is also provided for your use.


Service Canada – Federal Government (Canada)

Service Canada provides Canadians with a single point of access to a wide range of government services and benefits. Service Canada is committed to improving services for Canadians by working with partners to provide access to the full range of government services and benefits that Canadians want and need, through the Internet, by telephone, in person or by mail.


Get Help Finding a Youth or Student Job – Provincial Government (Ontario)

If you’re a young person or student looking for a job, you can get help through these Ontario programs – regardless of your background or circumstances.


Employment Ontario – Provincial Government (Ontario)

Employment Ontario can help you get training, build skills or find a job. Employment Ontario connects people looking for work with employers looking for workers.


Ontario Works – Chatham-Kent

Employment and Social Services offers employment support for all Ontario Works clients who are ready to refresh their skills and return to the workforce. Ontario Works Case Managers will work with you to help you prepare for and find work by providing support, advice, and links to education and community programs.


St. Clair College Student Services

The St. Clair College Student Services provides assistance to St. Clair College Students seeking employment. Resources and information are available on employment-related topics including resumes and cover letters, job applications, interview skills, and job search techniques. Workshops and resume clinics are scheduled throughout the academic year to provide students with the techniques needed to successfully market job skills in today’s competitive labour market.


Ontario Disability Support Program – Provincial Government (Ontario)

The Ontario Disability Support Program offers Income support and Employment supports. The Employment supports include services and supports to help clients with disabilities find and keep a job, and advance their careers.


How To Write a Resume

This website has help and samples for cover letter writing, and resume writing, tools to find a job and interview tips and tools.



Community Resources

Community Futures Development Corporation of Chatham-Kent (CFDCCK)
Community Economic Development (CED) Special Project Funding Program

This Community Economic Development (CED) Program is known for “Working With our Community, For our Community”
And you are here !

  • Program is aimed at not-for-profit organizations.
  • Provides partial funding for joint projects that encourage economic opportunity in Chatham-Kent.

Our Community Futures application permits you to use a limited amount of “In Kind” resources to calculate the value of your project.

Learn more about our Program and download a PDF version of our Application ! Special Project Funding Application CRA Compliant 2016 PDF Version.

To download a Word version of our Application, please click on this link ! Special Project Funding Application CRA Compliant 2016 WORD Version.

Chatham Kent Community Foundation

Application deadlines are March 31 and September 30

The Board of Directors of the Chatham Kent Community Foundation application guidelines are highlighted as follows:

  • The Foundation supports registered charitable organizations concerned with education, health, arts and culture, recreation, environment and human services and which operate for the benefit of residents of the Chatham-Kent community.
  • Grants may only be paid out to organizations having a charitable number. Organizations seeking funds must demonstrate a strong governance structure, fiscal responsibility and management capability.
  • Preference is given to projects that:
    1. Encourage more efficient use of community resources
    2. Are aimed at developing, testing and implementing new approaches and solutions to community problems
    3. Are developed collaboratively with other organizations or groups to promote co-ordination, co-operation and the elimination of duplicated services
    4. Promote volunteer participation and citizen engagement
    5. Increase organizational and community capacity building.

For more information, visit this link.

2018 Rural Ontario Summit – Provincial Government (Ontario)

This website explains the initiatives and programs that are available.

For more information, visit this link.

Telus Community Grants

There is no application deadline.

Telus gives where they live, to improve the lives of youth and their communities through the power of technology.

How it works:

Telus Community Action Teams serve areas outside the Telus major centers that have Community Boards, contributing thousands of dollars to hundreds of Canadian registered charities.
Telus Community Action Teams will consider requests for funding up to $ 5,000.00.

A few things you should know:

  • Charities must registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as a Canadian registered charity or qualified donee to apply for funding;
  • Operating and capital costs directly associated with program delivery are eligible for support, including salaries or space dedicated to a program. Ineligible operating costs are those which support the charity as a whole including utilities and overhead salaries;
  • Community foundations are eligible for funding only if a specific program managed by the foundation fits within existing funding guidelines. Support for a capital campaign or general donation is outside of funding guidelines and therefore ineligible;
  • Charities can apply once a year in each city and Telus only considers single-year requests;
  • Charities can apply for a second consecutive year of funding if: the evaluation report received by Telus, shows exemplary results of how previous funding was used, there is a new component to the program that will enhance or expand its scope and the charity agrees to seek other funding to make the program sustainable, or the request is to support an entirely different program than what was funded previously;
  • Funding for capital investments must directly support youth and involve technology and/or social innovation.

Organizations and programs that would be considered ineligible for a Community Action Team donation:

  • Religious or sectarian organizations (except where they represent non-denominational community and social support services), advocacy and special interest groups;
  • In-kind donations such as local or long-distance telephone services, or requests for reduced rated on telecommunication rates or services;
  • Retroactive requests or events and activities that take place outside of Canada;
  • Funding for individuals or competitive sports teams, goodwill advertising, travel expenses, field trips, tours, ticket purchases, funding to attend conferences or seminars, workshops, or beauty pageants.

For more information, visit this link.


Suncor supports non-profit activities and events through sponsorships and non-charitable donations: financial assistance, in-kind contributions, product donations and event sponsorships.

Suncor accepts only online applications for funding.

To help communities achieve greater sustainability, Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF) prefers to partner with organizations who align with the following funding priorites:

  • Strengthen communities of interest by cultivating community leaders
  • Support building skills and knowledge for the current and future workforce
  • Foster the ability to think creatively through inspiring innovation
  • Build employee and volunteer capability by engaging citizens in community activities
  • Actively engage employees and communities in collaborating for our energy future.
  • Are in communities where Suncor lives and works.

Registered charitable organizations, or community or non-profit organizations that are not registered charitable organizations, may be eligible for funding if they fall within the Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF) funding priorities.

For more information, visit this link.

The Keg (Steakhouse) Spirit Foundation

There is no deadline.

The Keg Spirit Foundation will consider funding for both new and established projects based on the following criteria:

  • The organization must hold, in good standing, a current charity registration number.
  • The project must relate to children or youth in some way.
  • The program should contain a mentoring component.

Each year, The Keg Spirit Foundation will make grants to successful applicants. Grants are typically in the range of $2,000 to $5,000. The application process consists of two-stages: an initial Letter of Interest, which if invited, is followed by a full proposal.

The initial Letter of Interest must be limited to one page and should include:

  • A description of the organization and indication of competence in the area of this proposal.
  • An outline of the project including: a) Who it will benefit b) Design of the project c) Outcomes expected.
  • A brief (2 or 3 lines) overview of your budget, income sources, and expenses for this project.

Letters of Interest may be submitted throughout the calendar year and are reviewed on an ongoing basis. If an organization is chosen for further consideration, they will be invited to submit a full proposal that will consist of a more detailed application. Please note that funding decisions are traditionally made in the first quarter of the year based on the prior year’s proposals.

The Keg Spirit Foundation does not award grants to:

  1. Individuals
  2. Projects outside of our market areas
  3. Reduction of deficits
  4. Religious or political causes
  5. Sponsorships
  6. Conferences
  7. Memberships

All applications are to be sent to The Keg Spirit Foundation at the address below. Please note that they request complete written information, as they will evaluate all proposals based on the information provided. Respectfully, they request that correspondence be via mail or fax.

The Keg Spirit Foundation – Review Committee
Keg Restaurants Ltd.
10100 Shellbridge Way
Richmond, B.C. V6X 2W7
Fax: (403) 670-8839

For more information, visit this link.

Birks Family Foundation

The Foundation makes grants only to registered charities in Canada. It does not give money to individuals.

The Foundation continues to uphold long-held family traditions by principally funding:

  • Organizations either primarily focused on Quebec, or those whose work is broadly national in nature;
  • Public sector organizations, including universities, hospitals, libraries and museums;
  • Projects that demonstrate unique innovation in their field and/or pioneer state-of-the-art technology;
  • Long range projects designed to become self-sustaining; and>
  • Organizations that actively engage directly with their target group through programs and/or services.

Applying should be made by e-mail outlining the following:

  • Name and mission of your organization;
  • Registered Canadian charity number;
  • Brief description of your project and its expected outcomes; and
  • Budget for your project, with anticipated expenses and sources of funds.

The Foundation reviews every application and may require additional information. Due to the volume of requests, submissions should be made at least 6 months in advance of the need for funds. Form letters, multiple solicitations, and proposals sent by facsimile are not accepted.

For more information, visit this link.

Government Services

Municipal Government (Chatham-Kent)

Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s official website

Website features lots of local links and information on the local economy. Use the “Search” feature to find your information quickly.


Provincial Government (Ontario)

Ontario – Business and economy

Offers information about Ontario’s economy, and how to do business in our Province.


Federal Government (Canada)

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)
This Agency was renewed with an additional five-year mandate, beginning in April 2014, to help create, retain and grow businesses, cultivate partnerships and build strong communities across southern Ontario.
The funding initiatives are intended for for-profit businesses including small- and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups and multinational enterprises.


Canada Business Ontario (CBO)

Provides business information on government programs, services and regulations to Ontario entrepreneurs.
They help clients plan for, begin, manage, expand or exit their business.
Services and products are free.


Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) – Businesses Video Gallery – Federal Government (Canada)

Offers videos and recorded webinars on a wide variety of individual business topics for your reference and assistance.


Government of Canada’s official website – Federal Government (Canada)

This site offers quick, easy access to all Government of Canada services and information.


Government of Canada – Business – Federal Government (Canada)

Find information on starting a business, business grants and financing, business taxes, federal corporations, hiring and managing employees, international trade and investment permits, licences and regulations, doing business with the government, R& D and innovation, research and business intelligence, intellectual property and copyright, maintaining and growing your business, protecting your business, insolvency for business and more.

Visit the Business Tab on:

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – Just for Businesses – Federal Government (Canada)

Helps you find statistics and research, find Canadian companies, start a business, find financing, find permits and licences, protect intellectual property, do business across borders, incorporate, with information on bankruptcy, and more.


Canada Business Network

This Government Services for Canadian Businesses website provides resources and information to help Canadians get their businesses going and growing.
Their menu includes starting a business, business planning, grants and financing, managing your business, growing, government and digital literacy.


Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) – Federal Government (Canada)

Supports SMEs by working to reduce barriers and by simplifying requirements for SMEs that want to do business with the Government of Canada.



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Financing for Chatham-Kent Businesses and Start-Ups.