Simcoe Chamber program offers help to local businesses

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Local businesses may be eligible for up to $7,500 in wage subsidies and have access to nationwide student recruitment through The Chamber Partnership.

The Chamber Partnership Initiative brings together local chambers of commerce and boards of trade, small and medium-sized enterprises, job seekers, and post-secondary institutions to support economic recovery and opportunities for student job seekers across Canada.

The Simcoe and District Chamber of Commerce is among the local chambers and boards partnering with Magnet and the Talent Opportunity Program to connect chamber members to the Magnet platform, a digital social enterprise at Ryerson University.

The key to the partnership is connecting businesses of all sizes and industries to opportunities to hire young talent and access wage subsidies through the Student Work Placement Program. Funded by the Government of Canada, SWPP allows employers to access wage subsidies of up to $7,500 when they hire Canadian post-secondary students for work integrated learning experiences.

The Chamber Partnership Initiative will support access to the following key features through Magnet’s platform:

Nationwide student recruitment: Hiring a student? Use the Outcome Campus Connect functionality to reach student job seekers across 85+ post-secondary institutions with one click.

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Financial support for student hiring: Wage subsidies of up to $7,500 available to employers to hire post-secondary students through the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP).

Intelligent job matching: Employers can target job postings directly to job seekers based on skills, experience, education, and industry-specific certifications.

Diverse hiring: Employers know the value of a diverse workforce. Build more inclusive and equitable hiring practices with the Hire Immigrants and Discover Ability resource hubs. Magnet’s platform also enables diverse and inclusive hiring with tools that target LGBTQ candidates, newcomers, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons, women, and visible minorities.

Customized business growth content: Access to export-related opportunities and business growth information from Magnet content partners, including OCC, Export Development Canada, Business Development Bank of Canada, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and Global Affairs Canada and the Future Skills Centre.

Local businesses are invited to create their free Magnet account at their chamber portal and connect with a national network of job seekers, employers, and post-secondary institutions.