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Pathways to Prosperity

Led by Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development

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Pathways to Prosperity is a program designed to match job seekers with high-demand jobs and support local employers to train and retain skilled talent. 

The Pathways to Prosperity Project focuses on individuals who are unemployed or underemployed including those: 

  • Who are facing barriers to gaining meaningful employment 
  • Who have had their employment significantly impacted by COVID-19 

The program delivers 3-4 weeks of skills training for job seekers followed by a 50% subsidized placement for 5 weeks. 

  • Host employers will provide individuals with on-the-job work experience and will receive a 50% wage subsidy for the full five weeks of placement
  • On-boarding training and support for employers to ensure successful placement  
  • Employer’s supervisors and managers provided Leadership Training at no cost 
This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

For Local Employers

Are you an employer hiring in manufacturing, construction, food service, or agriculture?

For Job Seekers

Are you looking for work in high-demand sectors?

The Pathways to Prosperity program is a partnership between

The Pathways to Prosperity program is targeted at local sectors that are currently facing significant labour shortages, and high-demand positions for local job seekers. These include:

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Line Cook: Food Service

Cooks prepare and cook a wide variety of foods. They are employed in restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and other health care institutions, central food commissaries, educational institutions, and other establishments. They are also employed aboard ships and at construction and logging campsites.

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General Labourer: Construction

Construction trades labourers assist skilled tradespersons and perform labouring activities at construction sites, in quarries, and in surface mines. They are employed by construction companies, trade and labour contractors, and surface mine and quarry operators.

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General Labourer: Manufacturing

Other labourers in processing, manufacturing, and utilities perform material handling, clean-up, packaging, and other activities in processing, manufacturing, and utilities. They are employed by companies that manufacture products and by printing and packaging companies.

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General Labourer: Agriculture

General farm workers plant, cultivate and harvest crops and maintain and repair farm equipment and buildings. This unit group includes operators of farm machinery. They are employed on crop, fruit, vegetable, and specialty farms.

Career Ladders

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If you have questions about any of these career ladders or about the local labour market, please visit

As the old adage goes, you have to start somewhere! Advance your skills and learn what it takes to move up the career ladder in some of the highest-demand sectors in this region.

Entry-level jobs provide an opportunity to learn basic skills and gain experience; however, these jobs are often paid the minimum wage, and wages in many entry-level jobs are unlikely to increase significantly. This program will help to identify potential career pathways from entry-level positions to more skilled and higher-wage jobs within the industry. For example, a job as a cook, with proper training and experience, could lead to an occupation such as a meat cutter, quality assurance inspector, caterer, food sales representative and potentially, entrepreneur.

These interactive career ladders contain information about hourly wages, job descriptions, main job duties, examples of job titles, general skills, and links to educational courses, training opportunities, and local jobs currently available in each sector.

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Agriculture Career Ladder
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Construction Career Ladder
summary of food service career ladder
Food Service Career Ladder
summary of manufacturing career ladder
Manufacturing Career Ladder

For more information about Pathways to Prosperity

Employers: Email or call 705-740-4594

Job Seekers: Email or call 1-866-353-3536