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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.

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For each of the entry-level jobs in this project, a Career Ladder Visual Guide will be created to highlight earning potential and what academic credentials, professional development, and experience would be needed to progress from entry-level to higher earning potential.

These interactive pathways will show what current local jobs are available in that industry. Entry-level jobs provide an opportunity to learn basic skills and gain experience, however, these jobs are often paid the minimum wage.

This program will help to identify potential career pathways from entry-level positions to more skilled and higher-wage jobs within the industry.  


  1. Cooks are considered an entry-level job, often paid minimum wage. 
  2. The wage of a cook is unlikely to increase much, however other skills in the food industry can be transitioned to higher-wage jobs.
  3. Pathways can lead to occupations such as a meat cutter, quality assurance inspector, caterer, food sales representative, and potentially entrepreneur.

Career ladders will not only help to guide job seekers into pathways but will also fill those local in-demand jobs, ensuring local business growth in turn. 

For more information about Pathways to Prosperity

Employers: Email or call 705-740-4594

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