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Pathways to Prosperity: For Employers

Are you a local employer in manufacturing, construction, food service, or agriculture?

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

This program has been developed for local businesses in sectors currently facing significant labour shortages. We are here to support employers in Manufacturing, Construction, Agriculture, and Food Service.

This program offers the following:

  • We are here to support employers hiring entry-level positions in Manufacturing, Construction, Agriculture, and Food Service
  • We will train your current staff and yourself in leadership, technical skills and other training needs

What skills will be trained?

Cooks wearing aprons cook at a stove in a commercial kitchen

Line Cooks

Food Service

In this program, participants will gain foundational skills which include restaurant training such as the basics of food preparation and cooking, proper food cutting techniques, safe use of commercial kitchen tools and equipment, food allergens, and food safety training.

a person uses a saw with a piece of wood

General Labourer


In this program, participants will learn how to operate hand and power tools, construct floor joists, frame walls, install and remove roof shingles, install vinyl siding, and learn about the demolition of residential construction projects.

two people stand over a piece of manufacturing machinery

General Labourer


In this program, participants will learn how to use measurement systems and tools, learn production line operations, troubleshooting and quality assurance concepts. Participants will also be introduced to welding and other manufacturing jobs.

a tractor carries hay

General Labourer


In this program, participants will learn how to use farming equipment using state-of-the-art heavy equipment simulators, learn how to operate equipment safely, learn about heavy equipment maintenance, and gain agriculture work safety and awareness skills.


How does this program work?

Pathways to Prosperity Project focuses on individuals who are unemployed including those who have been impacted by COVID 19 and those facing barriers to meaningful employment. Job-seekers receive 3-4 weeks of skills training followed by a placement at a host employer.

Host employers will provide individuals with on-the-job work experience for 5 weeks. Host employer will receive a 50% wage subsidy for the 5 weeks of work placement. To ensure a successful placement, on-boarding training and direct support is provided to host employers.

Leadership and supervisory training courses are also offered to businesses to upskill current employees no cost including:

  • Leadership Skills for Supervisors and Managers
  • Safety – Supervisor Competency under OHSA
  • Creating an Evidence-Drive Social Media Plan
  • Trends In Hiring, Interviewing and Selecting (Hiring Best Fit Employees)
  • CPR/First Aid (Level C)
  • Food Handler Certification
  • Working at Heights
  • Confined Space Entry

What will you gain?

P2P program employers will:

  • Receive an employee with sector-specific skills and certifications
  • See them on the job at your business during the first 5 weeks with a wage subsidy of 50% for the full 5-week placement 
  • Improve the hiring experience by being matched with someone who wants to work
  • Reduce turnover, avoid challenging hiring experiences, and “new-employee ghosting”
  • Invest in their managers and supervisors which means investing in their bottom line
  • Up-skill employees which are a company’s greatest asset

Your skilled workforce is out there. We’ll help you find it.

Please complete the form below and we will respond within 1-2 business days.

How to get started

Sign up for the program using the Employer Form. A member of our team will reach out to discuss the program with you in detail.

Phase 1: Pre Job Match and Needs Assessment

Complete a series of forms, supported by program staff, meet to discuss training needs, and what upcoming courses fit your specific needs offered by Fleming College and Employment Services providers.

Phase 2: 5 Week Job Placement

Submit required forms, complete employee payroll, and WSIB hiring process, and facilitate job placement (supports provided as needed by employment service providers)

Phase 3: Wage Reimbursement

Submit Wage subsidy form after completion of 5-week placement for 50% wage subsidy reimbursement, participate in feedback and reporting requirements.

Phase 4: Upskilling Training for current employees

Following a successful placement, there will be an opportunity to retain employee for long-term employment. You and your staff attend upskilling training, then fill out a survey form about your experience.

Contact Information

Eva Rees

Workforce Development Project Manager

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development
270 George Street North, Suite 102
Peterborough, ON K9J 3H1

Phone: 705-740-4594

The Pathways to Prosperity program is a partnership between Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, The City of Kawartha Lakes, Muskoka-Kawarthas Employment Services, Fleming College, and the Workforce Development Board

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario