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Pathways to Prosperity: For Employers

Are you a local employer hiring 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 hiring entry-level positions in Manufacturing, Construction, Agriculture, and Food Service. Your future employee will be ready to work on the first day.

Industry safety certifications will be provided to job seekers, including Standard First Aid, WHMIS, Working at Heights, and other industry-specific awareness modules, which saves you valuable time and money. Each program offers the job-seeker technical skills, needed by the business, validated by our industry advisor partners

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 CNC machine fundamentals, 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 at no cost for host employers.

What will you gain?

By hiring a graduate of the 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 Host Employer Form. A member of our team will reach out to discuss the program with you in detail.

Phase 1: Pre-Placement

Complete a series of forms, supported by program staff, select and attend complimentary leadership and onboarding training sessions 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: Reporting

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

Phase 4: Job Continuity

Following successful placement, there will be an opportunity to retain employee for long-term employment.

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