Effective January 1, 2018, Ontario’s new Employing Young Talent Incentive (EYTI) is being offered to small businesses (fewer than 100 employees) who hire and retain youth 15 to 29 years old through Employment Service, and to all employers hiring through Youth Job Connection.
How it works:
As an employer, you benefit from hiring a young person. Through the Employing Young Talent Incentive, you will receive incentives of $1,000 to $2,000 as follows:
For Employment Service (ES)-assisted youth clients matched with a small business (less than 100 employees) between January 1, 2018 and March 31, 2018, the employer will be receive a $1,000 retention payment at three months followed by a $1,000 retention payment at six months.
For ES-assisted youth clients matched with a small business after April 1, 2018, the employer will receive $1,000 upon hiring, followed by an additional $1,000 retention payment at six months in the job.
For the Youth Job Connection (YJC) program, effective January 1, 2018 a retention payment of $1,000 will be payable to employers after 3 months, with a further $1,000 payable to employers after 6 months as an incentive to small and large businesses to retain youth typically left out of the workforce.
To be eligible to receive the EYTI benefit for hiring a young person, you must:
What is the Employment Service program?
Employment Service is one service in the suite of services and programs known as Employment Ontario. It is delivered by a network of third-party service providers. Find your nearest provider.
It provides all job seekers including youth in Ontario with access to all the employment services and supports they need in one location, so they can find and keep a job, apply for training and plan a career that’s right for them.
In 2016-17 there were 69,477 employment services assisted youth clients (29 and under) served through employment services.
What is the Youth Job Connection program?
Youth Job Connection is one service in the suite of services and programs known as Employment Ontario. It is delivered by a network of third-party service providers. Find your nearest provider.
The Youth Job Connection program services youth aged 15 to 29 who are traditionally left out of the workforce by providing more intensive supports beyond job search and placement opportunities. Supports for this program include:
As of March 31, 2017, over 22,000 youth have participated in the Youth Job Connection program since the program launched on October 1, 2015.
Questions and Answers:
MAESD will support these new initiatives by using the existing Employment Ontario delivery network to provide employers with incentives to hire and retain youth. These incentives will be delivered as part of the Employment Service and the Youth Job Connection programs, and will take effect in January 2018. Eligible employers will receive payments starting in the spring of 2018.
Employers will receive a maximum of $2,000 to hire and retain youth (who are not benefiting from a current incentive) as follows:
These payments would be for employers who are not benefiting from a current incentive through ES.
This retention payment would be in addition to existing employer incentives eligible under YJC.
The ministry is officially launching these employer incentives in April 2018, at the start of the ministry’s fiscal year. Since the minimum wage increase takes effect in January 2018, and to support small employers, the ministry is allowing eligible employers who hired youth from January to March to also receive the incentive.
Although employers may be eligible as of January 2018, payments will not be issued until April 2018. Employers who hired youth between January and March and retained them will receive their first payment beginning April (the 3 month incentive).
A small business for the purposes of the incentive delivered under ES is a business with less than 100 employees.
The incentive delivered under YJC is not limited to small businesses.
To be eligible for the incentive under the Employment Service program, the employer must have fewer than 100 employees.
Eligibility for the incentive under the Youth Job Connection program is not based on employer size, so all sizes of employers would be eligible for the incentive regardless of the number of employees.
Youth are defined as any individual between the ages of 15 and 29 years old.
The new ES and YJC guidelines will be shared in January 2018 and the ministry has been training its service providers.
The delivery of ES and YJC will not be affected. The programs’ networks are being utilized as they have the current infrastructure and capacity to deliver this new employer incentive. Service providers will have some additional responsibilities in terms of follow-ups and payments, and will therefore receive 15% of their total incentive budget in incremental administrative funding to support delivery.
Employers will be eligible for these incentives beginning January 1, 2018. Payments will start as of April 2018.
Employers are eligible for various incentives and supports under the Employment Ontario umbrella, including:
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