We have consolidated resources aimed at helping workers affected by layoffs. We recommend you read the entire page, but if you want to learn more about a specific topic, please click below to fast-scroll to that topic:
- Financial & Social Supports
- Job Finding Tools
- Employment Services
- Skills Upgrading for Adults
- Learn About Hiring Trends
Financial & SOCIAL SUPPORTS
Though sometimes used interchangeably, termination pay and severance pay are not the same thing. While all employees of three months or longer with a company are entitled to termination pay (in place of notice) upon dismissal, not everyone is entitled to severance pay. Visit the Ontario government’s website to learn more about the laws surrounding termination pay, including how much notice your employer needs to give you, by clicking here.
Severance Pay & Legal Advice
Visit the Ontario government’s website to learn more about the laws surrounding severance pay, including your rights, by clicking here. Only an employment lawyer can give you legal advice, so if you’re looking for legal advice, please contact a lawyer through a family member, friend, union, yellowpages or use the Legal Aid Ontario’s Lawyer Search Tool. You could also contact the Windsor Legal Aid Office to see if they can help. They are located at 185 City Hall Square South, Windsor, Ontario, N9A 6W5. Their telephone number is (519) 255-7822.
Apply for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. Visit the Government of Canada’s website to learn more about Employment Insurance, including how to file, by visiting www.canada.ca. Also, you may be eligible to take training/re-training while collecting EI benefits. To learn more about EI and training visit www.canada.ca.
If you’re ineligible for Employment Insurance or have exhausted your benefits already, you should contact Ontario Works to learn about social assistance. In Windsor-Essex, the regional service provider is the City of Windsor, who has offices in Windsor and Leamington. You can get their office addresses and learn more about applying for Ontario Works by visiting www.citywindsor.ca.
JOB LOSS Insurance
Prior to receiving your layoff notice, had you purchased layoff insurance for your mortgage, car or another debt? Look through your paperwork and if so, contact your lender and/or insurance provider to determine how to apply for support.
Child Care COVERAGE FOR Appointments
The Connections Early Years Family Centre offers a program to parents (who qualify) an opportunity to leave their children 0-6 years of age at the Centre for a short period of time while they attend medical, legal, social service or counselling appointments, job interviews or workshops. If you think this service could help you in the future, you should reach out to them in advance to see how you qualify, signup and notify them about future appointments.
The Windsor & Essex County Food Bank Association has a webpage of food bank member organizations to help you find a food bank closest to you. To learn more visit http://wefba.ca.
Health Care and Drug Plan
If you have high prescription-drug costs compared to your household income you might qualify for the Trillium Drug Program. To learn more visit www.ontario.ca.
OHIP+ provides more than 4,400 drug products at no cost for anyone age 24 years or younger who is not covered by a private plan. You don’t need to enroll — all you need is a health card number and an eligible prescription. To learn more click www.ontario.ca.
Mental Health Services
The Canadian Mental Health Association of Windsor-Essex website has a wide range of mental health services that are available in our community. To learn more visit https://windsoressex.cmha.ca
THE REGION’s largest job board
Search 14 national, provincial and local job boards at the same time by using our job finding tools. The tools below search job postings from Indeed, Canada’s Job Bank, Charity Village, Eluta, Jobillico, Lucas Works, Unemployed Help Centre, City of Windsor Employment & Training Services Job Board, and more. If where you work is just as important as what you do, use our WEmap Jobs tool. If you’re researching in-demand jobs, use our WEexplore careers tool.
Find job postings, employment services, training programs, childcare services, and route planning options using this mapping tool.
job postings by email
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UPCOMING JOB FAIRS
View upcoming job fairs in the region.
ADD YOUR RESUME TO OUR Database
With more than 5,000 resumes in our database, we continue to collect resumes of unemployed and underemployed individuals as well as from the general public so that we can assist employers by finding candidates for their position vacancies. The database also gives us a snapshot of the skills sets that are available for hire when businesses are relocating to the region.
Job Search & Resume help, Apprenticeships and Second Career RE-TRAINING PROGRAM
If you’re looking for no-charge, in-person help with your job search, updating your resume, starting your apprenticeship and/or re-training under Ontario’s Second Career program, please contact a local Employment Ontario service provider. Employment Ontario service providers are funded by the government to help you find new employment. Use our WEsearch tool to find a provider near you by clicking here.
APPRENTICESHIP GRANTS & CAREER RESEARCH
For detailed information about the region’s top 26 in-demand skilled trades occupations and information about grants, visit our page below.
SKILLS Upgrading FOR ADULTS
UPCOMING Training opportunities
View upcoming short-term training opportunities in the region.
UPGRADING Core Skills
If you’re looking for no-charge, in-person help with upgrading foundational skills such as reading, spelling, writing, math, and/or computers, please contact a local Literacy & Basic Skills service provider. Use our WEsearch tool to find a provider near you by clicking here.
EARNING YOUR High school Diploma
If you’re looking for no-charge, in-person help with completing high school, please contact a service provider. Use our WEsearch tool to find the right program for your goals by clicking here.
UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Volunteering can help you build skills, expand your professional network and in some cases may lead to future work opportunities. To help you find potential volunteer opportunities that align with your interests, view this page.
LEARN ABOUT HIRING TRENDS
View our job demand report to better understand what kind of jobs employers are posting in national, provincial and local job boards.