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​​​​​​​Build On Pre-arrival Services

Build ON is a pre-arrival service. They provide specialized information and orientation about the Skilled Trades to new immigrants approved to immigrate to Ontario, Canada. There is no cost to participate and you can complete the service at your own pace.

They offer the following services:

  • One-on-one consultations
  • Online Training Materials
  • Live and On-demand Webinars
  • Connection to Mentors 
  • Information on Skilled Trades

Employment Ontario Employment Services

Employment Ontario Employment Services are available across the County of Simcoe to help newcomers look for a job, plan their careers, explore starting their own business, and obtain referrals to community programs and services. Many of these services are low-cost or at no cost to you.

At an Employment Ontario Employment Service Centre, you can find supports and resources to help with your job search.
Resources include:   

  • computers to work on your resume and cover letter
  • internet access to check job postings
  • daily newspapers and job boards
  • telephones, photocopiers and fax machines
  • business directories, job search materials, and
  • information on education, training and apprenticeship, as well as other Employment Ontario and government-funded programs.

You can also sign up for a range of job search related workshops, such as job search techniques, resume, cover letters, and interview skills.

One-to-one services are also available to help with your employment needs, including assistance with career planning, job matching, job placement, wage incentives, and supported referrals to other community resources, programs and services. Some centres also provide services in French and English.

Employment Services agencies also provide assisted services, including:

  • Information on local employers and job postings along with job matching
  • Job placement and on the job training through work experience
  • Links to Second Career and Ontario Self Employment Benefit
  • Support for apprenticeships and internationally trained individuals Information and referral to local programs to support employability.

You can find Ontario Employment Services agencies throughout Simcoe County.  Services are also available in smaller communities.

The information listed below was provided by 211 Community Connection.

Agilec Barrie Location


231 Bayview Dr, Suite 201
Barrie, ON L4N 4Y5


TTY Phone: 705-735-6255
Fax: 705-735-6042

Agilec Innisfil Location


*services are available in French and English

1070 Innisfil Beach Rd, Unit 1
Innisfil, ON L9S 4T9


TTY Phone: 705-735-6255

Agilec Orillia Location


Orillia City Centre
50 Andrew St S, Suite 102
Orillia, ON L3V 7T5


TTY Phone: 705-325-7426

Career Centre

Bayfield Mall
320 Bayfield St, Unit 57
Barrie, ON L4M 3C1

TTY Phone: 705-735-4906

Career Solutions

Career Solutions
Career Solutions

1288 Mosley St, Units 2 & 3
Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 2C9


La Clé de l’emploi/Employment Services

* services are available in French and English

Village Square Mall
2 Poyntz St, Unit 7
Penetanguishene, ON L9M 1M2



Collège Boréal Employment Options/Options Emploi

* services are available in French and English

136 Bayfield Street
Barrie, ON L4M 3B1


CONTACT South Simcoe Information Centre

95 Holland St W, Unit 105
Bradford, ON L3Z 2A7


Focus Community Development Corporation

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46 Wellington St W, Unit 2
Alliston, ON L9R 2B8


Focus Community Development Corporation

FOCUS Colour Logo Employment Services

199 Mill St, Unit 5
Angus, ON L0M 1B2


Georgian College Centre for Career and Employment Services

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825 Memorial Ave, Room A200
Orillia, ON L3V 6S2


Tracks Employment and Resource Services


50 Hume St
Collingwood, ON L9Y 1V2


YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka


334 King St, Unit 1
Midland, ON L4R 3M8


Looking For a Job in Simcoe County

Where to start

Local agencies such as Employment Ontario Employment Services are available to support people as they look for work. They can help you with your job search skills.

Some common ways people look for work include:

Job postings are advertisements posted by employers that describe available positions and the type of employee they are looking for. These can be found online and in the employment section of your local paper. Some job posting websites provide a range of job postings across different industries, while others are industry-specific.

For more information about industry-specific job posting websites, visit Settlement.Org.

Many websites or individual companies, who advertise job vacancies on-line, may require the job-seeker to set-up an account or register with them.  In order to job-search on-line you need:

  • basic computer skills (many Employment Ontario – Employment Services offer workshops on computer skills)
  • access to a computer and internet (libraries and Employment Ontario offices often have computers for the public to use)
  • a reliable email account
  • a updated resume and cover letter (both items will need to be uploaded to the computer in order to apply on-line)

Networking can help you learn about an industry and the job market. By talking to others, you can find out about job vacancies. To make contact with people, you can join a professional association for your occupation, join a conversation circle, get involved in your community, attend a job fair, or use online social or professional networking websites.

You may also benefit from joining a Professional Immigrant Network (PIN). PINs are run by and for internationally-trained individuals. They cover regulated and non-regulated professions in many sectors. To learn more about Professional Immigrant Networks, visit:​​​.​

Volunteer work is an excellent way to gain Canadian experience and Canadian references. Volunteering is unpaid work, but an excellent way to learn new skills, continue to develop existing skills, practice English or French, meet people, locate potential job leads and get Canadian work references. Often, volunteer positions are with non-profit or charity organizations. Many employers accept volunteering as valid Canadian work experience. Volunteering allows you to build networks and learn more about the work environment in your community.

It is important for you to understand what you are committing to when you volunteer. Ask the organization what they expect from you and what they can offer. A good place to look for volunteer opportunities is

Some people may choose to use an employment agency, placement agency, or temporary agency (“temp agency”) to find work.  These agencies find people a job with another company.  Usually ‘temp agencies’ are private companies.  They make money by charging the company that you work for, or they might take a percentage of your pay. You should not pay anything before they find you a suitable job and you start working. Different agencies offer different kinds of services.  They may vary based on length of placement and type of industry.  Before you apply to an agency, check to make sure they can place you in the type of work you are interested in.

For additional information about employment agencies or temporary agencies in Canada, visit Settlement.Org.

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