Employer FAQs

  • What do I have to do to receive incentives? Am I suitable and eligible?

    • To participate in placements, employers must:
      • Be licensed to operate in Ontario
      • Comply with all applicable legislation, including federal/provincial human rights legislation, regulations, and any other relevant standards, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Employment Standards Act, freedom of information and protection of privacy legislation.
      • The Employment Service Placement position must be in Ontario
      • Maintain appropriate WSIB or alternate workplace safety insurance coverage and have adequate third-party general liability insurance 
      • NOT hire his or her immediate family members, such as parent, spouse, sibling or child as a trainee;
      •  NOT be receiving government funds from any other source for the same training placement;
      • NOT use placement services to replace existing or laid-off employees
      • NOT be an EO Employment Service service provider.
    • As well, employers must commit to:
      • Developing a relevant training plan that will help the participants achieve their employment goal and the help the employer achieve their business goals, in conjunction with the service provider and participant
      • Providing feedback and assessments of a participant’s skills level, where required
      •  Having the potential for long-term employment/contract position for the participant post placement
      •  Demonstrating the ability to provide the participant with adequate supervision and the training/work experience described in the Employment Service Training Plan
      • Placing the participant on the company’s payroll and providing the same employment terms, conditions, and benefits as for all regular employees

  • What incentives can I receive?

    • Employers may be eligible to receive up to $6000 in training incentives when they hire a LEAP client for individuals who are suitable and who qualify. Each placement incentive amount is negotiated with the employer prior to contract signing.
    • Employers who are able to register apprentices may also be eligible for the Apprenticeship Employer Signing Bonus (AESB) which is $2000 of additional incentives. Contact LEAP for further information.

  • Is it an apprenticeship or a placement?

    • It can be both. Employers who are in the trades may do a placement with an individual who is interested in becoming an apprentice. If the employer chooses to register them as an apprentice with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, there are additional incentive bonuses (see AESB).
    • A placement is simply on the job training and support for a client and the employer. The client is placed on your payroll as a regular employee. The employer will remit payroll to LEAP and the employer will then be reimbursed based on their placement contract. Your Employment Advisor will have scheduled monitors with both the employer and client to ensure things are running smoothly or address any issues that may arise.

  • What am I required to do throughout a placement? 

    • The employer will have to be both eligible and suitable for the program (outlined above)
    • The employer will be required to complete the Employer Registration Form, complete a health and safety checklist with your Employment Advisor, and complete a training plan with your Employment Advisor.
    • Your Employment Advisor will notify LEAP clients who may be interested in working for your business/organization and can arrange interviews on your behalf. If you decide you would like to proceed with the individual you interviewed, an Employment Advisor will contact you to complete the forms mentioned above.
    • You are required to complete the job support and training for the individual as per contract duties and training plan, provide LEAP with feedback regarding the individual in the form of regular follow ups, follow OHSA regulations, and remit payroll information in a timely manner.