Other Locally Available Programs and Incentives
A number of programs and incentives are offered at the local level through various community-based organizations:
Ontario Self Employment Benefit Program (SEB)
The Ontario Self-Employment Benefit Program (SEB) provides unemployed people who are or have recently been eligible for Employment Insurance with income and entrepreneurial support while they develop and start their businesses. The SEB Program is administered by Employment Ontario Employment Services. In Orangeville and its surrounding communities, candidates begin the application process by attending an assessment and information session at the Centre for Career and Employment Services, located at 51 Town Line (519-942-9986). For additional information on the SEB Program and detailed eligibility criteria, visit the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website here.
Centre for Career and Employment Services
The Centre for Career and Employment Services is an Employment Resource Centre that provides one-to-one employment counselling, workshops and seminars. The Centre for Career and Employment Services is committed to assisting individuals of all ages within Dufferin County with the services and resources required to find employment, make a career change or enter re-training. For detailed information on the Centre for Career and Employment Services and the services they provide to individuals please visit www.dufferinjobs.com.
The Centre offers a number of free services to local employers and works with Employment Ontario Employment Services to deliver a variety of programs designed to assist employers. Business owners who wish to find out more about these services and how to access them, should visit The Centre for Career and Employment Services website here or review their Employer Services Brochure. Additional information on programs for employers can also be found by visiting Employment Ontario.
Locally, the Centre for Career and Employment Services also delivers the Second Career Program on behalf of Employment Ontario Employment Services. The Second Career strategy will fund training and education programs to assist qualified individuals to improve and learn new skills with the expectation of increasing their skill levels to compete in today’s competitive job market. For individuals in Orangeville and its surrounding communities, access to the Second Career Strategy starts by visiting or calling the Centre for Career and Employment Services (51 Town Line, Orangeville or 519-942-9986 Ext. 5641) to assess eligibility for the program. Visit the Second Career website for more detailed information.
The Centre for Business and Economic Development
The Centre For Business and Economic Development is a Community Futures Development Corporation that offers loans to businesses which don’t qualify through traditional lending institutions. These loans provide flexible financing with repayment terms designed for maximum advantage. The Centre’s mandate is to help develop and diversify the local economy and to be a one-stop business resource for new and expanding businesses. To be eligible for financing, potential clients must complete a business plan and loan application. The Orangeville & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre can assist you with these documents. Decisions regarding loan approvals are made by submitting a completed application package to the Centre for Business and Economic Development which is then reviewed and evaluated by members of a volunteer board of directors. For more information on how you can apply, visit the Centre for Business website.
Orangeville Hydro – Save on Energy Program
Orangeville Hydro offers a number of business and industrial incentive programs geared towards helping business owners increase the efficiency of business operations. There are incentives available for: energy audits, energy-efficient lighting, equipment upgrades, energy-efficient new construction and major renovations, building commissioning, industrial upgrades and demand response. For a full listing of programs and incentives available please visit: orangevillehydro.saveonenergy.ca.