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Career Centre

The Career Centre has been providing professional employment services to job searchers and employers and the community since 1995 in Barrie and the surrounding area.

In 1995, Simcoe County District School Board’s Adult and Continuing Education department opened the Community Career Centre (CCC) to assist many of the adults who were returning to school to develop a career action plan.

The Human Resources Canada Centre (HRCC) – Barrie office, contracted the CCC to provide employment counselling to unemployed clients. Shortly thereafter the CCC began to offer group counselling workshops, general information sessions, employment needs assessments and case management. The CCC changed its name to the “Career Centre”.

In 1999, the Career Centre and the St. Joseph’s Career Centre operated by Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, co-located in a new and expanded Career Centre remaining in the Bayfield Mall, Barrie.

The Career Centre eventually took on the responsibility, on behalf of HRCC, to provide assistance to clients completing Skills Development application forms. Support was also provided for clients to complete applications for the Targeted Wage Subsidy Program and the Self-Employment Benefit program.

In 2005, the Career Centre, through the Call for Proposal process with HRCC was awarded the delivery of the “full suite” of employment services from two locations in Barrie: 48 Collier Street and the Bayfield Mall, 320 Bayfield Street.

The “full suite” of employment services consisted of delivering the Employment Resource Centre services and assessment centre including employment needs assessments, case management, career counselling, job development, group counselling workshops and applications for Skills Development, Targeted Wage Subsidy and the Self-Employment Benefit Program. These services continued from 2005 to July 30, 2010. During this time, the Career Centre’s funded agreement for services transitioned from HRCC, federal funding to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), provincial funding.

As of August 1, 2010, the Career Centre joined the network of Employment Ontario Employment Services Service Providers funded by MTCU. The Career Centre provides a full range of services for Employers and Job Seekers.

From September 2013 to September 31, 2015, the Career Centre delivered the Youth Employment Fund (YEF) Initiative. YEF was for eligible youth between the ages of 15 and 29 years of age and it provided incentives to employers to help cover the cost of wages and eligible training for new hires. The job placements provided opportunities for youth to build skills and confidence, get valuable work experience and to connect with employers.

Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) is currently delivered by the Career Centre and was launched in September 2014. COJG is an employer driven program. It provides an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.

As of October 1, 2015, the Career Centre is also funded by MTCU to provide the Youth Job Connection (YJC) Program and as of the summer of 2016, the YJC: Summer program.

YJC offers intensive, specialized support to youth between the ages of 15 to 29 who are not in work, school or training and who have complex barriers to employment.

The Career Centre provides YJC in Alliston, Angus, Barrie, Bradford, Cookstown, Innisfil and Orillia.

To learn more about the Career Centre’s programs services, please contact us at: