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Make sure your team is ready when change comes knocking. As the worldwide business landscape evolves, it’s ever-important to arm employees with new resources and training to succeed in their positions.

Build your capacity in employee training and development by collaborating with Bruce County community partners and organizations to grow, sustain and elevate your workforce.

Employee Training and Skills Development Programs

Contact North

Contact North is a free, local bilingual service to help residents in 1,500+ rural and remote Ontario communities access online programs and courses from colleges, universities and training providers without having to leave their communities. 

Connect with a representative from your local Bruce County Contact North locations:

Fanshawe College Huron/Bruce Regional Sites

Welcoming full-time, part-time and dual-credit students in a number of diploma programs, certificates and community-interest courses, Fanshawe is proud to be a contributor to the economic growth and sustainability of the region.

Discover how you can build your employees skill set with Fanshawe

Georgian College Owen Sound Campus

The Owen Sound Campus is located on almost 15 acres of property and is small but mighty. It offers a wide variety of programs, in great facilities, including Canada’s most advanced marine simulation and research centre.

Explore programs to support employee development

Regional Tourism Organization 7 (RTO7)

RTO7 aims to work collaboratively with tourism partners and stakeholders to build, sustain and grow visitation, investment and visitor spending. They directly support tourism businesses by providing resources and financial programs related to training, partnerships, and recruitment support. A few of their skills and training programs are:

The Recruitment Implementation Program (RIP) is designed to offer additional support to workforce recruitment efforts. 

The Sustainability Inclusivity Program (SIP) is used to promote a new sustainable product, experience, initiative or inclusive business practices, such as experiences that instills a sense of community pride or participation in programs, like Rainbow Registered. 

In an effort to foster a culture of continuous learning, while providing recruitment and retention solutions for tourism operators, RTO7 partners with the Typsy, a hospitality learning program. This free program offers thousand bite-sized (most less than 5 minutes) videos to learn just-in-time hospitality skills and management from industry experts. 

Learn more about all RTO7s programs.

VPI Working Solutions 

As an Employment Ontario service provider, VPI offers free services, programs, and resources to help employers through the entire hiring process. From pre-screening to onboarding and training, VPI can help. 

Contact VPI Walkerton and request their employer information sheet.

200 McNab Street, Suite 200, Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0


YMCA Owen Sound Grey Bruce

Hiring incentives are designed to support employers who help unemployed workers enter or re-enter the workforce and maintain employment. These incentives provide support for on-the-job training, including apprenticeship training, and work experience opportunities.

Speak to a YMCA Job Developer today to learn more about hiring incentives available for your business.

Funding Opportunities for Training and Skills Development

Canada-Ontario Job Grant Program

Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) provides opportunities for employers, individually or in groups, to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant provides direct financial support to individual employers or employer consortia who wish to purchase training for their employees. It is available to small, medium, and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees.

Learn more about the program and eligibility