Toronto employers are looking for skilled and experienced seniors that can raise the bar for the company’s culture. Statistics Canada estimates that as many as 1 in 4 Canadians will be a senior age 65 or older by the year 2036. According to the Government of Canada, employers will be losing a great deal as seniors retire, such as lower efficiency, lower productivity levels, and higher training costs. Toronto offers resources to help you hone your skills and learn a new skill set so you can be a competitive senior in the workforce.
The Government of Canada offers a Job Bank to help Canadians find jobs easily. There are thousands of jobs posted for Toronto residents on the site.
There are several senior online job listing services (job boards) in Canada that can be tailored to only search for Toronto jobs. SeniorForJobs.com is a well-known site that also offer job-hunting resources.
If you are unsure about going about a job hunt, you can access the Ontario Employment Resource Centres in person. The centre will give you job searching tools and information, market research information, and provide workshops in employment-related skills, including resumes and job interviews. You can find training services by searching under Toronto here.
The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers is a program for unemployed residents between the ages of 55 and 64 that live in a community with less than 250,000 people and has a high level of unemployment. The program offers workshops on resume writing and career counseling, as well as wage subsidy programs. There are hundreds of service providers in the City of Toronto.
Canadian Veterans can get assistance in finding a local civilian job. The Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Career Transition Services Program will reimburse vets for certain services up to $1000 (including taxes). The eligible services include:
Career assessments Job market research Resume writing Interview skills Career counseling Assistance with job finding Professional recruiter agent service
Regular and Reserve Force vets are eligible and surviving spouses may also qualify if they meet certain criteria. Contact the Veterans Affairs Canada to learn more and see if you qualify. You can visit the local VAC Area Office or call toll-free 1-866-522-2122.
If you are considering starting your own business, the Toronto Business Development Centre can help get it off the ground. The centre gives you the opportunity to network with other business owners, including other seniors. It also offers resources like business advice, mentorship, and financing programs for women entrepreneurs. You can visit the centre at 1 Yonge Street, Suite 900, in Toronto, or call (416)-345-9437.
As a senior, you should realize what you bring to the workforce is valuable and employers are in need of your experience and skills. Enhance your skills today and start a new career.
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