Employment Services

Information about the various employment supports that are available. Supports include resources to secure employment and upgrading opportunities.

COVID-19 Announcement:

Our offices are closed to the public. Programs and services are open virtually with most services related to Ontario Works being provided by phone, fax, and email. Some in person service appointments will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please call your nearest Bruce County office at the numbers below for any inquires or for more information.

Walkerton: 519-881-0431

Kincardine: 519-396-2116

Port Elgin: 519-389-5580

Wiarton: 519-534-1286

employment services

Learning Earning and Parenting (LEAP): Parents between the ages of 16-25 who have not completed secondary school are eligible to participate in the LEAP program. Participation in LEAP is mandatory for benefit receiving parents aged 16 and 17. LEAP participants are provided with supports to cover expenses associated with child care and school expenses. A bursary of $500 is awarded to a participant who completes the LEAP requirements.

Employment Benefits: Funds may be issued to recipients of Ontario Works who have mandatory requirements to participant in employment activities. The funds cover employment related expenses as a person progresses toward sustainable employment.  Employment benefits may include:

  • Full-Time Employment Benefit (max of $500 in a 12-month period);
  • Employment & Employment Assistance Activities Benefit (max of $253 in a 12-month period);
  • Employment Related Expenses (max of $250 per month);
  • Advance Child Care Payment (actual cost incurred for licensed child care program and a max of $600 for unlicensed child care)

Hubs: Hubs are located in Kincardine, Port Elgin and Wiarton.  An Employment Counsellor assesses a recipient’s employability and develops a case plan that will lead to self-reliance. The Hub offers services to assist job seekers to find employment by offering services such as: job referrals, job search strategies, referrals to VPI, and local labour market information.


Contact us
Aryn Becker
Income Support Supervisor
Human Services
Location:  Walkerton Administration Centre Tel:  519-881-0431


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