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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Employment Ontario Open for Business

The Employment Ontario Providers in Niagara are continuing to provide services to employers, their employees and job seekers throughout these unprecedented times. All EO agencies in Niagara are open for virtual business. Staff are busy working to assist those in Niagara via phone, email, web conferencing, email and social media. We would like to encourage employers to reach out to their local agencies for any support they may need in this difficult time. Services/supports that we are continuing to provide include: 

  • Assisting employers struggling with staff shortages – as workforce is depleted due to child care/school closures and sick leave, increasing staffing rates to meet increased demands 
  • Providing guidance to those workers seeking to file on-line EI claims. Some agencies may be able to provide this assistance in multiple languages if needed. 
  • Assistance with providing consultation to employee groups being temporarily laid off  seeking basic need supports, mental health services/referrals and the like. All EO agencies are well versed in community supports that employees may need to access during the lay off period.  

Please reach out to any of the EO Providers listed below for assistance. These are all provincially funded services that are available to support our local communities through the Employment Ontario network

CERF Niagara (Francophone Provider for Niagara Region) – Suzanne Coutu; info@cerfniagara.com  905-714-1480 

Employment Help Centre Niagara Falls –  Janet Adams, Job Developer; 905-358-0021 ext 31 

Employment Help Centre West Niagara (Grimsby, Beamsville, Smithville) - Faith Lowe, Manager of Employment; flowe@employmenthelp.org  905-309-9675 

Employment Solutions Welland – Kelly Jones Program Manager; KJones@employment-solutions.org   905-788-3751 

John Howard Society Niagara Job Gym Welland & Fort Erie – Deanna Villella Manager; DVillella@jhsniagara.ca  905-732-7655 

Niagara College Community Employment Services St. Catharines – Karen Martin Job Developer; Kmartin@niagaracollege.ca  905-401-9966 

Port Cares Employment Services Port Colborne  – Andrea Boitor Job Developer; andrea.boitor@portcares.ca  905-834-3629 ext 278 

YMCA of Niagara Employment and Immigrant Services St. Catharines, Niagara Falls & Thorold – Kelli Wales Program Coordinator; kelli.wales@niagara.ymca.ca  289-696-6872