Employment & Training

The Employment and Training department provides a full range of effective services, from literacy programs to employment services. Through our programs we are committed to supporting individuals as they make changes to increase opportunities for success in their lives.

Pre Employment and Training:


Pre-Employment and Training Programs

The Pre-Employment Training (PET) Programs provide essential skills training to prepare individuals for employment, further education and training, and movement towards personal independence goals. Programs offer individualized, goal-oriented training in reading, writing, numeracy and computer skills. Workshops are also offered to enhance communication skills and self-advocacy skills as well as self-management and self-direction skills.

Location: Main Office

PET Skills (Skills Plus)

PET Skills helps to achieve education, training and employment goals by offering services that assist in improving reading, writing, numeracy and computer skills. Instruction is offered through individualized learning and small group workshops. This program offers flexible times and allows individuals to work at their own pace.

PET Links (ACElinks)

PET links is a part-time, academic upgrading program that prepares for post-secondary college education, apprenticeship, and work. Courses lead to the Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate which is recognized by community colleges, apprenticeships and employers. This program offers individualized learning delivered by an Algonquin College teacher and a transition coach to help identify career goals and develop a plan for further training and/or employment.

PET Pass (Equi-pass)

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PET Reach (Outreach)

These free programs respond to an identified need in the community for "drop-in" literacy services for those who do not wish to register in a formalized program. It is open to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, including individuals living in poverty, facing mental health issues and/or learning disabilities. The focus of the program is on skill acquisition and the provision of literacy help to those that do not ordinarily have access to any educational services. It also provides employment preparation and job search assistance.


Location: Meadow Creek, Royal Ottawa Hospital & Anchorage, Salvation Army

The ARCHES Program connects individuals who have mental health and addiction issues back to the workforce. Clients who are ready for employment are assisted with searching and applying for jobs and with maintaining their positions as part of their healthy recovery. For others, the support needed is more preparatory, and is determined on an individualized basis, using a supportive model approach. The Program also engages in broader community development activities and works along with other organizations to break down stigmas about mental health and to remove the barriers and discrimination that people in recovery frequently face.

Buck Up! Feel Better About Your Finances

Location: JHS Main Office, JHS Residences, Shepherds of Good Hope, The Ottawa Mission

This Financial Literacy Program targets low income and economically disadvantaged persons in Ottawa in order to help them develop skills, knowledge and confidence in financial issues. Our objective is to make our audience comfortable with making financial decisions that build towards a more positive future. We use innovative methods that our clients can access readily and help them grow their personal financial capabilities. "Buck-Up!" incorporates personal mentoring to help develop skills for managing money on a daily basis and also help to plan for future financial needs.

Early Intervention Employment Skills Training

Location: Rideauwood Addiction & Family Services

This program provides services to individuals participating in Drug Treatment Court. The program explores the employment and education readiness of the participants and identifies barriers and strengths that exist. The main goal of the program is to equip clients with the necessary skills for employment, education and life. The program delivery incorporates group learning and one on one support.

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Location: Lowertown Good Neighbours Community House

This program provides on-site literacy services, including "survival" literacy skills, life skills, communication skills & pre-employment skills training. Volunteers work collaboratively with our Outreach Literacy Worker to help build a stronger community.

Contact Information for all PET Programs:

Contact: Jan Goatcher
Phone: 613-789-7418
Email: jang@jhsottawa.ca

Pet Programs are funded by the Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities, United Way and Social Enterpise and Development Initiative (SEDI)/TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund


Our Employment Programs provide individuals with assistance to prepare for, find and keep employment. Both the Employment Service and Hire Power programs offer individualized, goal-oriented assistance along with workshops on various topics, including resume writing, job search/networking, interview skills, shining on the job, Apprenticeship and trades. Smart Serve and WHMIS workshops provide certification, and are also available on-line. Workshops are offered in the community, schools and on-site. During the Spring and Summer, we provide employment assistance to students through our Summer Jobs Service program. In addition, employers are assisted with their hiring needs throughout the year with job fairs and access to training incentives.

Hire Power Employment Services

Phone: 613-789-7418
Fax: 613-789-7431
Email: nthompson@jhsottawa.ca, dbellware@jhsottawa.ca
Contact Neally Thompson or Deborah Bellware


550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 5L5

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Program Description:

Assists individuals who have been in conflict with the law, or at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system, to prepare for, obtain & maintain meaningful employment.

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Community Employment Resource Centre

Phone: 613-828-2123
Fax: 613-828-2683
Email: kgress@cercottawa.ca
Web: www.cercottawa.ca
Contact: Kristy Gress


415 Hazeldean Road
Kanata, ON
K2L 4C6

Hours of Operation:

Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Friday : 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Program Description:

The Community Employment Resource Centre, through the Employment Service program, assists individuals to access training, and prepare for, find and maintain employment. It also provides assistance to employers to find and hire qualified employees. The Resource room offers a welcoming environment for individuals with information, resources and 11 computers available for public use.

Program objectives/goal:

To provide free employment services to job seekers in the west end of Ottawa, and to assist employers to meet their hiring needs.

Target population:

Individuals of all ages can access our services.

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Available resources include:

Employer services:

Referral Source/Information for clients to become involved:
Walk – In service


“Thank you for all your help with getting my resume up to par and sending me in the right direction for employment….it is an excellent service. I will definitely recommend it to my friends”. Joey

This Employment Ontario program is funded by the government of Ontario