Service Providers

There are many Employment Ontario Service Providers offering employment services for free in your community. Below you will find information about which service providers are operating within Durham Region and what services they provide.

Employment Ontario

Employment Ontario offers several free services such as comprehensive employment and job search services, assessment of skills, interests and experience, strategies for job searching (including resume preparation and information about careers and occupations), local labour market information, employment and training opportunities, on-the-job training, work experience,  help in maintaining employment , information and referral to other employment and community services.

An employment advisor can help you develop employability skills, job search techniques, set goals, and connect you with the appropriate resources most suitable to your unique needs. A breakdown of these services can be seen below:

Job Development

Personalized job search, job matching and placement, and job retention services. Funding may be available to assist clients during job transition.

Second Career Program

Skills training to gain qualifications for a new career and financial support for laid-off workers.

Youth Employment Services

A variety of specialized programs for youth aged 15 to 29 who experience multiple and/or complex barriers to employment including intensive supports beyond traditional job search and placement opportunities. Services can include paid pre-employment training to promote job-readiness; job matching and paid job placements, with placement supports for participants and hiring incentives for employers; mentorship services; and education and work transitions supports.

Other specialized services deliver career exploration services; career management services to improve readiness for the labour market; and job search, readiness and matching assistance. These services include both year round and summer components.


Service providers deliver a variety of workshops including:

  • Interview Skills
  • Job Search Techniques
  • Second Career Information/Orientation Session
  • Trade Talk
  • Alternative Training and Certifications
  • LinkedIn Workshop
  • Budgeting 101

Eligibility Requirements

Self-service information and resources: Anyone, including people with jobs, those who are under-employed, people looking for work, students, apprentices, internationally trained individuals, employers

Assisted Services (such as supported job search, job matching and placement, job retention services): People who are unemployed, underemployed and out of school


To sign up with an Employment Service program, individuals can contact any service provider by phone or email and self-refer for an intake appointment.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us.

Service Provider Spotlight

Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre

The Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre (DRUHC) has locations in Oshawa and Pickering. DRUHC is dedicated to assisting unemployed or underemployed people in meeting their employment goals. They are known for their high success rate in helping job seekers and a 99% satisfaction rating from employers, as well as ensuring they reflect the diversity of the community.Service Provider


DRUHC has several resources that can be found here: