JCP Overview

What is the Job Creation Partnerships (JCP) Program?

JCP is an employment program offered in partnership by Ottawa Festival Network (OFN) and the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) to provide work experience to unemployed job seekers.  The JCP program provides opportunities to work on projects that benefit the community or local economy while providing participants opportunities to acquire new skills and/or keep existing skills current, to expand a network of contacts, and to maintain an active resume.

Eligibility for JCP:

Prior to an interview with OFN, JCP candidate eligibility is determined according to the following criteria:

  1. Candidates must be a resident, living in Ontario
  2. Candidates may not leave employment to participate in JCP. Part time employment can coincide with the JCP program participation
  3. Candidates may not be full time students. Part time students may apply.

In addition, candidates must meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  1. An unemployed person living in Ontario who has paid Employment Insurance (EI) premiums (through payroll deductions) in at least 5 of the last 10 years and earned an total annual income in excess of $2000 in each calendar year, or
  2. An unemployed person living in Ontario who established an Employment Insurance (EI) regular benefit claim within the last 3 years, or
  3. An unemployed person living in Ontario who established an Employment Insurance (EI) maternity or parental benefit claim within the last five years and are re-entering the labour force

NOTE:  If you are eligible to receive Employment Insurance claim benefits you must apply for those benefits first.  Some exceptions to the above criteria may apply in some circumstances.

JCP Process:

  • Once a candidate has been determined eligible for JCP, an interview with OFN is scheduled
  • If deemed appropriate for JCP, candidate resumes will be reviewed by one or more festival directors
  • Selected candidates will be contacted by festival directors for secondary interviews
  • Festival directors will extend offers of employment in JCP to candidates. Start dates are typically within two weeks of an extended offer
  • Candidates will contact OFN immediately if an offer has been extended and accepted
  • Candidates will complete an application for JCP under the guidance of an Employment Ontario (EO) Service Centre
  • The EO Service Center will forward the application to MLTSD for review and approval
  • Please note that MLTSD provides final JCP approval

Contract Highlights:

  • Participants work 32 hours per week (typically, four 8 hour business days Monday to Friday). Hours worked in excess of 32 per week are remunerated by time off in lieu at a later agreed upon time
  • Most JCP contracts with OFN will be 26 weeks (6 months)
  • Participants are paid by MLTSD at a weekly rate of $570 (gross) which equates to $17.81 per hour. Payments are provided to participants on a biweekly basis.  If an EI benefit claim is still active, that program payment continues to be provided by Service Canada and in this case, depending on the Service Canada payment amount, MLTSD may or may not make an additional top up payment.  Contact OFN to discuss your individual circumstances if your EI benefit claim is active
  • Participants work schedules are generally four days during a Monday to Friday work week however work schedules may vary occasionally to accommodate events, special meetings, festival setup, and festival take-down
  • Participants work onsite at the festival office – working from home on a regular basis is not allowed
  • Participants must follow and respect all festival office procedures and guidelines and receive direction from, a festival supervisor

Employment Ontario (EO) Service Centres and MLTSD:

  • Once a festival director has selected a candidate for a position, the festival will contact the candidate and extend the offer of JCP program employment. Upon acceptance, an offer notification will be forwarded to the HR Manager of OFN by the festival who will then contact the candidate to review the next steps which are outlined below
  • OFN will guide the candidate to an EO Service Centre for the preparation of the JCP application if a center has not been previously selected by the candidate
  • If a candidate need to contact an EO Service Centre to set up the appointment, candidates must inform the designated service site of the offer of JCP employment
  • It is important to secure an appointment with an EO Service Centre within several days after the job offer. Candidates must notify OFN of the appointment time, the counselor’s name, and if there are any appointment delays
  • Candidates are given the opportunity to discuss the JCP position with their employment counselor as to how it fits with career goals
  • The EO Service Centre will forward the completed JCP application and supporting documentation to MLTSD for approval


  • OFN will advise MLTSD each week of pending applicants for participation in JCP
  • MLTSD will advise OFN once the application is received
  • Upon JCP approval, MLTSD will schedule an appointment for the participant to sign a JCP contract
  • Contract signing appointments are usually Thursday or Friday each week, JCP contracts officially begin on Monday’s and officially end on Friday’s

Hiring Festival:

  • Once MLTSD has completed the documentation process, candidates may begin with the festival
  • Candidates may not work or volunteer for the festival in advance of a pending JCP application decision
  • Ottawa Festivals will confirm the official start date with both the hiring festival and JCP candidate

Employment Ontario Service Centres (The most up to date list of centres can be found on Employment Ontario’s website).

Area Service Provider Address Telephone Fax
West ITO 2.0 Employment Services 301 Moodie Dr. #203 613-688-0440 613-688-0444
Pinecrest Queensway Employment Centre 2525 Carling Avenue 613-288-3880 613-288-3881
Community Employment Resource Centre 415 Hazeldean Rd 613-828-2123 613-828-2683
YMCA-YWCA 1642 Merivale Rd. 2nd Flr 613-688.2150 613-688.2166
Downtown City of Ottawa / Ville d’Ottawa 370 Catherine St., 1st Floor 613-560-0622 x 26402 613-744-2320
YMCA-YWCA 150 Isabella Street, Suite 201 613-788-5001 613-788-5051
St. Lawrence College / Collège St. Lawrence 71 Bank Street, 5th floor after July 2019 200 Elgin Suite 903 613-232-0022 x1770 613-232-0025
East Agilec (formerly Northern Lights Canada) 1900 City Park Dr, Suite100 613-688-3670 613-288-0782
Centre des services communautaires Vanier 270 rue Marier Ave 613-742-4400 613-744-2902
La Cité Collégiale 240 boulevard Centrum 613-741-9042 613-834-6648
South YSB Employment Services / Services d’emploi du BSJ 1355 Bank Street, 7th Floor,  Suite 703 613-236-8244 613-236-4640

This program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario