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 Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) to provide work experience to Ontario’s 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 or maintain job skills, to expand a network of contacts, and to maintain an active resume.

Eligibility for JCP:

Candidate eligibility for JCP is determined according to the following criteria:

  1. An unemployed job seeker or those employed less than 20 hours per week
  2. A permanent resident living in Ontario who is legally authorized to work in Canada

In addition, candidates must meet, and have documentation for, at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have an active Employment Insurance (EI) claim or
  • Previously established an EI benefit period within the last five years or
  • Paid employee payroll premiums (EI premiums – Box 18 on your T4) in at least three of the previous ten years (where earnings have been at least $2K in each of those years or
  • Received the Employment Insurance Emergency Response benefit (CERB) within the previous five year

NOTE 1: Those registered in full-time academic studies are not eligible to be considered.

NOTE 2: If you are eligible to receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits you must apply for those benefits in advance of JCP participation.


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