JCP Overview

What is the Ontario Job Creation Partnerships (OJCP) Program?

OJCP is an employment program offered in partnership by Ottawa Festival Network (OFN) and the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (MTCU) to provide work experience to unemployed job seekers.  The OJCP 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, 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:  There are some exceptions to the above criteria including those who received a refund for the EI premiums paid through payroll deductions.

OJCP 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 Centre will forward the application to MTCU for review and approval
  • Please note that MTCU provides final JCP approval

Highlights:

  • Participants work 30 hours per week (typically, four 7.5 hour days). Hours worked in excess of 30 per week are remunerated by time off in lieu
  • Most JCP contracts with OFN will be 26 weeks (6 months)
  • Participants are paid by MTCU at a weekly rate of $423 (gross) which equates to $14.10 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; in this case, MTCU may or may not make an additional 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 takedown
  • 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
  • Participants report to, and receive direction from, a festival supervisor

Employment Ontario (EO) Service Centres and MTCU:

  • 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 contact the candidate to review the next steps outlined below
  • OFN will guide the candidate to an EO Service Centre for the preparation of the JCP application if a centre has not been previously selected
  • If candidates 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 MTCU for approval

MTCU

  • OFN will advise MTCU each week of pending applicants for participation in JCP
  • MTCU will advise OFN once the application is received
  • Upon JCP approval, MTCU 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 MTCU 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

AREA SERVICE PROVIDERS Address Telephone Fax
WEST ITO 2.0 Employment Services 301 Moodie Dr. #203 613-688-0440 613-688-0444
OUEST 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
CENTREVILLE YMCA-YWCA 180 Argyle Street 4th Floor 613-788-5001 613-788-5051
St. Lawrence College / Collège St. Lawrence 71 Bank Street, 5th floor 613-232-0022 x1770 613-232-0025
EAST Agilec (formerly Northern Lights Canada) 1900 City Park Dr, Suite100 613-688-3670 613-288-0782
EST 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/SUD YSB Employment Services / Services d’emploi du BSJ 1355 Bank Street, 7th Floor,  Suite 703 613-236-8244 613-236-4640

 

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

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