Links to Health - Eastern Ontario Inc.

Service Provider For Employment Supports Ontario Disability Support Program

Employment Supports Program
The Employment Supports Program provides services and supports that people with disabilities need to obtain and keep jobs.  it serves a diverse group of individuals with a wide range of disabilities and interests.  Below is the list of supports designed to assist in the hiring and training of individuals with a disability.

Skill Training
If an individual needs specific training to function in your worplace, this could be provided.  If, for example, an individual needs to know a specific compurter application, our progran will assist with getting the appropriate training.

Licensing and Certification
The Employment Supports Program may be able to cover certification/licensing costs required to enable a person to work in a particular profession or occupation.  It is important to note, however, that license/certification/exam fees related to OSAP eligible education programs are not eligible for employment supports.

Job Trials ( 2 - 6 weeks)
Considered a valid step towards employment these unpaid placements may also be used for people who have completed training programs but have limited experience or lack references.  Placements can be full-time or part-time and provide adequate supervision and training.  The employer is not responsibile for Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage.

On to Job Training
This is a job placement in which there is an employers-employee relationship and an expectation of continued employment after the training period.  The worker is paid directly by the employer; the employer can be reimbursed 40 - 60 % of the hourly wage during the training period, up to a maximum of six months.  It is the employer's responsibility to provided WSIB coverage.

Other Supports Include:

Unpaid Work Experience
Special Clothing
Job Coaching
Employed Applicants 

Obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code
An employer has obligations under the Human Rights Code to accommodate and individual with disabilities in the workplace.  Where an employer can demonstrate that the cost of an accommodation would create financial hardship, financial assistance from the Employment Supports Program may be negotiated.

It may be important to you as an employer to have access to support in hiring a person with a disability.  People with disabilities are ready, willing and able to make a contribution to your organization.  With supports and creative thinking, solutions can be found to address disability-related barriers to employment and to ensure that people with disabilities are included as a valuable resource in the work place.

Links to Health has been a member since May 10th 2012


124 Hastings St N., Unit 3, P.O. Box 459
Bancroft, Ontario, Canada
K0J 1C0


Phone: 1-877-525-2142
Fax: 613-332-1520