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Pre-Employment Background Checks

Programs that investigate the backgrounds of job applicants (with their permission) with the objective of discouraging applicants with criminal records or falsified credentials. Most pre-screening programs examine court records relating to the individual's civil and criminal history, their driving record and their credit history; conduct drug tests; verify their educational records, previous work experience, Social Insurance Number and professional licences; and provide a report which summarizes their findings relative to job suitability.

Business Opportunity/Employment Fraud Reporting

ograms that provide a hotline or other mechanisms for people to report fraud involving bogus business opportunities including work-at-home businesses like stuffing envelopes, franchise purchases, Internet start-ups, multi-level marketing plans that turn out to be pyramid schemes, unhelpful investment and business opportunity seminars, payment for the promise of a government or mystery shopper job and other offers that make big claims about what one can earn

Business Opportunity/Employment Fraud Reporting

Programs that provide a hotline or other mechanisms for people to report fraud involving bogus business opportunities including work-at-home businesses like stuffing envelopes, franchise purchases, Internet start-ups, multi-level marketing plans that turn out to be pyramid schemes, unhelpful investment and business opportunity seminars, payment for the promise of a government or mystery shopper job and other offers that make big claims about what one can earn.

Employment Related Transportation

Programs that provide transportation, generally by automobile or van, for people who need to go to a job interview, need a reliable way to get to and from work in a timely manner, participate in work-related training sessions or engage in other similar activities, and have no other options. Some programs may work with designated populations such as low-wage earners, older workers, people with disabilities, veterans or homeless families; and other eligibility criteria may apply.

Career Counselling

Programs that provide information and guidance for people who need to evaluate their aptitude, abilities and interests in order to choose a vocation or career and select the type of training that will enable them to obtain and progress in positions in the public or private sector that are productive and fulfilling.

Job Interview Training

Programs that provide individual or group training for people who want to learn to be effective in job interview situations.

Job Readiness

Programs that provide individual or group training for people who want to learn the behaviours and techniques that are required for job retention. The training addresses regular attendance, punctuality, appropriate dress, adapting to supervision, employee rights and responsibilities and other similar topics. Included are job readiness programs for people who are seeking employment and postemployment programs that help people keep their job.

Welfare to Work Programs

Programs operated by provincial agencies or local jurisdictions that offer employment training and supportive services (such as child care, transportation costs, ancillary expenses and personal counselling) for people who are receiving public assistance in an effort to help them become self-supporting. Private organizations, often under contract with a public agency, may be involved in both the provision of training and on-the-job work experience (including volunteering in nonprofit agencies). Public assistance recipients are required to participate in designated program activities a minimum number of hours per week in order to receive their monthly income support payment and supplemental payments for support services.

Student Career Counselling

Programs staffed by on-campus career counsellors who provide advice and guidance that helps high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and sometimes alumni explore career options and make good career-related decisions. Career counsellors support young people in gaining a better understanding of what really matters to them and, in many settings, can work with academic counsellors to ensure that the course of studies they select supports their long range career goals. Career counsellors can help clients develop strategies and skills in exploring career options, evaluate career values and create a career path; and later, many can help students who are ready to launch a career identify and apply for jobs, network, interview and create a balance between work and a personal life.

Career Exploration

Programs that provide opportunities for people to investigate their occupational interests through simulated job experiences such as role playing; career mentoring, i.e., pairing professionals and people interested in that occupation; and job shadowing, a work-based learning experience that allows a visitor to follow a host during a typical day (or other period of time) observing and asking questions about a particular career. Also included are police explorer programs, fire cadet explorer programs, and other similar groups which provide opportunities for youth who may be interested in pursuing a career in these fields as adults to gain experience in the area.