TSNN – Update For All Employers As We Approach March 31st
As we approach the end of the Tourism SkillsNet North program (March 31st, 2022), we wanted to touch base with you to provide an update of what to expect over the next few weeks.
Employers with Participating Employees:
Kate from NOTO and Melody from OTEC will be working together to reach out to you with regard to your employees training status. If your employee has not yet completed the instructor-led training course, or some of their self-guided training courses, we highly encourage you to work with them to ensure they complete these before March 15th, 2022. Upon the completion of their training, Kate from NOTO will reach out to you with next steps regarding the wage subsidy process.
For Seasonal Operators with Jobs Beginning After March 31st, 2022:
If you are a seasonal operator looking to hire and train employees for employment beginning after April 1st, 2022, we can still provide training to your employees before March 31st, 2022, however you will unfortunately not be eligible to claim the wage subsidy for these positions. We have submitted an application to the Ministry to extend the TSNN program. If approved, we will reach out to all seasonal employers and ask if you’d like to be moved into round 2 of the TSNN program to receive a wage subsidy. More information on our next steps can be seen in the Looking Forward section of this letter.
For Businesses Still Searching for Employees:
We want to help you find staff for your 2022 operating season. We continue to host job listings on behalf of your business on the TSNN job board and Indeed profile. We will continue to collect resumes and send them your way. If you hire any employees, we will get them trained and provide you with a wage subsidy for the time worked up to March 31st, 2022. If the employment begins after April 1st, 2022, you will unfortunately not be able to claim a wage subsidy for this employee. However, if our application for a second round of funding is approved, there will be an opportunity to receive a wage subsidy for your registered 2022 seasonal staff or other employees who are hired after March 31, 2022.
Destination Northern Ontario has submitted an application to the Ministry to host a second round of the Tourism SkillsNet North program. If approved, DNO, NOTO and OTEC will work together to provide a new suite of training programs for employees, continue to match job seekers with participating employers, provide a wage subsidy to participating employers and seasonal employers will be given the option to continue in the program for Round 2 and be eligible for a wage subsidy from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023. DNO is still waiting for a response on the application. We will advise the industry once we know more.
If you have any questions about this update, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the TSNN team.