When it comes to finding students and recent grads to expand your workforce, career fairs provide a unique opportunity for employers to gain face-to-face exposure to relevant and engaged talent. Every year, college and university campuses host job fairs to support professional networking and recruitment opportunities for students and Canadian businesses.
By participating in these events, businesses can promote their company, network with other organizations, and recruit new employees.
Career fairs are typically one-day events where businesses can set up a booth and interact with the campus’ student body and/or recent grads. Colleges and universities are filled with knowledgeable, skilled youth that are eager to start developing a career path. Through these events, businesses can generate an ideal list of potential candidates by exposing their company and brand to an interested audience.
For many employers, career fairs are an ideal venue for the initial screening of job candidates. Based on the face-to-face interactions that take place, employers may decide to request first-round interviews or even extend job offers.
Ontario Career Fairs to Attend in Fall 2019
Employers have many opportunities to connect with post-secondary students and alumni. Check out the following career fairs taking place throughout Fall 2019.
Can’t attend a career fair? Download the How to Recruit Top Talent slide deck to learn about job boards for hiring students and recent graduates.
(Brampton) Those interested in jobs within manual work and trades sectors are encouraged to attend the Brampton Blue Collar Career Fair. Represented industries include food processing, technical installation, manufacturing, mining, and construction.
Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Courtyard Marriott Hotel – 90 Biscayne Crescent, Brampton, ON L6W 4S1
(Hamilton) HireCanada’s Job Fair & Training Expo provides a professional setting for candidates to meet and network with career advisors, recruiters, and college and university admissions staff face to face. Available positions range from electricians, machine operators, accountants, and careers with the Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Navy.
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Hamilton Convention Centre – 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y2
(Toronto) The Canada Job Expo is a great event to attend whether you are a graduate, unemployed, new to Canada, or just looking to change career paths. Past events have included major employers like Apple Canada, Air Canada, CIBC, and Roger Communications. This is the GTA’s most attended job and career fair, providing a successful day of professional interactions, networking, and learning.
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Location: North York Memorial Hall – 5110 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M2N 7J8
(Toronto) Get the chance to speak directly with hiring managers and network with employer exhibitors at the Toronto Career Fair and Training Expo. Attend to learn about exciting new career options and receive valuable insight about how to land your ideal job.
Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Time: 10:00am – 3:30pm
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre – 255 Front Street West North Building (Room 205 & 206) Toronto, ON M5V 2W6
(London) Over 40 hiring companies and employment agencies with 1500+ open positions will be at the London and Area Works Job Fair, looking forward to meeting and networking with enthusiastic job seekers. There will be a variety of industries represented such as transportation, manufacturing, marketing, healthcare, and insurance.
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Time: 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Western Fair Agriplex – 845 Florence St., London, ON N5W 6G6
(Mississauga) The TorontoJobs.ca Career Fair gives job seekers a chance to network and access hundreds of open job opportunities within the Greater Toronto Area. Exhibitors are seeking candidates in a variety of fields including accounting, sales, finance, customer service, manufacturing, IT, administration, marketing, and more.
Date: Wednesday, Sept 25, 2019
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Living Arts Centre – 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga, ON, L5B 0A1
(Waterloo) This career fair is Canada’s largest collaborative P4E career fair, bringing together the University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University, University of Guelph, and Conestoga College. This Ontario job fair event was first established in 1994 and attracts over 2,500 students and alumni from these four Ontario-based academic institutions. Please Note: Only students and alumni from the participating post-secondary institutions are eligible to attend the P4E Career Fair.
Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Time: 11:00am – 3:30pm
Location: Manulife Sportsplex at RIM Park – 2001 University Avenue East, Waterloo, ON N2K 4K4
(Mississauga) The Experience Your Life Expo is one of the largest university/college students and young professionals’ employment and entrepreneurship events in Canada and has one of the highest representations of federal, provincial, and municipal employers and programs. Some of the 2018 exhibitors included the Canadian Armed Forces, Royal Canadian Navy, Toronto Police Service, and the Federal Economic Development Agency of Canada.
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Novotel Hotel Mississauga – 3670 Hurontario St., Mississauga, ON L5B 1P3
Recruiting Resources to Find Top Talent for Your Workforce
Finding the right employees can be challenging and employers often find it overwhelming when trying to find the right candidates. If you’re unable to attend an upcoming career fair, there are still other opportunities for you to learn more about recruiting top talent. Developing a strategic hiring process ensures your business can attract and retain employees that will help you grow and succeed.
Download Mentor Works’ How to Find and Recruit Top Talent slide deck to discover recruiting methods and opportunities for your business.