IRAP Mid-Size Projects: Innovation Research Grants for Business R&D
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IRAP Mid-Size Projects: Innovation Research Grants for Business R&D

Update: The National Research Council (NRC) now offers project-based funding through a single Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP). Please visit the NRC-IRAP Research Project Contributions page for more information. Businesses with substantial internal research and development projects may access a variety of Canadian government funding options. Available at the federal and provincial levels, research grants…

4 Ways Managers Can Make Workplace Training More Valuable
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4 Ways Managers Can Make Workplace Training More Valuable

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the following article are those of the guest author and do not represent or reflect Mentor Works Ltd. It’s official that proper business training and development pays off for everyone – employees, employers and companies. Not only does training develop employee skills, it also has been proven to…

The 2 Best Ways to Advance your Career with Continuous Learning
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The 2 Best Ways to Advance your Career with Continuous Learning

A key way to make yourself more employable, or to move up the corporate ladder, is to ensure that you’re always developing your skillsets through continuous learning. Regardless of the topic or your mastery of the subject, putting out the effort to learn new skills will help show your initiative and ultimately help you achieve…

Hiring New Employees: 4 Practical Tips to Ensuring a Good Fit
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Hiring New Employees: 4 Practical Tips to Ensuring a Good Fit

While I am not a certified human resources professional, I have had several opportunities throughout my career to screen, interview, and hire employees. I hired my first employee in 1991 and have gone through the process of finding the ‘right’ candidate several times since then. Although my background is geared towards science, research and development,…

Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit: Wage Subsidies for Business
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Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit: Wage Subsidies for Business

During the spring and summer months each year, businesses across Ontario aggressively pursue government funding programs to hire students and post-secondary graduates. Among their many options, which include wage subsidies such as government grants and tax credits, businesses can strategically reduce their labour costs while also developing youth talent. The Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit…

Workplace Training Success: Practical Strategies from Star Wars
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Workplace Training Success: Practical Strategies from Star Wars

I know. I know. The Star Wars saga has been twisted for so many different purposes that it is fraying at the seams of its space pajamas. One could argue, though, that Star Wars is obsessed with training: the dynamics between learners and teachers, the universal benefits of excellent training, and the unfortunate consequences (to…

Record Number of Businesses Apply for Canada Summer Jobs Hiring Grants
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Record Number of Businesses Apply for Canada Summer Jobs Hiring Grants

Editor’s Note: Details of the Canada Summer Jobs program are subject to change at any time; details on this page were accurate as of the posting date. To learn about current program details, please contact Mentor Works or visit canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/youth-summer-job. Wage subsidies are a popular option for businesses looking to reduce employment costs and improve the…

Cultivate Business Success through Workplace Disciplines
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Cultivate Business Success through Workplace Disciplines

Our clients are always teaching us about game-changing behaviours. During the first quarter of 2016, I focused on the disciplines of some businesses and how this helps them to grow and achieve more than their competitors. I recognized that most of the top companies possess effective and highly functioning professional teams with the right skills,…

CTMA’s Apprentice Bursary Awards Reduce Manufacturing Labour Gap
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CTMA’s Apprentice Bursary Awards Reduce Manufacturing Labour Gap

The Canadian economy’s success is heavily dependent on the contributions made from the manufacturing industry. Creating high-value, high-paying jobs in manufacturing (especially advanced manufacturing jobs) will ensure that Canada is able to remain competitive with other nations in coming years. However, before Canada reaches this vision, it must ensure that there is enough skilled labour…