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Nipissing project aims to create 100 jobs

Additional funding for an ongoing program is providing incentives for new hires.
A new pilot project in the Nipissing District is providing financial incentives to employers willing to hire workers with their desired skill sets.

A new pilot project in the Nipissing District is aiming to create 100 jobs in the area by matching workers with employers.

Since 2007, the matching database has paired people looking for work with employers who require workers with a desired skill set.

Under the new pilot project, employers could be eligible for up to $4,500 per new hire as an incentive to offset the cost of hiring an employee seeking work.

The pilot is a joint initiative of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce and the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB).

“We saw that connecting people to employment and growing our local businesses requires a more creative an efficient approach,” said Mark King, chair of the administration board, in a release.

The program is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses that may not have the resources to “search out, interview and hire skilled workers,” said the release.

“We now have a program that enhances the skilled coordination provided by the Chamber and the DNSSAB staff to make the match in the workforce, thereby increasing successful outcomes,” said Chamber executive director Patti Carr, in the release.

“There is great value and potential in connecting directly with employers.”

The program kicks off on Feb. 1.