Community Employment Services

Algonquin College’s Community Employment Services in Pembroke provides employment assistance to individuals who are looking for work or re-training opportunities. We offer services in both English and French.

Individuals who are seeking assistance in finding work are welcome to use our services.

Here is a full list of the programs that we offer at our Pembroke Community Employment Services office:

Employment Services:  This is our main program and it supports people of all ages and backgrounds with securing employment and career information. The program is designed to offer the rights supports based on client need. Some of our clients require the assistance of our resource centre, while other will work closely with an Employment Consultant to build a return to work action plan that include a subsidized work experience with a local employer.

Canada-Ontario Job Grant:  This program provides an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce. The grant offers direct financial support of up to two-thirds of the costs to individual employers who wish to purchase training to further develop their employees’ skills.

Second Career:  This program is intended to support individuals who have lost their jobs because of downsizing or layoffs within their employment sector and are struggling to find a new job that matches their skill set.  Clients who are motivated to attend college to receive training in a new sector specific occupation may qualify for funding to pay their educational costs.

Skills Link Youth Employment Program:  This program provides and opportunity for employers to help a young person gain workplace experience through a subsidized full-time work placement. Prior to beginning their work placement, the program participants have taken part in a structured workshop program for three weeks that includes industry recognized safety training such as WHMIS and Fall Protection Awareness. Program participants are 15 to 30 years old.

Student working on learning strategies

Career Focus Program: This program supports new post-secondary graduates with securing employment within their field of study.  The program can assist employers with the training costs associated with hiring a new graduate for up to six months.  Graduates under the age of 30 are eligible for this program.

Experience Ontario: This program is designed to provide recent high school graduates with career exploration opportunities in order to assist them in determining their post-secondary education pathway with greater confidence.  The program includes paid work place experiences and career counselling support.

Youth Job Connection & Youth Job Connection-Summer Programs: These two programs help young people between the ages of 15 and 29 who face significant barriers to finding employment. They provide access to structured workshops and employment counselling along with education/training and work experiences. Participants take part in up to 60 hours of customized programming that suits their needs before engaging in a work place experience.

Youth Job Link:  This program provides youth, including high school students, between the ages of 15 and 29 with support in finding employment and accessing career resources and information. The program is designed for young people who are confident in finding work, but need a bit more help to secure work.


Location: 141 Lake Street in Pembroke’s downtown.

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m
Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m
Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m
Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m
Saturday: every 5th Saturday (Please contact for more information)
Sunday: Closed

Phone Number: 613-735-4308
Fax Number: 613-635-4862            


This Employment Ontario service is funded, in part, by the Government of Canada, and the Government of Ontario.