Hiring Employees

Speak to our advisors to learn more about how and when to hire employees. Your employees are an important element to business success. Explore a variety of hiring resources and best practices, and download our Guide to Hiring Employees.

FedDev Ontario – Small Business Services also offers multilingual business guides in 15 languages. Click below to access these resources.

Federal hiring resources 

The Government of Canada provides helpful information on hiring and managing employees and other resources. 

Learn more about Canadians’ rights in the workplace, including rights for foreign workers, the Canada Labour Code, Employment Equity Act and Canadian Human Rights Act. 

Federal labour standards

Discover available resources and information on federal labour standards, such as employment conditions for hours of work, payment of wages, leaves, vacation, holidays and more. 

Ontario Employment Standards Act 

Learn more about your rights and responsibilities through the Employment Standards Act such as employment conditions for minimum wage, hours of work limits, pregnancy and parental leave and termination of employment and more. 

Workforce WindsorEssex 

Workforce WindsorEssex  is your one-stop-shop for finding employees in the Windsor and Essex area. They offer a variety of resources to help connect businesses with skilled employees. Check out their Small Business Recruitment & Retention Guide and hiring tools that includes a talent map, job fair notices and research tools.  


Riipen is an easy-to-use platform that helps you achieve business and purpose goals. Connect with a pool of forward-thinking student talent to get projects done — at no cost to you. All while helping to shape the future of work and perhaps even your next inspired recruit. 

Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Service 

The Government of Canada has launched the  Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Service  to help and support small and medium-sized employers (SMEs) to hire new first-year apprentices at level 1 in 39 Red Seal trades. There are  four providers of the program in Ontario , these organizations give financial support to small and medium-sized employers to hire first-year apprentices: $5,000 for each eligible new first-year apprentice hired and $10,000 if the apprentice hired is from an equity-deserving group. They also provide other supports to employers to help them take part in apprenticeship. 

WILL Immploy  

WILL Immploy is a project of WILL Employment Solutions, a non-profit organization serving Southwestern Ontario to drive innovative employment solutions that bring immigrants and employers together. 

WILL Employment Solutions also offers the Newcomer TalentRetention Network (NTRN) which supports employers that are committed to building and diversifying their workforce. The program is fully funded by IRCC

DiscoverAbility Network 

DiscoverAbility Network is a free portal that helps job seekers with disabilities match with meaningful employment opportunities and offers employers resources to help them hire and retain persons with disabilities and foster inclusive workplaces. 

Setting up your payroll 

Once you’ve hired employees, you need to set up the payroll. Visit Revenue Canada for information on how to: 

  • Set up a new employee 
  • Open a payroll program account 
  • Calculate deductions and contributions 
  • Submit payroll information returns