Looking for work is hard work.

We’ve all been there. If you’ve been job searching for a while, we can speed things up. If your interview skills need an upgrade, we’ll get you from beginner to pro. If connection with employers is what you’re missing, that’s what we do best!

50

On average, OFE job seekers find work in less than 50 days.

22%

On average, OFE job seekers earn 22% more than minimum wage.

1500

1500 free seats are offered in our basic to advanced computer programs each year.

OUR JOB SEEKERS

Lisa, Electrical Validation Engineer

When I came to OFE, I found the structure to be very motivating and the intentionality behind OFE’s job search plan creates a solid foundation for an effective job search. Being with other job seekers reduced the feelings of isolation I had been experiencing and the strong encouragement from the staff re-affirmed my confidence to seek new employment. Through the process, I engaged in workshops, which helped me to identify my strengths and transferrable skills, and this broadened the scope of my job search, resulting in me finding a job that exceeded my expectations.

Peter, Weld Inspector/Supervisor

After 30 years with the same employer, I lost my job after it was outsourced to Mexico and the USA.  Having not job searched for decades, I knew I needed professional advice and support.  At OFE, I worked with my Employment Consultant to develop a plan and my program involvement provided me with the confidence and ability to pursue and quickly land suitable employment.  I sincerely appreciate the entire OFE team for the support and professional approach to this new chapter in my life.

Eduardo, Retail Manager

Coming to OFE was my first step in finding employment. I was scared at first, but listening to the staff and especially my classmates, who were experiencing very similar obstacles as me, helped me realize it’s not just me and there is help available. The difference OFE made for me was huge!  I had no computer at home, and I was able to make so many job applications from the OFE computers. I was also able to gain new computer skills, which helped me market myself on social media in a professional manner.  My increased motivation, new skills and growing confidence gave me a new outlook and opened the door to a job I wanted.

OUR JOB SEEKERS

Lisa, Electrical Validation Engineer

When I came to OFE, I found the structure to be very motivating and the intentionality behind OFE’s job search plan creates a solid foundation for an effective job search. Being with other job seekers reduced the feelings of isolation I had been experiencing and the strong encouragement from the staff re-affirmed my confidence to seek new employment. Through the process, I engaged in workshops, which helped me to identify my strengths and transferrable skills, and this broadened the scope of my job search, resulting in me finding a job that exceeded my expectations.

Peter, Weld Inspector/Supervisor

After 30 years with the same employer, I lost my job after it was outsourced to Mexico and the USA.  Having not job searched for decades, I knew I needed professional advice and support.  At OFE, I worked with my Employment Consultant to develop a plan and my program involvement provided me with the confidence and ability to pursue and quickly land suitable employment.  I sincerely appreciate the entire OFE team for the support and professional approach to this new chapter in my life.

Eduardo, Retail Manager

Coming to OFE was my first step in finding employment. I was scared at first, but listening to the staff and especially my classmates, who were experiencing very similar obstacles as me, helped me realize it’s not just me and there is help available. The difference OFE made for me was huge!  I had no computer at home, and I was able to make so many job applications from the OFE computers. I was also able to gain new computer skills, which helped me market myself on social media in a professional manner.  My increased motivation, new skills and growing confidence gave me a new outlook and opened the door to a job I wanted.

OUR PROCESS

Assess

We begin the process by getting to know you, your experiences, skill set and employment goals.  We are here to guide and serve.  We are here to help you succeed.

Equip

OFE offers programs, workshops and one-on-one services to ensure you have everything you need to meet your job goal.  Our Action Plan will help you ensure that you have all the tools you need to be successful.

Connect

Meet employers with in-demand jobs through forums, networking, mentorships and special events.  Connect with employers on-site at OFE and fast track your job search.

Assess

We begin the process by getting to know you, your experiences, skill set and employment goals.  We are here to guide and serve.  We are here to help you succeed.

Equip

OFE offers programs, workshops and one-on-one services to ensure you have everything you need to meet your job goal.  Our Action Plan will help you ensure that you have all the tools you need to be successful.

Connect

Meet employers with in-demand jobs through forums, networking, mentorships and special events.  Connect with employers on-site at OFE and fast track your job search.

Assess

Assess

At OFE, we work with you to create an individual plan to help you achieve your goals.  When you apply, you are scheduled to take part in assessment activities, which will help you and your Employment Consultant make the best employment plan possible. Through this process, you will explore your career interests, preferences and skills in order to identify short term, achievable job goals. Our team will work with you to ensure you have the tools to job search effectively. 

The Assessment Process

Step 1

Initial Intake

Online Registration

Meet with Staff

Step 2

Career Exploration

Essential Skills Assessment

Work Readiness Orientation

Step 3

Make A Plan

The Assessment Process

Step 1

Initial Intake

Online Registration

Meet with Staff

Step 2

Career Exploration

Essential Skills Assessment

Work Readiness Orientation

Step 3

Make A Plan

Who is eligible?

Eligible applicants must:

Be 18 years of age or older

Have a valid Social Insurance Number

Be a resident of the City of Winnipeg

Be unemployed or working less than 20 hours per week.

Be eligible to work in Canada

Note: *Other program specific eligibility requirements may apply.

Who is eligible?

Eligible applicants must:

Be 18 years of age or older

Have a valid Social Insurance Number

Be a resident of the City of Winnipeg

Be unemployed or working less than 20 hours per week.

Be eligible to work in Canada

Note: *Other program specific eligibility requirements may apply.

Apply Today

To begin your journey, come in to OFE in person at 300-294 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg anytime between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monday to Friday.  No appointment required!

What You Will Need

You will need to know your Social Insurance Number. If you have a resume, please bring it with you. Your first session will take approximately 90 minutes. 

Apply Today

To begin your journey, come in to OFE in person at 300-294 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg anytime between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monday to Friday.  No appointment required!

What You Will Need

You will need to know your Social Insurance Number. If you have a resume, please bring it with you. Your first session will take approximately 90 minutes. 

Equip

OFE offers a wide range of programming options, designed to get you ready for employment. Let us help you prepare for an effective job search and make a plan to address gaps in your skills set through a variety of learning opportunities. Our programming is offered free to our registered Job Seekers.

 

Equip

OFE offers a wide range of programming options, designed to get you ready for employment. Let us help you prepare for an effective job search and make a plan to address gaps in your skills set through a variety of learning opportunities. Our programming is offered free to our registered Job Seekers.

 

Programs & Services
Community Home Services Program

The Community Home Services Program provides Employment and Income Assistance recipients with work experience and training. The program includes a range of job readiness assessments and supports to help reduce barriers to employment. Participants are hired on a six month term and are paid minimum wage to provide services to people in the community and gain valuable work experience. During their term, participants are also provided with job search tools and supports so they can transition into long-term, sustainable employment.

Community Home Services Program

The Community Home Services Program provides Employment and Income Assistance recipients with work experience and training. The program includes a range of job readiness assessments and supports to help reduce barriers to employment. Participants are hired on a six month term and are paid minimum wage to provide services to people in the community and gain valuable work experience. During their term, participants are also provided with job search tools and supports so they can transition into long-term, sustainable employment.

Employment Assistance Services

Opportunities for Employment (OFE) offers a range of free services for Winnipeg job seekers and employers. Participants work one-on-one with an Employment Consultant to develop an employment plan tailored to their job search needs. Those participants who are job-ready proceed to job search with coaching from their Employment Consultant.  Participants who require assistance with job search skills and strategies may take part in a variety of learning opportunities, then proceed to a guided job search with an Employment Consultant.  Our goal is to prepare individuals for the labour market and connect them with employers who are actively recruiting.

Employment Assistance Services

Opportunities for Employment (OFE) offers a range of free services for Winnipeg job seekers and employers. Participants work one-on-one with an Employment Consultant to develop an employment plan tailored to their job search needs. Those participants who are job-ready proceed to job search with coaching from their Employment Consultant.  Participants who require assistance with job search skills and strategies may take part in a variety of learning opportunities, then proceed to a guided job search with an Employment Consultant.  Our goal is to prepare individuals for the labour market and connect them with employers who are actively recruiting.

Employment Mentorship Program

The Employment Mentorship Program (EMP) is designed to assist Winnipeg employers in recruiting and retaining qualified skilled employees.  EMP consists of an extensive development program for participants, which includes essential skills training, career exploration and employment preparation.  The training is followed by a paid mentorship period.  An Employment Coach will act as a liaison with the employer and work one-on-one with the employee, ensuring adherence to workplace policies and procedures, creating positive working relationships and increasing job satisfaction between the employer and employee. This program is for selected applicants who want to move their lives forward and for employers who want to change a life, while meeting their business needs.

Employment Mentorship Program

The Employment Mentorship Program (EMP) is designed to assist Winnipeg employers in recruiting and retaining qualified skilled employees.  EMP consists of an extensive development program for participants, which includes essential skills training, career exploration and employment preparation.  The training is followed by a paid mentorship period.  An Employment Coach will act as a liaison with the employer and work one-on-one with the employee, ensuring adherence to workplace policies and procedures, creating positive working relationships and increasing job satisfaction between the employer and employee. This program is for selected applicants who want to move their lives forward and for employers who want to change a life, while meeting their business needs.

Employer Partnership Program

The Employer Partnership Program utilizes a demand-led model, which prepares individuals for full time, meaningful work in Winnipeg. This program simultaneously helps fill labour shortages experienced by Winnipeg employers and provides the supports necessary to help participants achieve success through full time employment. The program curriculum is developed to provide occupationally specific essential skills training and technical training for targeted positions available with the employer partners. As an example, OFE works with Canada Goose to prepare applicants to become Sewing Machine Operators for their growing organization here in Winnipeg.

Employer Partnership Program

The Employer Partnership Program utilizes a demand-led model, which prepares individuals for full time, meaningful work in Winnipeg. This program simultaneously helps fill labour shortages experienced by Winnipeg employers and provides the supports necessary to help participants achieve success through full time employment. The program curriculum is developed to provide occupationally specific essential skills training and technical training for targeted positions available with the employer partners. As an example, OFE works with Canada Goose to prepare applicants to become Sewing Machine Operators for their growing organization here in Winnipeg.

Mature Worker Program

The Mature Worker Program is for unemployed individuals who are 50+ years of age and who want to engage in the labour market. We help individuals to match their passions and interests to full-time or part-time employment or explore volunteer opportunities.

Mature Worker Program

The Mature Worker Program is for unemployed individuals who are 50+ years of age and who want to engage in the labour market. We help individuals to match their passions and interests to full-time or part-time employment or explore volunteer opportunities.

Manufacturing Production Worker Program - delivered as part of the Refugee Employment Development Initiative (REDI)

The Manufacturing Production Worker Program is designed to prepare Refugees, with a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of three or less, to transition safely and successfully into long-term, full-time employment in the Manufacturing Sector. OFE partners with the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT) for the delivery of this program. The program model uses a targeted, demand led approach and prepares people to work in a specific occupational environment in our local manufacturing sector. Key components include English for work, occupational specific essential skills training and work experience.

Manufacturing Production Worker Program - delivered as part of the Refugee Employment Development Initiative (REDI)

The Manufacturing Production Worker Program is designed to prepare Refugees, with a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of three or less, to transition safely and successfully into long-term, full-time employment in the Manufacturing Sector. OFE partners with the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT) for the delivery of this program. The program model uses a targeted, demand led approach and prepares people to work in a specific occupational environment in our local manufacturing sector. Key components include English for work, occupational specific essential skills training and work experience.

Stages of Change Employment Program for Persons with a Medical Condition

The Stages of Change Program for Persons with a Medical Condition is designed to assist job seekers with finding an achievable job goal, addressing skills gaps and connecting with employers to obtain long-term employment on a part-time or full-time basis.   Additionally, the program offers services to explore work readiness and applies the Stages of Change model and Motivational Interviewing techniques to address and resolve ambivalence.  This is an employment program, which offers full access to OFE employment development and skill development opportunities to active job seekers.

Stages of Change Employment Program for Persons with a Medical Condition

The Stages of Change Program for Persons with a Medical Condition is designed to assist job seekers with finding an achievable job goal, addressing skills gaps and connecting with employers to obtain long-term employment on a part-time or full-time basis.   Additionally, the program offers services to explore work readiness and applies the Stages of Change model and Motivational Interviewing techniques to address and resolve ambivalence.  This is an employment program, which offers full access to OFE employment development and skill development opportunities to active job seekers.

Additional Learning Opportunities

Job Search Preparation includes developing a resume & cover letter and accessing the internet and e-mail. Job seekers learn various job searching techniques and practice interview skills in preparation for an interview.

Employment development is practical preparation for employment readiness and to prepare for long-term success in the workplace. Job seekers will gain a broad understanding of workplace expectations and job retention strategies.

(Basic, Intermediate, Advanced) Windows Operating Environment & Internet Usage. Microsoft Office modules: Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint.

Participants may take part in learning opportunities designed to increase performance in four essential skill areas: reading, numeracy, document use and writing.

CPR Basic Life Saver Level C, Emergency First Aid, Smart Choices, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), Lift Truck Theory and Non-Violent Conflict Management, Safe food Handlers Certificate.

The Community Employment Support Program works specifically with individuals who have been in the justice system and face the barrier to employment of having a criminal record.

The Canadian Workplace Culture module is for people who have come to Canada as Refugees or as another type of Newcomer. Job seekers may take part in this module as part of their job search plan. The module introduces participants to the Canadian workplace in the context of business culture, employer expectations, communication and organizational behaviour.

Connect

Connect

Let us introduce you to local employers who are currently hiring. OFE will help you connect with leaders in our local labour market and expand your network. We also provide you access to our Job Resource Centre to conduct a successful job search.

Let us introduce you to local employers who are currently hiring. OFE will help you connect with leaders in our local labour market and expand your network. We also provide you access to our Job Resource Centre to conduct a successful job search.

Meet Employers Directly

Employer Forums

Job Fairs

Networking Groups

Workplace Tours

Demand-Led Programs

Direct Job Leads

On-Site Interviews

Use our Resource Centre

50+ Computers

Phones

Fax Machines

Job Leads

Resume Printing

Messaging Services

On-site Support Staff

Check the event calendar for upcoming events and also opportunities to take part in pre-event workshops to get insider information and be ready to make a great impression!