Through the Adjustment Advisory Program (AAP), the Ontario government works with employers, employees and communities to develop strategies to cope with company downsizing or plant closures.
The AAP supplies advisory and financial assistance to its clients to help them adjust to the effects of job loss in the workplace. AAP advisers help clients identify their needs and secure appropriate support, including career counselling, training, referral, and job search skills training. Adjustment committees are established to ensure full employer and employee participation in the process.
The APP helps employees being laid-off deal with the effects of losing their jobs by helping them review their options and plan their next steps through adjustment committees. Committees include representatives from all the affected employee groups, as well as management and the union of the company.
The committees plan and implement any programs and services staff need, including: job-search assistance, vocational and educational counselling, information on training, personal support in dealing with the stress of job loss, financial counselling, and information on starting a small business.
The APP helps communities anticipate and manage labour market change. Community adjustment committees are made up of the various affected community groups. They may bring together services for laid-off workers (especially where many companies have been downsizing), or they could engage in community wide strategic planning, or start specific labour adjustment projects with local groups.
Through partnerships with industry associations, employee associations, employers, and unions, sectoral committees can be formed to identify common industry needs and goals. The needed changes are implemented by co-ordinating resources and by looking at sector-wide strategic planning.
Displaced Worker Adjustment: Any Ontario resident affected by layoffs, downsizings or closures of employers with 50 or more employees which have been reported to the Ministry of Labour by a Form 1 Summary.
Community Adjustment: Various affected community groups where many companies have been downsizing or closing.
Sectoral Adjustment: Partnerships of industry associations, employee associations, employers and unions.
Clients interested in the program can contact one of the 26 apprenticeship field offices across Ontario for more information and to be referred to an AAP advisor. AAP Advisors are located in the following field offices:
Call the toll-free Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656, TTY (telephone service for the deaf) 1-866-533-6339 for the phone number and location of the apprenticeship office in your area. Newcomers to Ontario can ask for this information in the language of their choice.