Equine Guelph has announced the reboot of JobTrack, its free online equine employment matching service. Serving the Ontario horse community for nearly 20 years, JobTrack has been a popular job-matching service for thousands of employers and job seekers. After undergoing many updates and upgrades for user functionality, the free service is live and now available at EquineJobTrack.ca. With its new facelift and upgraded user-ability, Equine JobTrack is poised to roll out across Canada to serve the equine industry nationally. 

New expanded search and sort functions include the ability to sort searches by: racing or non-racing, sector, job position, and region. Advanced searches using a locator map will assist both job seekers and employers in finding each other. 

“Equine JobTrack is a vitally important part of supporting the horse industry, both racing and non-racing – and plays an essential role in job development in rural Ontario,” says Sue Leslie, president of the Horsemen’s Benevolent Protective Association (HBPA). “Currently, the racing industry is experiencing major labour shortages in Ontario. The upgraded Equine JobTrack webpage will support both employers and those looking for employment.”

Career pathways can be investigated with many feature videos and infographics showcasing careers in the equine industry. Training opportunities can also be explored by reviewing testimonials from Equine Guelph students who have found their niche in the industry with the help of highly valued, evidence-based education. People often get into the horse business because they love horses and want to spend their lives in the business, but without ever receiving proper training in business and horse health. The Resources section can help applicants find the tools they need to pave their pathway to a rewarding career in the equine industry.

The goal of Equine JobTrack has always been to link jobs with training to support growth of the equine industry and rural development in Ontario. The introduction of self-service profiles and upgraded user-ability has allowed the program to expand exponentially. The re-development of Equine JobTrack will more effectively connect employers with job-seekers nation-wide! 

“As Director of Equine Guelph, I am so pleased that we can now offer this updated and functional pathway to employment for the equine industry in Canada as a free service,” says Gayle Ecker, Director of Equine Guelph. “I would like to thank HBPA and Ontario Racing for their strong support of this initiative. Thanks also goes out to Grand River Agricultural Society for additional funding received.”

This program is funded in part through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program (the Partnership), a provincial-territorial initiative. The Ontario Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Rural Affairs assists in the delivery of CAP the Partnership in Ontario.

Originally developed with funding from the HBPA of Ontario (HBPA), Equine Guelph is pleased to have financial support from HBPA once again. Additional collaborating partners include Grand River Agricultural Society, Ontario Racing, Ontario Equestrian and Standardbred Canada. Other industry partners include: AgCareers, Central Ontario Standardbred Association, Ontario Harness Horse Association and Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc.

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