About Us « VCCS

About Us

Mission and History

Mission Statement

In partnership with the community, empowering job seekers and employers as they navigate the changing world of work

Vision Statement

A thriving, resilient and inclusive workforce that engages people in meaningful employment.

VCCS at a Glance

VCCS was incorporated as a charity and non-profit organization in 1988 to assist job seekers in the City of Kawartha Lakes. We receive funding for our services from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes, and Service Canada. From time to time we also receive funding from other local and provincial sources.


We seek to provide a non-judgmental, supportive, and comfortable environment where all people feel safe and accepted. Through our work and advocacy, we are building a more equitable, inclusive economy. We strive to reflect the diversity of our community and to continually identify and reduce barriers to service, to ensure we are accessible and welcoming to all.

People come first. We focus on building strong, trusting connections with employers, employees, and one another. Our compassionate staff are encouraging and attentive. By listening first, we can be authentically supportive of the needs of those we serve.

We commit to providing service that is honest, open, and transparent so clients have agency over their employment journey. We show integrity in how we show up for clients and in our interpersonal team relationship, and we choose to align ourselves with likeminded, purpose driven organizations.

Our client’s success is our success. We are committed to delivering evidence-bases services that are responsive, effective, and impactful. Through knowledge, resources, and tools, we instill confidence and support lasting change.

We meet people where they are at, providing individualized supports to help them achieve their goals. Our services are customized to the individual client, to help them find their own path forward. We are adaptable in the face of change.

We are tenacious, creative, and innovative. We understand the challenges faced in finding and retaining employment and are committed to supporting each individual in their unique journey.

We value strong relationships. We seek to nurture and invest in partnerships in ways that will help to strengthen the employment sector and our broker communities. We will focus on our own areas of expertise and bring those to our partnerships and collaboration. As a team, we are supportive of one another to bring out our individual and collective strengths.

VCCS Employment Services is managed by Muskoka-Kawarthas Employment Services and funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.