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  • April 04, 2016

Ontario Launches New Youth Jobs Program in Time for Summer

Job Help For Youth Now Available At More Than 320 Locations Across Province

April 4, 2016 - Ontario has launched a new youth employment program that will help young people ages 15-29 plan their careers, prepare for the labour market and connect to job opportunities. 

The Youth Job Link program is the latest phase of Ontario's Youth Jobs Strategy and will be available to youth and students at more than 320 locations across the province.

As of April 1, 2016, young people will be able to access the following services, available year-round:

  • Information on career options to support career decision-making
  • Advice on how to build the life skills they need to successfully plan and manage a career
  • Opportunities to learn about teamwork, customer service, health and safety and labour rules
  • Help with resumé writing, searching and applying for jobs, and preparing for interviews
  • Assistance to match their skills and interests with employers that have job opportunities.

Ontario is also launching the summer component of the Youth Job Connection program, which will provide summer, part-time and after-school job opportunities to high school students aged 15 to 18 who face challenging life circumstances and may need support transitioning between school and work. Youth Job Connection, which began in October 2015, will continue to provide more intensive, targeted support for unemployed youth between ages 15 and 29 with multiple barriers to employment including poverty, homelessness, disability and mental health.  

Youth Job Link and Youth Job Connection are part of a new suite of programs - which also includes Employment Ontario's Employment Service - designed to help youth with a broader range of employment needs and to ensure resources are used effectively and targeted to those who need them most. Interested youth and employers can contact Employment Ontario to help find a suitable program, and to learn what services are available in their communities. Information is also available through a convenient live chat service.

Helping youth of all abilities and backgrounds access the most effective employment and training programs is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • More information on eligibility for the Youth Job Link and Youth Job Connectionprograms is available online at, which provides information on all Ontario employment programs for youth and supports for employers looking to hire them.
  • In some cases, Youth Job Link will also offer individual supports and employer incentives to offset the costs of on-the-job-training, new employee orientation and other hiring-related costs, for those youth that need more assistance finding work.
  • Ontario is investing $250 million over the next two years in the renewed Youth Jobs Strategy to serve up to 150,000 more youth.
  • Youth Job Connection is available at more than 130 Employment Ontario service delivery sites across the province.
  • New summer job opportunities for high school students with multiple barriers to employment build on after-school opportunities already available to them through Youth Job Connection.
  • Employment Ontario’s Employment Service helps 70,000 youth per year with information, job search assistance, and funding for job opportunities and other supports.
  • There are more than 30 government programs to help youth build skills, find a job or start a business.

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“Our youth are our future and programs like Youth Job Link empower the young people of Scarborough-Guildwood and across Ontario achieve the essential skills to reach their full potential. Youth Job Link is a wonderful program which aims to help young people build the necessary skills to succeed. By offering individual support and incentive for employers, Youth Job Link is helping our youth get the training and assistance they need to build a solid foundation in their lives. When young people are able to secure employment they are given the opportunity to give back to their communities and contribute to the growth of the economy. For Scarborough-Guildwood’s most vulnerable youth, Youth Job Link will help them gain stability in their lives, and empower them to rise out of poverty.”

— Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood


“Our government has launched better coordinated, more targeted and more effective employment and training programs to ensure that all people, particularly our youth, have access to evidence-based services that will provide them with the support they need to build their skills and get a good job. I’m excited that Youth Job Link has now launched at more than 320 locations across the province to help youth, including students, who could benefit from some extra help to plan their careers and transition to the labour market. Combined with the more intensive Youth Job Connection, which has shown great uptake since launching in October 2015, Ontario has the right combination of programs in place to help youth with a broad spectrum of needs, abilities and backgrounds get the training they need to actively contribute to our economy.” 

— Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

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