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The Youth Job Connection Program is an initiative from the Government of Ontario aiming at helping young people from 15 to 29 years old. The program is designed to help youth develop skills that will improve their employment capacities, but also give them access to education or training while gaining work experience. The goal of this program is for them to achieve long-term gratifying employment.

Through this initiative, young participants will receive a professional assessment and career development services allowing them to increase their knowledge of job and career options, the job market and themselves, along with having the opportunity to develop and improve their employability skills. Participant will also acquire training and work experience necessary to increase their readiness for employment along with support in their transition towards the work market or training or additional education during and after the program.

Program Description



This program includes 4 components targeted at young individuals. Participant must take part in the first 3 components which are :

  • Evaluation of participant in regards to career and employment goals, education or training needed to achieve these goals and development of a personalized action plan.
  • Participation in short-term workshops or activities in order to get ready for work. Participant will be paid for attendance in these workshops or activities.
  • Job-matching of particpant with an employer for a maximum of 26-weeks on-the-job paid training.
  • If needed, education and work transitions support.

To take part in the job-matching portion of this program, employer must :

  • Accept to give on-the-job training to a young participant for a maximum duration of 26 weeks.
  • Commit to giving support and training to the young participant in his work environment, thus allowing him to develop and acquire skills and knowledge. These skills and knowledge can then be used in his daily work and future employment opportunities within the company, or be transferred to another job or trade. Financial incentives are given to help cover for costs related to temporary reductions in productivity, increased supervision requirements and other expenses during the on-the-job training period.

  Admission Criteria



To be eligible for this program, young individuals must :

  • Be aged between 15 and 29 years old at time of registration*
  • Live in Ontario.
  • Have the right to work in Canada.
  • Be unemployed.
  • Not participate in full-time training or education, as defined by the institution.

* Individuals who are aged between 15 and 18 years old must be legally excused from attending high school. A person legally excused does not automatically qualify for this program.

To be eligible for giving on-the-job training to young particpants in this program, employer must :

  • Be licensed to operate in Ontario.
  • Comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act.
  • Maintain appropriate Workplace Safety and Insurance Board or private workplace safety insurance coverage.
  • Have adequate third party general liability insurance, as advised by his insurance broker.
  • Comply with all applicable federal and provincial human rights and labor legislation, regulations and any other relevant standards.
  • Provide on-the-job placement in Ontario.

Program Exclusions - Employers

The following exclusions apply to this program :

  • Federal, provincial or municipal government agency.
  • Youth Job Connection service provider.
  • Any recipient of other governmental funding (federal, provincial or municipal) for the same type of work.
  • Use of placement services to displace existing staff, or replace staff that is on lay-off.
  • Hiring of immediate family members, such as parent, spouse, sibling or child for on-the-job palcement.

 This program is there for you.

Don't hesitate and contact us for information or to apply.

June 2016

This Employment Ontario program is funded by the Government of Ontario.

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