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The Youth Job Connection: Summer program is an initiative from the Government of Ontario aiming at helping students aged between 15 and 18 years old. This program is designed to help high school students find summer, part-time or after school jobs in order to help them with their transition between school and the labour market.

Through this initiative, students will receive professional services to help them specify their long-term and summer training choices in order to meet their career and employment objectives. This training is done through workshops and services developed specifically for them.

Program Description




The program includes 4 components targeted at students. Participant must take part in the first 3 components which are :

  • Student evaluation in regards to career and employment goals, education or training and development of a personalized action plan.
  • Participation in short-term workshops or activities in order to get ready for work. Student will be paid for attendance in these workshops and activities.
  • Job-matching of student with an employer for a maximum 8-week on-the-job paid training. The on-the-job training could continue during the school year as long as employer meets the specific criteria in this effect.
  • Transition support at the end of the on-the-job training, including advice on part-time and seasonal jobs available during the school year, and career development activities oriented towards a long term career.

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

  • Accept to give on-the-job training to a student for a maximum duration of 8 weeks.
  • As needed, the on-the-job training could continue during the school year if :
  1. Work schedule does not exceed 10 hours per week.
  2. Work is performed outside regular school day hours.
  3. On-the-job training does not exceed 6 months.


  • Commit to giving support and training to the student 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, 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.





To be eligible for this program, student must :

  • Be aged between 15 and 18 years old at time of registration.
  • Live in Ontario.
  • Have the right to work in Canada.
  • Pursue high-school or post-secondary education after on-the-job training is completed.

To be eligible for giving on-the-job training to students participating 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 appy to this program :

  • Federal, provincial or municipal government or 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 placement.

 This program is there for you.

Don't hesitate to contact us for information or to register.

April 2016

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