Youth Job Connection Program - The Career Foundation

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Jobs and Pre-Employment Training for Youth Aged 15-29

The Youth Job Connection (YJC) Program provides year-round pre-employment and life skills training as well as job placement support and mentorship to youth between the ages of 15 and 29.

Note: Thank you for your interest. Currently, the Youth Job Connection Program (YJC) has reached its capacity and is waitlisted due to the high volume of applications. We will notify new applicants as soon as space becomes available in the program.

Our Youth Job Connection (YJC) Summer Program helps high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 get skills training and employment during the summer months.

Note: Thank you for your interest. The Youth Job Connection Summer Program (YJCS) has reached its maximum capacity and is no longer accepting applications.

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Youth Job Connection Program Details

The YJC program runs year-round and provides the following to youth participants:

  • Comprehensive pre-employment training and job search services
  • Paid job placements with support for participant and hiring incentives for employers
  • Placement monitoring and retention support
  • Mentorship and networking opportunities
  • Education and work transition support
  • Information and referrals to other employment and community services
  • Job matching

Eligibility Requirements

The program aims to help youth who are:

  • 15 to 29 years of age
  • Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Unemployed
  • Not attending school full-time
  • Experiencing multiple barriers to employment

Youth Job Connection Summer Program Details

Our YJC Summer Program will provide summer job opportunities to help multi-barriered high school students, ages 15 to 18, make positive educational and career choices. The focus is on youth facing challenging life circumstances and those at risk of experiencing poor transitions between education and work.

Both the YJC / YJC Summer Programs work in partnership with employers to coordinate successful placements of skilled and motivated youth.

If you’re looking for help with finding a job and would like to get paid while receiving job search training, Youth Job Connection could be right for you!

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Examples of Jobs for Youth:

  • Camp Counsellor
  • Commercial and Residential Cleaner
  • Cook
  • Customer Service Rep
  • Food Service Worker
  • General Labourer
  • Golf Course Greenskeeper
  • Receptionist
  • Security Officer
  • Store Associate
  • and more!

Apply for the YJC / YJC Summer Program

Information for Employers

Connecting our program participants with employers looking to hire is an essential component of The Career Foundation’s Youth Job Connection program. If you are an employer looking to hire youth and new talent, contact our program team to learn more.

Program Contact

For more information or to book an appointment to learn more about the YJC / YJC Summer programs, please contact:

Terra Blunt, Program Coordinator, YJC / YJC Summer Program

Phone: (416) 839-2477


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This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.