Youth Services

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

Paid career development training and job placement for youth (15-29 years old) who are having trouble finding work. Providing access to job search resources and information for students and youth to find jobs throughout the year and for the summer.

Youth Services

Youth Job Connection

Employment Ontario's Youth Job Connection (YJC) program offers paid pre-employment training and job placement to youth across Ontario. Our role at Employment Services Elgin is to help local youth find and retain suitable jobs through a combination of pre-employment training, mentorship, and job placement.

Program Benefits

For Employers

Candidates who are ready to work and motivated to succeed.

Pre-screened youth who have completed the pre-employment training.

Access to job fairs, job posting, and tailored job placement.

Financial incentives to offset on-boarding and training costs.

Unique opportunities to support and mentor youth in the community.

For Youth

Paid training workshops to help you succeed in the labour market.

Paid job placement after completing the mandatory training.

One-on-one guidance and mentorship.

Essential job search and workplace skills.

Meaningful work experience.

Eligibility and Sustainability

For Employers

Comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Employment Standards Act, and all applicable federal and provincial human rights legislation,regulations, and any other relevant standards.

Maintain appropriate WSIB or alternative workplace safety insurance coverage.

Have adequate third party general liability insurance, as advised by its insurance broker.

Express an intention to hire the participant after the placement ends.

Place trainees/employees on company payroll and provide the same employment terms, conditions, and benefits as for all regular employees.

Not be a federal, provincial, or municipal government agency

Not be currently receiving other government funds for the same job placement.

Not use a placement service to displace existing staff or replace staff who have been laid-off.

15-29 years old at time of registration.

For Youth

15 - 29 years old at time of registration

A resident of Ontario


Eligible to work in Canada

Not participating in full-time training or education

Youth Services

Youth Job Connection - Summer

If you are between the ages of 15 and 18, are experiencing multiple or complex barriers to employment, and are looking for summer or part-time employment while in school, you can benefit from this intensive youth employment program. This program allows you to earn money while attending pre-employment training and offers up to 8 weeks (throughout the summer) and up to 10 hours per week through the school year of on-the-job training to assist you in transitioning from school to employment.

Eligibility and Suitability

Between 15 and 18 years of age.

Seeking employment.

Experiencing multiple or complex barriers.

A resident of Ontario.

Interested in this program as a jobseeker or employer?

Complete the contact form below, and someone from Employment Services Elgin will be in touch with you shortly to get started.