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Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS)

Provided by: Government of Canada - Service Canada

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Service Description

Strategy to provide flexible and holistic services to support all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition in the labour market. Includes: 

Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Program

  • Provides funding to organizations to deliver a range of activities that help youth overcome barriers to employment and develop a broad range of skills and knowledge in order to participate in the current and future labour market.
  • Funding will support youth who are early leavers from high school, recent immigrant youth, youth from visible minority groups, youth living with disabilities, single parent youth, youth living in low-income households, youth experiencing homelessness or precarious housing, and youth living in rural or remote areas.
  • Projects can be from one to three years in duration.

Canada Summer Jobs

  • Provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.

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Businesses and organizations eligible for the Youth Employment And Skills Strategy Program are listed on the the website.

Businesses and organizations eligible for Canada Summer Jobs program funding are listed on the website.

Application Process

Details available online.



TTY: 1-800-926-9105

Toll Free

Business Line: 1-800-935-5555

Toll Free

Service Website

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Location Info

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Canada Dental Benefit Operator-assisted Relay: 1-800-715-8836

TTY: 1-800-926-9105

Toll Free

Toll-Free: 1-800-622-6232



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