The Youth Job Connection (YJC) program, funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, provides 60+ hours of paid pre-employment and life skills training as well as paid job placement support and mentoring to youth.  Youth Job Connection is a program designed to assist youth between the ages of 15-29 overcome significant barriers to employment.  YJC’s goal is to achieve long-term employment, meaningful careers and success for the future.

Participants will receive:

  • Assessment and career development to assist youth increase their knowledge of job and career options, the job market and themselves
  • Opportunities to develop their employability skills
  • Training and work experience to increase job readiness
  • Support for transition into employment and or training and education during or after the program

Program offers:

  • Paid pre-employment training
  • Employment related financial support
  • Job matching, placements with employers and wage subsidies
  • Mentoring and work transition support

Youth Job Connections: Summer Program (YJC: Summer)

Another component of our service is the Youth Job Connection: Summer (YJC: Summer); a program for students 15-18 years of age; funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. The program is available year round  and is designed to help support high school students in developing essential workplace skills, establish important job search tools and strategies and in building a career plan.  Participants have the opportunities to connect with employers, get valuable work and job-related skills. 

YJC: Summer Program includes 20+ hours of paid workshops and activities designed to help participants get ready for work. Individuals will be paid ($) the provincial hourly minimum wage for the time they participate in the mandatory pre-employment training component of the program. During the school year, individuals who are under 18 years of age may participate in the program part-time or during school holidays, so as not to interfere with schooling.

Program Eligibility:

  • 15-18 years old at time of registration
  • Additional suitability criteria will be assessed by program staff
  • High school students intending to stay in/return to high school or access post-secondary education after their job placement
  • Eligible to work in Canada
  • Resident of Ontario

Youth Job Connection and Youth Job Connection: Summer Programs are located at: 

219 Dufferin Street, Suite 1C
Toronto, ON M6K 3J1
(south of King Street on the east side of Dufferin St. in the Dufferin Liberty Centre building in the lower level.  JobStart has its own entrance)

For more information or to book an appointment, please call:
416-231-2295 x 5723 or x 5743.

For Employers:

Youth Job Connection (YJC)
and Youth Job Connection: Summer (YJC: Summer)

Employers who wish to provide work experience, training and mentorship to a young person in their workplace are encouraged to contact us as well. We provide employers with wage remuneration to launch this working partnership.

Employers onboarding a youth as your next hire will receive:

  • Youth ready to work - you make the final selection of your new hire!
  • A youth who has received pre-employment training
  • A wage incentive to offset orientation and on-the-job training costs
  • Ongoing job retention support

As an eligible employer, you will provide:

  • An employment opportunity that is part-time, full-time or contract
  • On-the-job training for your new hire

Employing Young Talent Initiative - Small businesses and employers who hire and retain youth aged 15-29 may be eligible to receive an incentive of up to $2,000 for each youth that they assist in finding meaningful employment towards building a career. Please call 416-231-2295 and speak to a JobStart Job Developer for more information.

For more information or to book an appointment, please call:
416-231-2295 x 5723 or x 5743.

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