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YEP Specific Programs to Help You Hire Young People

Different orders of government as well as many community agencies provide a range of supports free of charge to employers who are interested in hiring young people.  We have listed a number of important services and programs which you may want to contact.

Alternatively, you can receive help in accessing many of these services by contacting Youth Employment Partnerships (YEP) agencies. In addition to linking you with prospective employees, their knowledgeable staff will help sort out which services will be most helpful for your situation.

Youth Employment Partnerships (YEP)

YEP is a neighbourhood-based youth employment network that works locally to help employers and young people seeking employment find each other. Employers find the help they need and potential employees bring their energy and abilities to the job that's right for them.  YEP member agencies will work with your business to:

  • Match young people to your job openings
  • Offer confidential employer and employee support
  • Prepare potential employees for a new work challenge
  • Co-ordinate job fairs when a business has multiple job postings
  • Arrange wage subsidies where available
  • Guide and support you with your apprenticeship opportunities
  • Assist you to train today's youth to meet your future workforce needs

YEP agencies can also help you to access all the services listed below. For more information on YEP and how to hire youth, please contact 416 392-0101 or go to the website at www.toronto.ca/yep 

 “The (youth employment) agency stands behind the employer and the candidate all the way. Whenever I need help or have jobs to fill, I call them. Their staff is reliable and supportive”.

 -- Naresh Sella, Manager, Travel Lodge

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Specific Programs to Help You Hire Young People

Job Connect

is for employers who operate a business in Ontario, and are:

  • Looking to hire staff
  • Ready to provide on-the-job training and/or
  • Seeking people who want to work.

Through this program, employers may be able to reduce costs associated with training a new employee. Job Connect will register job vacancies and help employers find the right person for the job.

For more information about Job Connect visit http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/training/cepp/aboutjc.html.

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Mazemaster

Designed as the “One-Stop-Shop for Youth Employment”.  Employers can use Mazemaster to post jobs and promote careers for youth free of charge, while reaching a large pool of qualified youth candidates. Over 130,000 jobseekers have registered to date. Operates as a joint project between Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB). 

For more information, visit http://www.mazemaster.on.ca/  and click on “Employers”.

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Ontario Job Creation Partnerships

Ontario Job Creation Partnerships is an employment program that provides work experience to unemployed job seekers, including youth, within projects that benefit the community or local economy. At the end of their participation, participants in the program will have recent work experience and additional skills to add to their résumés. This increases their chances of successfully finding long-term employment.

To be eligible, a program must:

  • finite in nature and add to the sponsors’ normal activities
  • provide a benefit to the community or the local economy
  • provide participants with a meaningful work experience

For more information, visit http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/employers/jobCreation.html

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Ontario Targeted Wage Subsidy

The Ontario Targeted Wage Subsidy is designed to provide on-the-job work experience to unemployed people, including youth, who are or have recently been eligible to receive Employment Insurance and are experiencing difficulty in finding work. It will also enable employers to hire people who face barriers to employment through the provision of temporary wage subsidies. 

Eligible organizations include businesses, non-profit organizations, municipalities, First Nations councils, public health and educational institutions. 

For more information, visit http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/employers/wageSubsidy.html  

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Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

: This program is geared towards employers expanding their workforce in  the skilled trades. Employers who are able to provide structured training and supervision can be matched with pre-qualified apprenticeship candidates. Participating students must be at least 16 years old and entering Grade 11. For more information visit: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/training/apprenticeship/skills/oyap.html


For more information on all of the Ontario programs listed above, call the Employment Ontario hotline at 1-800-387-5656, or (416) 326-5656 in Toronto.

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Sectoral Career Focus Program

The Sectoral Career Focus Program is a national initiative between the Government of Canada, sector councils and cross-sectoral organizations. Sector councils are well positioned to develop projects that assist youth in finding quality employment. Through this program, sector councils can assess and match employers and participants based on program eligibility requirements and assume responsibility for the overall financial management of projects.

For more information visit: http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/sector_councils/scf.shtml

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Toronto Public Health

The Health Options at Work (HOW) team assists and supports workplaces to become healthier and more productive. Professional health staff are committed to assisting employers to create healthy workplaces where all employees enjoy the highest level of health and well-being. These free services include consultation, access to public health services, a newsletter discussing current topics in workplace health as well as a bi-annual workplace health event.

For more information on a range of topics, links, workplace trends and more, go to the website:  www.toronto.ca/healthoptionsatwork/ , phone (416) 338-7600 or email  healthoptionsatwork@toronto.ca .

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