Youth Employment Services YES

Individual and group employment counselling, assessment,referral and follow up to improve employability and integration into workforce
  • also offers access to job search workshops and job postings
  • services for newcomers
  • self-marketing, entrepreneurship and a financial literacy courses
Bizstart Entrepreneurship -- full-time, six month entrepreneurship training program helping youth start a business
  • offers training in marketing, business planning, management, web design and other topics
  • youth are matched with a mentor from business community
Lighthouse Project -- career exploration program offering labour market research and interview preparation
  • also offers self care and stress management strategies
  • 12 week paid work placement tailored to individual interests and needs
Student services -- summer and year round employment service for youth 15-30 years seeking work
  • offers workshops and volunteer and co-op placements
Summer Company -- entrepreneurship program for students aged 15-30 looking to start their own business during summer break
  • participants receive funding and support
Youth Collaboration Program -- helps youth find employment through group-based employment and life skills training
  • paid work experience placement may be offered upon completion of the training
YES2Trades -- pre-apprenticeship training for commercial, residential, and industrial painting trades
  • 8-week painting trade training program including health and safety, WHMIS, first aid and other safety training and life skills
  • access to a 12-week job placement opportunity
This Way ONward -- retail specific pre-employment training and 10-week paid summer internships
  • access to seasonal and permanent employment opportunities
Career Jumpstart -- 14-week training to complete an IBM Cybersecurity Analyst certificate
  • includes facilitated support in introductory cybersecurity skills
Youth 15-30 years

Bizstart Entrepreneurship Program -- youth 16-29 years who are out of school, not in receipt of EI and are interested in growing their own business

Lighthouse Program -- youth who are legally entitled to work in Canada, are not receiving EI benefits and who self identify as a person coping with a mental health condition
Participants need to be willing to commit to attending pre-employment sessions (group sessions or one-on-one sessions) and also be willing to complete 12 weeks of the Work Experience program (paid employment)

Youth Collaboration Program -- youth 15-30 years who are legally entitled to work in Canada, are not in receipt of EI, are unemployed or out of school and experiencing barriers to employment

YES2Trades -- youth 16-29 years who are out of school or work, and are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or persons holding Convention Refugee status
Participants must be willing to commit to the 20 week program
Participants with an active EI claim may be eligible, see website for details

This Way ONward -- youth 16-24

Career JumpStart -- youth who have completed or partially completed a post-secondary education, and who have some tech knowledge and who would also benefit from mental health and resiliency resources

Residency Requirements: City of Toronto; Greater Toronto Area
Application Process
Self or agency referral
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Mailing Address
Box 115, 555 Richmond St W
Toronto, ON, M5V 3B1
Documents Required
May vary; contact for information
Designated parking at entrance ; Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Elevator with braille and voice/tone features ; Wheelchair accessible washroom, assistance needed with door
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Last Updated On
August 3, 2023
555 Richmond St W, Suite 711
Toronto, ON, M5V 3B1
Cross streets: Bathurst St and Queen St W
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Hours of Operation
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
9:00 am to 6:00 pm
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Mon, Tue, Thu 9 am-5 pm; Wed 9 am-6 pm; Fri 9 am-4 pm
Service Area(s)
Greater Toronto Area