This program, provided by COSTI, assists youth facing multiple and/or complex barriers to employment build better futures. Youth between the ages of 15-29 who are currently not in school, employment or Training may be eligible for this program. Youth interested in this program will be assessed to clarify their employment goals, develop an employment service plan with activities and services designed to meet those goals. Will participate in a paid pre-employment training component designed to improve their Job readiness and life skills. Once this component is completed youth will participate in a paid job placement for a maximum of six months, throughout this placement component youth will have access to one-on-one job coaching and other supports as required Youth participating in the Youth Job Connection program will also have access to one-on-one career coaching, leadership and networking opportunities including the option of returning to continue their educational studies to further their careers.

Services available

Youth Job Connection offers the four components of intensive employment supports and activities each of which will be available year-round. They are:

  • Client Service planning and coordination: which would provide participants with an in-depth assessment and an individualized employment development plan.
  • Pre-employment Training Workshops: which participants must complete a minimum of 60 hours for which they are paid. These workshops prepare and improve the participant’s ability to participate in the paid job placement component of the program.
  • Job Matching, Placement and incentives: all participants in the program must participate in a job placement. The maximum duration of the placement is six months; this placement provides the youth with the ability to enhance both their soft and hard skills enabling them to transition into employment.
  • Education and Work Transitions Support: not all participants will require or need this component. This component is intended to provide support to those youths interested in returning to school to further their careers in a particular sector or industry.

Who is eligible

Services are available to youth between the ages of 15-29 with multiple and/or complex barriers to employment who are residents of Ontario, who are out of school, work and training Youth Job Connection (YJC) is part of a comprehensive and targeted suite of employment programs and services the Ontario Government has launched to more effectively help young people across a broader spectrum of needs improve their skills and find work. This includes Youth Job Connection – Summer and Youth Job Link and the existing Employment Service. Youth Job Connection was developed as part of the Ontario government’s renewed Youth Jobs Strategy, as well as our initiative to modernize and transform employment and training programs and services to improve access and provide job seekers and employers with proven, coordinated and targeted services that meet their needs.