Youth Employment Strategy

From Service Canada

The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help young people, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition into the labour market.

The Youth Employment Strategy is a horizontal initiative involving eleven federal departments and agencies. It is comprised of three program streams offered by Service Canada:

Skills Link provides funding for employers and organizations to help youth facing barriers to employment develop the broad range of skills and knowledge need to participate in the current and future labour market. It also promotes education and skills as being key to labour market participation.

Career Focus provides funding for employers and organizations to design and deliver a range of activities that enable youth make more informed career decisions, develop their skills and benefit from work experiences.

Canada Summer Jobs (an initiative under Summer Work Experience) provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students.

Program stream Departments and agencies Program
Skills Link Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program
Skills Link Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations & Inuit Youth
Skills Link Employment and Social Development Canada Skills Link
Career Focus Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Career Focus Program
Career Focus Canadian Heritage Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage
Career Focus Canadian Heritage Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French
Career Focus Environment Canada Science Horizons Youth Internship Program
Career Focus Employment and Social Development Canada Career Focus
Career Focus Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada International Youth Internship Program
Career Focus Industry Canada Community Access Program (CAP) Youth Initiative (Career Focus stream)
Career Focus Industry Canada Technical Work Experience Program (TWEP), Computers for Schools
Career Focus National Research Council Canada NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program
Career Focus Natural Resources Canada Science and Technology Internship Program
Summer Work Experience Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program
Summer Work Experience Canadian Heritage Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages
Summer Work Experience Canadian Heritage Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
Summer Work Experience Employment and Social Development Canada Canada Summer Jobs
Summer Work Experience Industry Canada Community Access Program (CAP) Youth Initiative (Summer Work Experience stream)
Summer Work Experience Industry Canada Small Business Internship Program
Summer Work Experience Parks Canada Young Canada Works

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Contact information

  • Call: 1-800-935-5555 (TTY: 1-800-926-9105)
  • Write to us at
    Youth Employment Strategy
    140 Promenade du Portage
    Phase IV, 4th Floor
    Gatineau, Quebec
    K1A 0J9
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