Youth Job Connection

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Employment Ontario’s Youth Job Connection (YJC) program offers paid pre-employment training and job placements to youth across Ontario. Our role at Employment Services Elgin is to help local youth find and retain suitable jobs through a combination of pre-employment training, mentorship, and job placements.

This program is funded by the government of Ontario and, therefore, provided to job seekers and employers for free.

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  • Paid training workshops to help you succeed in the labour market
  • Paid job placement after completing the mandatory training
  • One-on-one guidance and mentorship
  • Essential job search and workplace skills
  • Meaningful work experience


  • Candidates who are ready to work and motivated to succeed
  • Pre-screened youth who have completed the pre-employment training
  • Access to job fairs, job postings and tailored job placements
  • Financial incentives to offset on-boarding and training costs
  • Unique opportunities to support and mentor youth in the communityYouth FlyerEmployer Flyer

In order to be eligible for this program, youth must be:

  • 15-29 years old at time of registration
  • A resident of Ontario
  • Unemployed
  • Eligible to work in Canada
  • Not participating in full-time training or education


In order to be eligible for this program, employers must:

  • Be licensed to operate in Ontario
  • Comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Employment Standards Act, and all applicable federal and provincial human rights legislation, regulations, and any other relevant standards
  • Maintain appropriate WSIB or alternate workplace safety insurance coverage
  • Have adequate third party general liability insurance, as advised by its insurance broker
  • Provide the job placement in Ontario
  • Express an intention to hire the participant after the placement ends
  • Place trainees/employees on company payroll and provide the same employment terms, conditions and benefits as for all regular employees
  • Not be a federal, provincial or municipal government agency
  • Not be a YJC service provider
  • Not be currently receiving other government funds for the same job placement
  • Not use a placement services to displace existing staff, or replace staff who have been laid-off
  • Not hire immediate family members (e.g. parents, spouse or child)


These programs and services are free for job seekers and employers as they are funded by the government of Ontario and, in part, by the Government of Canada.