Employment & Entrepreneurship
8170 Lawson Rd
Milton, ON L9T 5C4
Tel: +1 800-610-8134
The largest online recruiting, news, and how-to information site in the Canadian non-profit sector. The online website gives users access to job postings and eLearning courses, and to the latest news stories.
Hours: Weekdays 9am-5pm
Woodgreen Youth Employment Centre
815 Danforth Avenue, Suite 100
Toronto, Ontario M4J 1L2
Tel: 416-645-6000 ext. 1100
Danforth Ave & Jones Ave
WYEC provides a wide range of free services in a variety of locations across Toronto. Services include one-on-one coaching, practical workshops and access to computers and fax machines.
YWCA Women’s Employment Centre Toronto
3090 Kingston Road, Suite 300
Scarborough, ON M1M 1P2
University Ave & Dundas St W
YWCA Toronto helps women find jobs by providing them with free or low cost employment and training programs, specialized workshops and one-on-one career support. Please call before going in.
Gateway Employment Cafe
1480 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, ON M4J 1N4
Tel: (416) 466-7489
Danforth Ave & Coxwell Ave
To access Gateway services you must be referred from another organization. They offer a pre-employment program to assist you in finding employment. You must be on social assistance to access this service.
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
AYCE Employment Services
505 Consumers Road
North York, Ontario
AYCE works with individuals to help them find jobs, get training to upgrade their skills, find job placements in relation to their skill sets, connect them with various workshops, employment counselling and access to a job search resource centre.
Open: Mon & Wed – 9:00am-5:00pm,
Tues & Thurs – 9:00am-6:30pm,
Fri – 9:00am – 4:00pm
Employment Insurance (EI)
EI provides temporary financial assistance to unemployed Canadians who have lost their job through no fault of their own, while they look for work or upgrade their skills.
Youth Employment Fund
This program provides funding to businesses who may wish to hire a student. A student must register for the youth employment fund. This can be done online or by phone (416) 326-5656. You are eligible if : you are between 15 and 29 years of age, are unemployed, not attending school full-time and you are a resident of Ontario.
There are many offices around the city. An example of one program that host the Youth Employment Fund is:
Etobicoke YMCA Employment and Community Service
1530 Albion Road, Unit 83
The YMCA Employment and Community Services works in conjunction with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities and is delivering a new program called the Youth Employment Fund (YEF). The YEF supports job placement opportunities for youth and provides them with links to long-term employment between 4-6 months. The YEF program has many incentives for youth to find employment.
HireUp is designed for people facing one or more barriers to employment, including mental health, disabilities, addiction, trauma, homelessness, past criminal activity, trauma, among others. HireUp works with community agencies and employers to organize employment and support.
Element Fleet Management Youth Capital Program
The goal of the Element Youth Capital Program is to help vulnerable young people transitioning out of foster care to complete their educational goals, become financially empowered, and build skills and experience in employment preparation and entrepreneurship. It offers assistance with high school completion and post-secondary support, financial literacy online training, pre-employment skills training, and entrepreneurial skill development. Eligibility varies by program, but all applicants must at least be:
- a current or former Crown Ward or eligible to receive Continued Care and Support for Youth funding
- under 26 years of age, though youth under 30 will be considered on a case by case basis
- motivated to finish or attend school, get a job, or want to start their own business
Youth Employment Services
Youth Employment Services offers a job board, help with resumes and cover letters, as well as online job training.
These job banks provide current job listings in Toronto and the surrounding area.
Service Canada Job Bank
Rise Asset Development
Rise Asset Development’s Youth Small Business Program is a free evening course for youth aged 16 to 29 who are interested in launching or growing a small business. The program provides the following:
- Business skills training to develop a concrete business plan
- Creative and collaborative workshops for business idea development using Rotman Designwork’s powerful, customer centric Business Design curriculum
- Access to in-class coaching and mentorship from business professionals
- Use of a laptop for students without easy access to a home computer
- $500 in startup capital for participants who complete the program, and eligibility to apply for a Rise low interest rate business loans
Access Community Capital Fund
401 Richmond St. West, Studio 252, Toronto, ON M5V 3A8.
Formed to help promising entrepreneurs with viable business plans gain access to financing not available through other sources.
To find out more about eligibility criteria & to apply please visit: http://www.accessccf.com/loans_for_business
Children’s Aid Foundation Financial Literacy Online Training
The Children’s Aid Foundation offers six online courses on budgeting, banking and financial services, saving, credit basics, debt, debt repayment & creditors. To be eligible, youth must be:
- Under the age of 30 (for youth 18 years of age and under, a referral will be required from a child protection worker)
- A current or former Crown (permanent) Ward with a Canadian child welfare agency, or youth eligible for Continued Care and Support for Youth
- Motivated to gain the skills, tools & knowledge to better manage your money