How it works

Through Youth Skills Connections you‘ll get:

  • hands-on training with a local business, college and university or not-for-profit business development organizations, including industry associations
  • in-demand skills that will make you more employable in key sectors of Ontario’s economy
  • a chance for long-term employment with the organization training you
  • real work experience and connections that will make it easier for you to find employment

Who is eligible

You can apply if you’re:

  • between the ages of 15 and 29 as of your enrollment in the program
  • a resident of Ontario, and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Age requirements for some training programs supported by the Youth Skills Connections program may differ due to the individual requirements of the program.

Some programs may only be available for youth between the ages 18 to 29.

Please check with the participating organization to learn more about the entry requirements.

If you are on social assistance (Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program) you can still apply to the Youth Skills Connections program. Payments from the program may be exempt as income and assets under social assistance, so your monthly social assistance payment may not be affected. Call your local Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program office for more information.

How to apply

You need to apply directly to an organization offering the Youth Skills Connections program. The list of organizations offering Youth Skills Connections will be updated regularly from now to 2017.

You can set up an appointment to discuss the application process or get more information by contacting the participating organization nearest you.

Participating organizations

OrganizationOffice location - street nameCityProvincePostal codePhoneEmailWebsiteProject name
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters620-55 Standish CourtMississaugaOntarioL5R 4B2905-672-3466 ext. 3266

omlc.caCNC Machinist Program
Canadian Skills Training and Employment Coalition800-234 Eglinton Avenue EastTorontoOntarioM4P 1K7416 480 2986general@cstec.cacstec.caTraining Consortia
Canadian Tooling & Machining Association3-140 McGovern DriveCambridgeOntarioN3H 4R7519-653-7265info@ctma.comctma.comIntroductory Trades Training
Ontario Aerospace Council1701 Aberfoyle CourtPickeringOntarioL1V 4W4905-772-3573marlene.conway-diels@theoac.catheoac.caAerospace Assembly-Installation Operators Selection & Learning
George Brown College264B Adelaide Street EastTorontoOntarioM5A 1N1416-415-5000 ext. 3907helen.tewolde@georgebrown.cageorgebrown.caFashion Exchange GBC
NPower Canada350 Victoria StreetTorontoOntarioM5B 2K3647-523-3266chelsea.jackson@npowercanada.canpower.orgAdvancing Youth Employment Strategies in the IT sector
Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT)1545 Maley DriveSudburyONP3A 4R7705.521.8324dduval@norcat.orgnorcat.orgSurface and Underground Miner Skills Training and Development
Centennial College75 Ashtonbee RdTorontoOntarioM1L 4N4416-289-5000 ext. 7256jerichsen@centennialcollege.cacentennialcollege.caStructural (aircraft) Assembly Training Program
Progress Career Planning Institute1200 Markham Road, Suite 400TorontoOntarioM1H 3C3416-439-8448pcpi@careerplan.netpcpi.caYouth Employment Skills in IT (YIT)
Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization100 College Street, Suite 213TorontoOntarioM5G 1L5416-848-6839 ext. 101gailgarland@obio.caobio.caHealth to Business Bridge (H2BB)