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Youth Programs and Services

There are several Employment Ontario programs available through the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre to assist youth in obtaining employment including; Youth Job Connection, Youth Job Connection Summer and Youth Job Link. Find out which youth program is right for you. Visit the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre Youth Website.

Research opportunities available to youth through government funded programs:


Following is a list of Job Programs for Youth - designed to help young people get ready for the labour market through entrepreneurship opportunities, mentorship, work experience and skills training.

Which program is right for you?

Aboriginal Law Summer Program

  • For first- and second-year law students
  • For students who are currently enrolled in law school
  • For students whose foreign-trained credentials are being assessed by the National Committee on Accreditation
  • Get experience working on Aboriginal law and policy
  • Applications usually close in January or February

Indigenous Youth Work Exchange Program

  • During the summer hiring period from April to June
  • Apply for an 8-week summer placement opportunity with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for up to 3 consecutive summers
  • Gain experience in natural resource management, obtain job skills and benefit from personal development
  • No set deadline for applications
  • Positions posted between the end of March and the end of June and listed online throughout the year
  • During the posting period, also look for posted jobs at, and through Band offices and Friendship Centres


  • Learn a skilled trade on the job
  • Find out how you may qualify and apply to be an apprentice
  • Train in one of more than 150 skilled trades in Ontario

Visit the Ontario College of Trades website.

Click here to find the Employment Ontario apprenticeship office near you. There are 32 offices across the province.

Articling Student/Summer Law Program

  • For students who are currently enrolled in law school
  • For students whose foreign-trained credentials are being assessed by the National Committee on Accreditation
  • Article with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Opportunities in various Crown Attorney offices across the province and in a variety of other legal offices 

Employment Ontario Employment Service

Assistance with:

  • Employment
  • Training/skills upgrading
  • Connection with employers looking to hire

Engineering Development Program

  • For recent civil and geotechnical engineering graduates
  • Help design and build Ontario’s roads and bridges
  • Get qualifying experience for an engineering license and more senior work in the public service

First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program

  • 2-year placements for Aboriginal youth (16-18 years old) in Northern Ontario
  • Opportunities to work on forestry and mining projects, receive workplace training and take personal development workshops
  • Recruitment: during spring, through Confederation College and in partnership with First Nations communities

Focus on Youth Summer Program

Internship for Internationally Trained Engineers

  • Apply for a 12-15 month paid internship as an engineer with the Ontario government
  • Gain the Canadian work experience you need to become licensed as a professional engineer in Ontario
  • Applications are posted August to September

Internship for Internationally Trained Individuals

  • A 6-month paid internship for newcomers who have been in Canada for 3 years or less
  • Earn valuable work experience in their related career fields within the Ontario Public Service 

Internship at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

  • Up to two 40-week paid placements with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in select fields (e.g. biology, park planning, enforcement, forestry)
  • Gain work experience in your field, career development training and coaching
  • For full-time or recently graduated university and college students (within 5 years)
  • New internship opportunities are posted throughout the year as they arise

MaRS Studio [Y]

  • 8-month fellowship for young people aged 18-29
  • Learn critical skills you need to solve complex 21st-century challenges
  • Build networks with peers, mentors, coaches, and leaders
  • Pursue your innovative ideas for bold change in society
  • Work on real-world challenges with partners from across sectors

Ontario Disability Support Program Employment Supports

  • For people with disabilities
  • Become employment-ready
  • Get help to find a job, advance your career or start your own business

Ontario Global Edge Program

  • For full-time post-secondary students aged 19 to 29 who have interest or experience in entrepreneurship
  • Learn about entrepreneurship and the role of small and medium-sized businesses in a global economy
  • Recieve a work placement in a small- or medium-sized business outside of Canada
  • Get up to $4,000 to support the costs associated with the work placement
  • Apply through your participating post-secondary institution

Ontario Internship Program

  • A paid internship program with the Ontario Public Service for individuals recently graduated with a degree, diploma or a post-graduate certificate
  • Gain invaluable work experience as you explore career opportunities in the public service
  • Choose to work in Information and Information Technology, Program Service Delivery, Business and Financial Planning, Human Resources, Communications, Labour Relations or Policy Development
  • Apply online in January

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (grades 11 and 12)

  • Get a co-op placement in a skilled trade (e.g. electrical, hair styling)
  • Opportunities available to become a registered apprentice
  • To apply, speak to a Guidance, Cooperative Education or Technological Education teacher at your school

School of Social Entrepreneurs

  • A 6-month fellowship at the Daniels Centre of Learning in Toronto
  • Support to help you develop and secure a social venture that can benefit your community (e.g., fair trade products)
  • Cost: $1,500 (including course materials and school fees)
  • Scholarships and bursaries available, in some cases

SmartStart Seed Fund

  • A funding and support program for technology or innovation-based Ontario entrepreneurs aged 18 to 29
  • 1:1 matching financing required from at least one other source
  • If you obtain matched financing, you may get an additional $5,000 for entrepreneurship skills training and business support services (no matching funds required)

Starter Company Program

  • An entrepreneurship program for Ontario people aged 18 to 29
  • Applicants must not be attending school full time
  • Get guidance, mentoring, business expertise and funding to start, grow, or buy a small business
  • To qualify for funding of up to $5,000, you need to be able to contribute at least 25% (in cash or in-kind) of the grant amount

Stewardship Youth Ranger Program (Rangers)

  • The posting period for Stewardship Youth Ranger positions is February – April.
  • Open to those 16 or 17 years old at time of hire but not turning 18 before December 31st
  • Work outdoors on natural resources projects in your own community (e.g. create wildlife habitat, study species at risk)
  • Get training and education (e.g., First Aid, species identification)
  • May earn two high school co-op credits
  • Duration: 8 weeks

Stewardship Youth Ranger Program (Team Leads)

  • Apply to lead rangers with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry during the summer
  • Work includes strenuous tasks outdoors, often over rough terrain and in adverse weather conditions
  • Positions are posted on as they become available between February and April. Deadlines vary.

Strategic Community Entrepreneurship Projects

  • An entrepreneurship program for young Ontarians aged 15 to 29
  • Get training, support, resources and money to start your own business
  • Applicants must not be eligible for other self-employment programs, such as the Ontario Self-Employment Benefit

Summer Company

  • Entrepreneurship program for students aged 15-29
  • Get $1,500 in start-up money to kick-off a new summer business
  • Up to an additional $1,500 when you successfully complete the program requirements
  • Receive advice and mentorship from local business leaders to help get the business up and running

TalentEdge Internship and Fellowship Program

  • Four-month paid internships for Ontario students currently in college or university (graduate or undergraduate), or who those who have graduated within the last 3 years
  • Up to two 12-month paid fellowships available to Ontario residents with a doctoral degree
  • Opportunities to work on a collaborative, industry-driven research, development and commercialization project in your discipline or area of specialization

Transportation Technician Initiative (engineering tech graduates)

  • Get a full-time, permanent job with the Ministry of Transportation
  • Get 3 years of rotating assignments and work experience

Young Entrepreneurs Make Your Pitch (grades 9 to 12)

  • Pitch your business idea in a two-minute video to the public and expert judges
  • Finalists present their idea at the Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Discovery conference where they will receive pitch preparation training and a certificate of achievement
  • Winners receive a reserved place in the Summer Company program and other prizes

Youth Business Acceleration Program

  • A program to support young people aged 18 to 29 as technology entrepreneurs or to work with technology entrepreneurs
  • Get access to mentorship and advice from business experts to start and grow a technology company
  • Access valuable market intelligence
  • Get up to $5,000 to fund business development projects
  • Get up to $15,000 to fund a young business professional in your technology business

Youth Investment Accelerator Fund

  • A funding program for eligible technology companies founded by entrepreneurs under the age of 30
  • Get support as you build your team and commercialize your technologies
  • The program targets high potential technology start-ups with a market potential of at least $100 million

Youth in Policing Initiative

  • Get a 6-8 week summer or after-school job with a local police service
  • Gain experience through diverse work assignments
  • Examples could include community policing, forensics, traffic services
  • For residents in select communities only: contact your local police department to see if they offer the program

Youth Job Connection

Get a job – with paid training – if you’re:

  • 15 to 29 years old
  • Not working, in school or in a training program
  • Have had a hard time getting a job due to poverty, homelessness, a disability or mental health issue

We will provide you with the skills and resources you need and help you in finding paid short or long term employment, upgrade your education or enter the skilled trades.

Youth Job Connection Summer

Get a summer job – with paid training – if you’re:

  • A high school student
  • 15 to 18 years old
  • Facing challenges such as poverty, homelessness, a disability or mental health issue.

When summer’s over, you can also get help finding part-time, after-school jobs.

Youth Skills Connections

  • A training and employment program for young unemployed or underemployed Ontarians aged 15 to 29
  • Gain the skills and hands-on experience today’s employers are looking for
  • Potential for long-term employment


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