Unemployed Youth

Below is a list of programs and services specific to the needs of unemployed Canadian youth. Be sure to check out our general audience pages as well for more information on Jobs, Education, Careers and Money.


  • Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is focused on young Canadians aged 15-30 who were unemployed or underemployed prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment and to make a successful transition from school to work.
  • Job Bank is an electronic listing of jobs provided by employers from across Canada.
  • Check out Service Canada's various job search tools to help you find a job, create a résumé, choose a career and assess your skills.
  • Visit the Training and Careers Web site from Service Canada for resources to help you in your job search or to change your career.
  • The Targeted Wage Subsidies program from Employment and Social Development Canada assists Employment Insurance eligible individuals experiencing difficulty in finding work to get on-the-job work experience.
  • Job Creation Partnerships (JCP) applies to individuals who want to develop skills and gain meaningful work experience. The main criterion for JCP is that the work experience provided to unemployed individuals should lead to long term employment.
  • The Self-Employment (SE)  program from Employment and Social Development Canada provides financial assistance to help eligible, unemployed individuals to start a business.
  • Full-time students can post their resume at the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) Web site and apply for temporary student jobs within the federal public service of Canada.
  • Consider a career with the federal public service of Canada! Find out what the Public Service has to offer and how to apply for jobs across Canada at the Jobs.gc.ca Web site.


  • The Skills Development employment program from Employment and Social Development Canada provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to help them get the skills training they need for employment.
  • Consider returning to school to upgrade your education and skills. Visit the CanLearn Web site to learn more about post-secondary programs and student financial aid.
  • An apprenticeship program can help you to learn a skilled trade and earn money while doing it! An apprenticeship is an agreement between a person (an apprentice) who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. Most of the education is on the job, but supplemented by courses at a training institution.


  • Have you been laid-off from your job? Employment Insurance (EI) provides benefits to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own (for example, due to shortage of work, seasonal or mass lay-offs) and are available for and able to work, but can't find a job. This site outlines what it takes to be eligible for EI benefits and how to apply.
  • Find out if you may eligible to receive other government benefits by completing the Benefits Finder profile at the CanadaBenefits.gc.ca Web site.
  • Are you owed wages since you lost your job? The Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP) reimburses eligible workers for unpaid wages and vacation pay they are owed when their employer declares bankruptcy or becomes subject to a receivership.