The objectives of Options Youth are to help employers cover the cost of training while helping priority youth (age 15-30) overcome multiple barriers to employment, and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to make a successful transition to the labour market or return to school.
Options Youth Provides:
- A $5/hour wage subsidy based on a 35hr work week for 20 weeks
- Job advertising on job boards such as Indeed
- Advice and monitoring throughout the program to ensure participants and employers are receiving the best possible experience
How it Works:
- Apply to the program
- We will post your job and short list candidates
- You interview and hire a qualified applicant
- Invoice the program each month for our portion of the salary
- Provide a minimum $5/hr top up (making the salary for a participant minimum wage at $11/hr)
- Provide an additional 11.58% coverage of MERC (mandatory employment related costs -CPP, EI, Vacation Pay)
- Assign an organization mentor to act as a mentor for the participant. Mentors spend on average one hour a week with each participant
- Must be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the time of intake/selection
- Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee status has been conferred
- Must be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations
- Must be not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
- in need of assistance to overcome employment barriers.
Skills Link participants are youth who may be at risk of not making a successful transition to the workplace but for whom, nonetheless, a reasonable expectation exists that employment may be possible following an SL work experience. Examples of employment barriers include, but are not limited to:
- high school non-completion;
- person with a disability;
- Aboriginal origin;
- visible or ethnic minority;
- residing in a rural or remote location;
- single parent;
- recent immigrant youth;
- official language minority community language barriers (i.e. Francophone residing outside Québec or English-speaking resident of Québec);
- other reasons (to be specified as part of the proposal approval process).
For more information please see the Skills Link participant requirements
EmployersIf your business could benefit from receiving over $3,500 in funding to hire a priority youth, please fill out the application below. If you have any questions please contact [email protected]
Are you a youth facing a barrier to employment? Click here to view our job postings. We are constantly adding new postings so check back often!