Youth Job Link is designed to help youth, including students, aged 15 to 29, who do not face significant barriers to employment, but who could benefit from some extra help to plan their careers and transition to the labour market.
Youth Job Link is integrated into the Employment Service (ES) Resource and Information component, but features expanded, youth-focused offerings.
Youth Job Link provides three categories of non-intensive employment services, each of which is available year-round. They are:
All ES providers, at over 320 locations across the province, are delivering this new program.
Youth Job Link is part of a new, more comprehensive and targeted suite of employment programs and services the Ontario government is implementing to more effectively help young people across a broader spectrum of needs improve their skills and find work. This includes Youth Job Connection, Youth Job Link and the existing Employment Service.
Youth Job Link was developed as part of the Ontario government’s renewed Youth Jobs Strategy, as well as our initiative to modernize and transform employment and training programs and services to make them evidence-based, better coordinated, more targeted and more effective for people across the province, including young people.
Including Youth Job Link, there are more than 30 government programs to help youth build skills, find a job or start a business.
Monitoring each ES YJL site’s performance is essential to supporting continuous improvement. The purpose of strategic monitoring is to promote the effective and efficient use of tools and resources, enable ministry staff and service providers to optimize resources, and identify service providers that require greater support to target areas that require improvement through monitoring.