Ontario Expands Programs to Help Youth Find Jobs and Start Businesses

Friday, May 22, 2015

Media Release

Province Helping Youth Gain Workforce Experience and Business Training


May 22, 2015

Ontario is partnering with industry, educators and not-for-profits to help young people get the skills and experience they need to get a job or start their own businesses.  

The province is investing more than $15 million to launch the second rounds of Youth Skills Connections, Strategic Community Entrepreneurship Projects, and High School Entrepreneurship Outreach programs across Ontario.

The programs are part of Ontario's Youth Jobs Strategy and offer young people industry-recognized training, job placements, mentorship opportunities, entrepreneurial experience, and start-up support. Since its launch in 2013, the Youth Jobs Strategy has created more than 27,000 job opportunities for young people across the province.

Investing in young people is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic and innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.



" Our government is working hard to equip young people with high-quality skills, allowing them to compete and succeed in today’s fast-paced job market, while also connecting them with entrepreneurial support to create the next generation of businesses. These three programs are perfect examples of the types of initiatives we are introducing to foster the ideas, energy and drive of Ontario youth, so that they can grow our economy into the future."
- Brad Duguid
Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure



  • Youth Skills Connections creates partnerships between industry, educators and not-for-profits to identify skills gaps and provide the training and employment opportunities to fill them.
  • Strategic Community Entrepreneurship Projects provide grants to not-for-profit organizations that help 15-29 year-olds from high-needs communities and vulnerable populations start a business.
  • Together, Youth Skills Connections and Strategic Community Entrepreneurship Projects have helped more than 4,100 vulnerable young people receive in-demand training to find a job and support to start a business.
  • High School Entrepreneurship Outreach funds not-for-profit organizations to deliver programming that shows high school students the possibilities of running their own businesses.
  • Through High School Entrepreneurship Outreach, nearly 65,000 students have learned valuable skills and gained on-the-job experience in running a small business.