Government of Canada launches call for proposals for projects that help youth join job market

October 4, 2023              Gatineau, Quebec              Employment and Social Development Canada 

Canadian youth are among the brightest and hardest working in the world, and they are focused on building a better future for themselves and their communities. To build a solid foundation, young people are eager to join the job market and earn money from meaningful employment opportunities. However, we know that many young people still face barriers to employment. That is why the Government of Canada continues to invest through its comprehensive array of youth programming to make sure young people are connected to fulfilling employment opportunities.

Today, Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, launched a call for proposals under the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) Program of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Projects funded through this call for proposals will help improve labour market outcomes for up to 20,000 youth facing barriers to employment. ESDC will provide eligible organizations with up to $5 million per year for up to four years (starting in 2024–25). The YESS Program will fund organizations to deliver a broad range of activities that help young people (aged 15 to 30). For example, funded projects might include activities aimed at providing mentoring, skills development and training, paid work experiences, or wraparound supports such as dependent care support or mental health counselling.  

New to this funding cycle is an emphasis on supporting projects that target youth with disabilities and youth furthest from employment, such as those facing multiple and compounding barriers. Other priority groups include Indigenous youth, 2SLGBTQI+ youth, Black and other racialized youth, and youth in official language minority communities.

Organizations are invited to apply for funding from now until 3:59 p.m. EST on November 22, 2023. Click here for details on how to apply for funding.

Additional funding opportunities will be available this fall for organizations that provide volunteer and summer job opportunities for youth through the Canada Service Corps and Canada Summer Jobs. 

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