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Employment Services

Summer/Student Incentives

This Employment Ontario program is funded by the Government of Ontario.


Youth Job Connection - Summer

Register your company as a Youth Job Connection Summer Employer to receive referrals and qualify for financial hiring incentives.

Hire high school students to fill your summer positions.

Youth Job Connection Summer provides paid pre-employment training, job opportunities and mentorship to high school students aged 15-18. As an employer you have the opportunity to provide valuable work experience to high school students who are returning to high school or have graduated and will be attending post-secondary education in the fall. A financial incentive is available to help cover the costs of wages and training.

Program Benefits for Employers:

  • fill short-term summer positions with high school students who are ready to work and motivated to succeed
  • financial incentives to offset on-boarding and training costs paid in lump sum increments over the duration of the placement
  • receive pre-screened youth referrals who have completed pre-employment training and are available to start immediately.

A YMCA Employment Services Job Developer will work with you to understand your needs and connect you with qualified candidates in your community.

To learn more about the NEW Youth Job Connection Summer program call 519-371-9222.


Hire high school students for after school hours and weekends

The Youth Job Connection Summer program also offers a financial incentive to employers looking to hire high school students during the school year. Students must be between the ages of 15-18 and attending high school. Placements during the school year cannot exceed 10 hours per week and must not overlap with school hours.