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#ImpactCOVID Summit: Employment Resources

April 14, 2020

At the #ImpactCOVID Youth Summit, agencies and organizations across Canada wanted youth to know that they are here assist with finding employment opportunities

As a youth, breaking into the job market can be challenging—especially in the shifting (in some cases, dwindling) economy brought on by COVID-19.

The traditional challenges remain the same:

 How do I convince a company to hire me as a youth with little to no experience?

 How do I find employment in my field as a new grad?

 How do I stand out as a potential candidate?

At the ImpactCOVID Youth Summit held on April 2nd, we heard that these challenges, along with lay-offs, suspended or cancelled internship opportunities and social distancing, are making young people feel worried and in some cases, helpless and isolated.  

While it may be difficult to stay positive during this crisis, consider that economists are predicting a “V-shaped” recession—meaning the economy will plunge significantly, but may rebound just as fast once the pandemic passes (and will, eventually).

Also consider that the Federal Government has committed to investing $90 billion in economic aid to support Canadians during this crisis. “The Federal Reserve has done more in a month than they did in the first year of the Global Financial Crisis, [in 2008]” economist David Rosenberg said in an interview with Macleans.

At the summit, many representatives of organizations across Canada expressed their readiness to assist youth through these uncertain times. Here is a list of employment and skills training resources that can help you pull though: 

St. Stephens Community House

The Employment and Training Centre at St. Stephens helps youth, adults and new Canadians prepare for, and find new employment opportunities. They serve over 9,000 people, mainly in the Toronto area, but also have postings on their job board for openings across Ontario. While you’re there, check out the youth-focussed resources for employment skills training. For more information, contact Andrea at

The Career Foundation

For over three decades, The Career Foundation has been connecting job-seekers with employers. It has a robust youth program, designed to connect young people to opportunities in the GTA. Their youth employment programming offers one-on-one coaching to support you throughout the employment process. Youth can contact Tayyaba S. @thecareerfnd.youth.

Centre for Education and Training

From assisting youth with overcoming barriers to stable employment, to youth-focussed skills training, the TCET serves youth in the Peel Region through the Youth Job Connection program. Youth living in these regions looking for information on their programs can visit the website or contact

Government of Canada Job Bank

Young job-seekers can browse postings on the Government of Canada’s job bank. Youth can also use the free resume builder and the tips and tricks section to assist with job applications for positions across the country. Pro Tip: Dozens of new job postings were loaded in the last week! Use the notification tools for alerts on new postings.

Conestoga Career Centre

Conestoga Career Centre’s Youth Job Connection Program offers programs for youth in high school, youth who are not in school and unemployed, and newcomers to Canada living in the Waterloo and surrounding regions. See a directory of their nine locations here.


Youth looking to upgrade their skills, or perhaps explore the best career that matches their skillset can visit CAREERWISE program website for students and youth at CERIC. There are tons of webinars and resources available to help you find your way in the job market. If you’re unemployed or recently laid off, this would be a great time to connect with a career counsellor to discover what careers out there are best suited for your skills and experience.


Opportunity For All Youth (O4AY) has set an ambitious goal of connecting 40,000 NEET youth with sustainable employment by May, 2023 by bridging the gap between employers who are committed to hiring NEET youth, and the community service providers that work with youth every day. For more information, contact us here.

The #ImpactCOVID Youth Summit was hosted by Opportunity For All Youth and The Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity.

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