Backgrounder: Youth Employment Strategy

Employment and Social Development Canada

Youth Employment Strategy

The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada’s strategy to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace. YES aims to help youth between the ages of 15 and 30 get the information and gain the skills, job experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition to the workforce.

YES includes Skills Link, Career Focus and Summer Work Experience and is delivered by 11 federal departments.

  • Summer Work Experience provides wage subsidies to employers to create summer employment for secondary and post-secondary students. The Summer Work Experience program includes Canada Summer Jobs.
  • Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment—including single parents, youth with disabilities, Indigenous youth, young newcomers and youth in rural and remote areas—to develop employability skills and gain the experience they need to find a job or return to school.
  • Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates transition to the labour market through paid internships. It helps provide youth with the information and experience they need to make informed career decisions, find a job or pursue advanced studies.