The Youth Job Connection program is designed to help young people between the ages of 15-29, who face serious barriers to employment. It provides access to employability and employment skills development, along with education/training and work experiences. The goal is to achieve long-term employment, meaningful careers and success in their future work lives.


The program consists of:

  • PAID pre-employment workshops
  • Job-matching and paid job placement including placement support for participants and incentives for employers
  • Job mentorship and counselling support
  • Employment transition support

Jobs placements and employment transition supports dependent on current COVID restrictions.

Financial Assistance

  • Participants receive a stipend when they participate in pre-employment services. The amount of the stipend is set at the provincial minimum wage*, per participant. Clients are required to complete a minimum of sixty (60) hours of pre-employment workshops, up to a maximum of ninety (90) hours.
  • Employment Supports are available, to a maximum of $1000. Exceptions over the maximum limit are permitted for persons with disabilities. Example of supports that can be covered include work clothing, equipment, childcare and transportation costs.
  • Employers are eligible for a maximum wage subsidy, of up to the current minimum wage rate, per hour.



To inquiry about this program, please contact Employment and Training Coach, Marjorie Henhawk, via e-mail at marjorie@greatsn.com or via text/call at 519-732-6128.

Program Details


  • Youth ages fifteen (15) to twenty-nine (29) (twenty-nine [29], at the time of registration).
  • A resident of Ontario.
  • Eligible to work in Canada.
  • Unemployed.
  • Not participating in full-time education or training, as defined by the institution.
  • Facing multiple barriers to employment.
  • *GREAT will ensure that participants, who are fifteen (15) years old, to under eighteen (18), will be legally excused from attending high school.