When youth “age out” of the child welfare system, it can be a stressful and disorienting time. They lose access to all supports, including a social worker and other resources. Youth Works is a pre-employment development program that aims to help youth in and from care in their transition to independence. This program is inclusive of individuals with varying education levels, from high school and GED to high school diploma and post-secondary education.

What does it cover?

  • Developing employability Skills: Employment counselors will work with youth participants to prepare them for their employment path, from preparing resumes to attaining employment-readiness skills.
  • Assist in seeking internships and job placements: Youth will receive support with job searching and be referred to employers for meaningful work experience.
  • Providing employment training: Support youth to access training or credentials for entry-level jobs such as first-aid and CPR certificates, food handler’s certification, getting a driver’s license.

Who is eligible?

  • Youth aged 16 – 29.
  • Must be Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a protected person under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada, meeting both federal and relevant provincial/ territorial legislation requirements.
  • Youth in or from permanent care, or those who have been in a youth agreement with a child welfare agency.
  • With a willingness and commitment to engagement with the program, including active participation in training, job placement or stability activities, showcasing motivation to find and retain employment.


Please email us at youthworks@ccssociety.ca for any enquiry.