Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for


Ottawa Centre

Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for


Ottawa Centre

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Skills Development

Employment Resource Centres for Youth

YMCA Employment Access Centre (Argyle and Merivale) 

  • Personalized employment consultation to help identify your goals and guide you through your job search.
  • Help building a resume and cover letter, and preparation for your job interviews.
  • Information on training, apprenticeships, subsidized work placements, community supports and job postings.
  • Free access to computers, photocopier, printer, fax, internet and Wi-Fi.

Youth Services Bureau (YSB) Employment Services

  • Career counselling; interview prep; job fairs; job placements
  • 20-60 hours of paid training to prepare youth for workplace
  • Job placement for up to six months, with support and funding for employers
  • Mentorship, coaching and help with school/ work transitions

Eligibility:

  • Youth (15 and 29) who are not in work, school or training and who face complex/ multiple barriers to employment are eligible
  • High School students (15 and 18) who are facing challenging life circumstances, and who need help transitioning between school and work

Operation Come Home: IncubationWorks  – Entrepreneurship
Incubator Works is an entrepreneurship program designed to provide at-risk youth ages 16-29 with hands on business developing skills. To gain more knowledge about small business operations and social enterprises, youth will shadow one of Operation Come Home’s five social enterprises over a course of 12 weeks (BottleWorks, BYBO, FarmWorks, FoodWorks or Repurpose). Youth will also participate in 5 workshops to be held at Operation Come Home, and learn how to develop a professional business plan. Once all hours are completed, selected youth will have the opportunity to pitch for a micro grant to start their own enterprise or socially “conscious” business. Mentorship and expertise will be provided for at least 3 months after each business start launches.

Operation Come Home: Social Enterprises
FoodWorks: A social enterprise that engages at-risk youth in Ottawa in the development of culinary skills. Our participants are trained and supervised by a professional chef. Our goal is to employ at risk youth, teaching them viable real world kitchen skills. Our customers benefit from a chef prepared high quality from-scratch meal brought directly to their door.

FarmWorks: A social enterprise at Operation Come Home (OCH), offering youth between the ages of 16-30 a safe space to develop skills while learning about food, farming, and agriculture. Our goal is to provide a broad range of skills and experiences to youth to ensure future employment options in horticulture, agriculture, hospitality, or to facilitate returning to school in a related field, while developing personal and professional skills through their FarmWorks experience. 

BottleWorks: A social enterprise that employs at-risk youth for a twelve week period. Picking up from local Ottawa restaurants, bars, hotels, condominiums and conference facilities, employees of BottleWorks collect empty alcohol bottles and cans and issue a charitable tax receipt to the business afterwards. While learning skills such as punctuality, team work, initiative and customer service, youth are also paired with a support worker to build resumes, find future employment, and work to overcome any other obstacles that they may be facing.

Please note that this list is not comprehensive; if you think we missed out on any organization or program, please do not hesitate to send your recommendations to catherine.mckenna@parl.gc.ca.