Job Search Help

Job Search Workshop
Put your hand up if you want a job! The library can help you get there.

The library is a great place to start your job search. We offer job search and career workshops across the city, just for teens.

There are many employment supports for youth from government and agencies that we list below. Many students find employment babysitting, in the food industry, at amusement parks and summer camps, so you might want to look at online job listings with specific organizations you'd like to work for as well.

Note that the search for summer jobs begins earlier than you might think, usually around January for most jobs and around November for summer camp jobs. 

City of Toronto: Jobs at the City

See job opportunities with the City of Toronto.

City of Toronto: Parks and Recreation

Toronto's department of Parks and Recreation lists current opportunities that are suitable for youth.

City of Toronto: Business Start Ups

If you are interested in starting your own business but need some guidance then check out the City of Toronto's Business Start Ups (formerly Enterprise Toronto).

Government of Canada Services for Youth

Lists resources and strategies for jobs for Canadian students. Job sources; how to find a job. Start your own business; volunteering to get work experience.

Job Bank

Government of Canada Job Bank allows you to search for jobs collected and posted daily across Canada.

Ontario Camps Association Online Job Board

Jobs at summer camps in Ontario. Choose Applications from the Job menu to use the OCA Postings service which matches up people looking for summer camp work with the directors of nearly 300 member camps. 

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

OYAP helps teens (entering Grade 11 and at least 16 years old) obtain placements in 130 skilled trades that can be learned through apprenticeship training while still in school.

Ontario Summer Jobs for Students

Summer jobs for students: Information for high school, university and college students, ages 15 to 29, looking for work this summer. From the Government of Ontario.

Parks Canada Student Employment

Work for Parks Canada from May to September through the Parks Canada Student Employment Program.

Summer Company Program

How to get money and advice to run a summer business in Ontario.

Toronto Youth Job Corps

TYJC is a paid employment program designed to connect youth between the ages of 16-29 who are out of school and out of work, to develop important life and employment skills through employment, school and/or training. 

YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange

If you are between 16 and 17 and returning to school in September, you may apply to work in Quebec during six weeks in the summer.

Young Canada Works

Young Canada Works (YCW) offers a variety of summer job and internship programs to job seekers and employers.

Youth Employment Service Toronto (YES)

Specializing in career counselling and job placement, YES helps find jobs, get training, education or business outcomes for youth.

Youth Employment and Skills Strategy

The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) is a new, integrated strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to support all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition in the labour market.

Youth In Policing Initiative (YIPI)

The aim of the Youth in Policing Initiative is to promote youth participation in and exposure to the work environment through diverse, educational, and productive work assignments. This employment initiative focuses on diverse youth between the ages of 15 and 18 years, who reside in our priority identified neighbourhoods within the City of Toronto.

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Youth with Disabilities

If you are disabled you may qualify for certain employment and training programs. Check out the websites below for the right organization and program for you.  

Skills Link 

Skills Link funds community organizations that assist youth facing barriers to employment. A barrier could be a handicap, lack of education, difficulty with English, or lack of a stable home life. Community advisors work closely with youth to help them decide the kind of job they want and the skills they need to get it. Together, they develop an action plan, tailored to assist the young person in meeting his or her employment needs and career goals.
Publisher - Government of Canada

WORKink: Virtual Employment Centre For People With Disabilities

Canada-wide network which supports and promotes the equitable employment of people with disabilities. Job postings, resume writer, chat rooms.

Fabarnak

Fabarnak Restaurant and Catering is a social enterprise initiative of The 519 Church Street Community Centre. They provide a structured training environment that helps people with employment barriers to gain work experience under the guidance of a professional team of chefs and front-of-house staff. Fabarnak's program defines 'barriers to employment' broadly. Previous program participants have included trans youth undergoing a gender transition, newcomers to Canada with limited Canadian work experience and young people in recovery from addiction.

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Youth on the Street

If you are on the street and out of work there are opportunities for you to gain a job and work experience. Check out the websites below for information.

Beat the Street

Beat the Street (BTS) is a learning center in downtown Toronto for youth who are at-risk, street involved or homeless. They are a program of Frontier College.

Skills Link

Skills Link funds community organizations that assist youth facing barriers to employment. A barrier could be a handicap, lack of education, difficulty with English, or lack of a stable home life. Community advisors work closely with youth to help them decide the kind of job they want and the skills they need to get it. Together, they develop an action plan, tailored to assist the young person in meeting his or her employment needs and career goals.

St. Stephen's Community House Employment and Training

St. Stephen's Community House is a community-based social service agency serving the needs of Kensington Market and surrounding neighbourhoods in downtown West Toronto.

Phoenix Print Shop

The Eva's Phoenix Print Shop is a socially and environmentally responsible commercial printer that supports a training program for homeless and at-risk youth. Located at Eva's Phoenix, a transitional housing and employment facility for homeless youth, the Eva's Phoenix Print Shop is a social enterprise of Eva's Initiatives.

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Know of a great resource for youth but don't see it here? Let us know! Email teens@tpl.ca

Page updated: May 14, 2020.