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Youth employment programs and services

The Career Focus program provides funding for employers to offer post-secondary graduates opportunities to obtain career-related work experience. The objective of this program is to help youth acquire advanced employment skills and facilitate their transition to a rapidly changing labour market. This program connects youth with employers who can provide them with career-related work experience.

To qualify for Career Focus, participants must be:

1. Between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive);

2. Post-secondary graduates;

3. Out of school;

4. Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have refugee status;

5. Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation
and regulations; and

6. Not in receipt of Employment Insurance benefits.

Contribution recipients can be a business, an organization (such as a not-for-profit, professional, or labour organizations, or employers), institutions (public health or educational), band/tribal councils, Aboriginal organizations, or municipal governments. The Career Focus program provides financial assistance to contribution recipients so work experience opportunities can be provided to youth. Financial assistance can also be provided for national projects. To be eligible for national funding, organizations must provide activities in three or more provinces or territories.
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