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Skills Link | Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC):


Maximum $25,000.


Skills Link is a program that provides funding for employers and organizations to offer eligible activities to youth facing barriers to employment. The program is part of the Youth Employment Strategy, a horizontal initiative involving eleven federal departments and agencies.

Eligible Applicants


  • Not-for-profit organizations; For-profit organizations; Municipal governments
  • Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities);
  • Provincial and territorial governments, institutions, agencies and Crown Corporations

Eligible participants:

Participants are recruited by the funding recipients. To participate in Skills Link projects, youth must be:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the time of intake/selection
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee status has been conferred
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations
  • Not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
  • In need of assistance to overcome employment barriers. Examples of employment barriers include, but are not limited to:
    • High school non-completion
    • Person with a disability
    • Aboriginal origin
    • Visible or ethnic minority
    • Residing in a rural or remote location
    • Single parent
    • Recent immigrant youth
    • Official language minority community language barriers

Eligible Expenses

in approved activities. Costs may include:

  • income support to individuals (wages, allowances) based on the prevailing provincial/territorial minimum wage rate; mandatory employment related costs;
  • additional support to cover all or part of the incremental costs for individuals to participate, such as dependent care, travel or transportation (including these costs related to relocation);
  • completion bonuses; other support to cover the cost of items associated with the youth’s participation (to a maximum of $500);

Deadline Date

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