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Youth Employment Resources

Are you a youth looking for job, but don’t know where to start your search? There is no need to do it alone—Barrie has organizations and programs that can help you find a job or start your career planning.

Career & Education Planning
Careers & Higher Education 
(Barrie Public Library)
Many young adults are looking to the future as their high school years come to a close. Often post-secondary education is the next step to consider. What are your options and how do you make the decision?
Planning Your Future
(Simcoe County District School Board)
Provides helpful links and resources for career planning, guidance services, and post-secondary destinations.
Y’s Youth Drop-In Centre Access is free, and youth can access our job board, housing board, free internet access or work with staff and volunteers on resumes, job applications, etc.  Located at 49 High Street; open Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30.  For more info call 705 726-5572.
What do I need to graduate?
(Ontario Ministry of Education)
Not sure what you need to graduate or what courses to take next year? Here's an overview of the secondary school program plus detailed breakdowns of courses offered.
Career Cruising Career Cruising offers the opportunity to “match” someone with a career. It not only provides helpful information on career planning, but also info about resumes and tools needed when job searching. To use the career planning, you need a login – if you do not have a login from school, please visit the Barrie Public Library to obtain one.
Learning &  Planning a Career
(Government of Canada)
Information and resources to help you make informed decisions about your learning needs, and some important things for you to consider as you choose the career path that’s right for you.
Small Business Centre 
Becoming an entrepreneur is a very rewarding path, and it comes with a lot of hard work and dedication. The Small Business Centre of Barrie, Orillia, and Simcoe County has tools and resources to assist youth in finding the program that fits.
Summer Company Summer Company is an Ontario Government program for students aged 15–29. The program provides hands-on business training and mentoring, and awards up to $3000 to help start a summer business. The annual application deadline is the end of April (approximately). To discuss your eligibility, please contact the Small Business Centre.
Starter Company If you're finished school and proposing a new company, the expansion of an existing company, or the purchase of an existing one, Starter Company may be right for you. The program provides Ontario youth aged 18–29 with opportunities to receive mentoring, training, and funding up to $5,000 to start or grow a business. To discuss your eligibility, please contact the Small Business Centre
Futurpreneur Canada Futurpreneur Canada supports young entrepreneurs with up to $45,000 in financing, an expert business mentor for up to two years, and resources to help you plan, manage and grow your business.
Make Your Pitch An entrepreneurship contest exclusively for high school students! Students pitch their business idea in a 2-minute video and submit it to Each year, the top-voted videos are awarded a trip to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. 2015 video submission deadline: March 6
Apprenticeship, Internship, & Employment Programs
YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka Youth Employment & Internship Programs YMCAs offer a range of education and training programs to help Canadians start up small businesses, improve their language skills, find employment and bolster their academic achievements.
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) OYAP is a School to Work program that opens the door for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education program.
Job Hunt Preparation
Youth Haven Barrie  Youth Haven staff assist teens with daily job searches, resume preparation and interview skills. Practical knowledge is necessary to succeed in the workplace, including time management techniques, portfolio, and employment (residence at Youth Haven is not required to make use of these services).
Barrie Career Centre  Services are available at no cost for anyone who is looking for work or employers who are looking to hire.
Finding a Job 
(Government of Canada)
To help you find a job, this page has useful links to guide you through every stage of the job-hunting process.
Job Listings
City of Barrie Student Job Opportunities  Currently includes job opportunities in the City's Roads Parks Department and Fleet and Recreation Department.
Job Search (Student/Youth)
(Service Canada)
Find out what student/youth jobs are available, or register with Job Bank to make use of Job Match, Job Alert, the Résumé Builder and the Career Navigator.
(search 'Student')
Includes part-time, summer, entry level, internship, and recent grad job listings.

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