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Youth Break Barriers to Employment (YBBE)

UNA-Canada's initiative to tackle youth un-and underemployment in positions relating to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals


What Is YBBE?

YBBE is an innovative youth employment programme that aims to stimulate the Ontario economy by training youth aged 15-30 (inclusive) and matching them with a quality employment placement.

We offer up to 75% wage subsidy to employers related to one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Additional training opportunities for interns are available!

If you are an organization from St. Catharines, Toronto or Hamilton, and are interested in receiving wage subsidies and training for new hires, apply today!

Please note that UNA-Canada is an equal opportunity employer and encourages organizations interested in hiring differently-abled, rural/remote and/or Indigenous youth to apply for funding.

Hands Up

To apply, fill out the employer application survey

To apply, fill out the participant application survey

Breaking Barriers

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Gain work  experience

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Provide training and certification

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Create positive  outcomes


15-30 years of age

Inclusive at the start of

the placement.

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Legal Status
  • Must be:

    • Canadian Citizen,

    • Permanent resident and/or

    • Refugee status

Employment Status
  • Looking for full-time employment

     (30 hours/week minimum)

  • Must have been out of school for 6 months minimum (exceptions may apply- inquire for more details)

Programme Manager



Lisa Rosenberg

Project Officers

Odeeth Lara


Lauren Bennett


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