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Youth Break Barriers to Employment (YBBE)

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

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 participants 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 encourages applications from youth facing barriers to employment and organizations that are interested in hiring them:

  • Indigenous Youth

  •  Visible Minority Youth

  •  Youth living with disabilities

  •  Youth in rural or remote locations  [a resident in a community with a population of less than 1,000 (core population) and with no, or very little, access to the services of the closest municipality with a population of 1,000 or more].

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To apply, fill out the employer application survey



To apply, fill out the participant application survey

Breaking Barriers


Gain Work Experience


Provide Training and Certification


Create Positive  Outcomes



  • Be 15-30 years of age (Inclusive at the start of the placement)

Legal Status:

  • Must be Canadian Citizen, Permanent resident or Refugee.

Employment Status:

  • Looking for full-time employment (30 hours/week minimum)

  • Must have been out of school for 6 months minimum

  • No students, including co-op.

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