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The Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP)

Currently recruiting for the next YEP session starting April 8, 2019! Contact Job Skills today if you are interested in applying.


2019 – 2020 Program Dates*

Keswick: April 8, 2019 – September 20, 2019
Keswick: October 7, 2019 – March 20, 2020

*Dates and locations are subject to change

Text: 289-312-3244
Toll-Free #: 1-866-470-5947
Email: YEP Info
Job Skills Youth Entrepreneurship Office
10 Gillingham Drive, Unit 203 (at Bovaird and Main Street)
Brampton, ON L6X 5A5

YEP is a 24-week program that offers promising youth entrepreneurs access to business training, resources and financial support for the best chance of success in their own new company or self-employment.

Participants attend workshops led by an experienced self-employment facilitator/coach, develop a comprehensive business plan and launch their business while in the program. Interactive and supportive workshops along with field assignments, help individuals develop their business idea into an actionable plan. Coaching and mentoring are provided during the critical start-up phase. Qualified participants receive financial assistance. All at no cost to participants.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive)
  • Out of school
  • In need of assistance to overcome barriers to employment (see below)
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations, and
  • Not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits

The Youth Entrepreneurship Program is intended to assist youth facing barriers to employment. 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 (i.e. Francophone residing outside Québec or English-speaking resident of Québec)

Since 1998, Job Skills has assisted 500+ youth to start their business through the Youth Entrepreneurship Program.

For more information, contact Job Skills at:

Email: YEP Info
Toll-Free #: 1-866-470-5947
Text: 289-312-3244