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The Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP)

Contact Job Skills today if you are interested in applying for the next session of YEP.

Program starts April 9, 2018 in Brampton.

Spaces still available in our Brampton Program!

Text: 289-312-3244
Toll-Free #: 1-866-470-5947
Brampton Employment Services
50 Sunnyvale Gate, Unit 12 (at Bovaird near Airport Road)
Brampton, ON L6S OC4

Session runs to March 23, 2018 in Brampton.

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)

2017 – 2020 Program Dates*

Brampton: October 10, 2017 – March 23, 2018
Brampton: April 9, 2018 – September 21, 2018
Keswick: October 9, 2018 – March 22, 2019
Keswick: April 8, 2019 – September 20, 2019
Keswick: October 7, 2019 – March 20, 2020

*Dates and locations are subject to change

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

For more information, contact Job Skills at:

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