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The Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP)


2019 – 2020 Program Dates

the next session is:

There are no sessions currently scheduled. Interested individuals will be added to a waitlist. Future intakes are dependent on funding. Updates will be posted when available.

Text: 289-312-3244

Toll-Free #: 1-866-470-5947
Email: YEP Info
Job Skills Keswick Employment Services
155 Riverglen Drive, Unit 7, L4P 3M3

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