Resources for Youth

A Kids’ Guide to Separation and DivorceInformation to help children understand separation and divorce.
Apprenticeship GrantsApprentices can receive up to $4,000 in grants to pay tuition, travel, tools, or other expenses.

There are many career opportunities in the trades, everything from construction and roofing to cooking and hairstyling. Visit Skills Canada to learn more about careers in the trades.

Awards and ScholarshipsBC Awards Online, the online database of scholarships, bursaries, and awards for BC students.
Canada Student Loans ProgramThe Canada Student Loans Program provides financial assistance in the form of loans and grants to post-secondary students who demonstrate financial need.
Canada Student Loans Program – Permanent Disability BenefitThe Permanent Disability Benefit allows for the forgiveness of Canada Student Loans for persons who have a permanent disability and are experiencing hardship repaying their loans due to their disability.
Career Focus ProgramThe Career Focus program provides funding for employers to offer post-secondary graduates opportunities to gain career-related work experience. This program helps youth to gain advanced employment skills and facilitates their transition into the workforce by connecting them with employers who can provide youth employment experience.
Destination ClicThe Destination Clic program offers bursaries to Canadian francophone students who reside in a province or territory other than Quebec to participate in a three-week intensive language-learning course in French at accredited institutions.
EDC International Studies Scholarship ProgramExport Development Canada (EDC) created the International Business Scholarships because International trade is critical to Canada’s economic prosperity and EDC is dedicated to helping the next generation of business leaders succeed.

EDC awards up to 30 scholarships annually, 25 of which go to undergraduate university or college students interested in pursuing a career or furthering their studies in international business, with up to 5 additional scholarships for students in programs which combine business with environmental or sustainability studies.

An EDC scholarship is worth a $4,000 cash award.

ExploreThe Explore program offers bursaries to Canadian students so that they can participate in intensive five-week language-learning courses in English or French at accredited institutions across Canada.
Federal Public Sector Youth Internship ProgramThis program offers you the chance to gain real work experience within the Government of Canada and can help you develop your employability skills.

These internships are offered across Canada in a wide variety of fields, such as agriculture, arts, administration, and the environment. There are opportunities available to suit your interests and career goals—even if you don’t have previous work experience. The Federal Public Sector Youth Internship Program can help give you new skills that may help you find a job or become self-employed.

Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) helps match students with federal departments and agencies for temporary jobs by maintaining a national inventory of students seeking employment within the federal public service.
Graduated Licensing ProgramB.C.’s Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) lets you get on-road experience, while putting special restrictions on your licence that help reduce your risk of crashing.
Grant for Part-time studentsUnder this grant, part-time students may be eligible for up to $1,200 per academic year.
Learner’s License TestingInformation on the steps to get your first passenger (Class 5) licence, including the knowledge test, the “L” (learner) and “N” (novice) stages, and road tests.
KidsportKidsport is a community-based sport funding program that provides grants for children aged 6 – 18 to participate in a sport season of their choice
OdysseyThe Odyssey program provides full-time, paid positions for language assistants in rural or semi-urban areas that are generally outside the assistants’ province or territory of permanent residence.
Service Canada Centres for YouthService Canada Centres for Youth (SCCY) offer a number of services specially designed to help students find a job, including detailed job postings in a variety of fields, many links to employers, useful information on workplace health and safety and other government programs and services.

Over 300 SCCYs across Canada are open from May to August each year to help students with their career-related needs, and employers to promote job opportunities.

Skills Link ProgramThe Skills Link program helps youth facing barriers to employment to learn and develop the broad range of skills and work experience they need to participate in the job market.
Working in Canada ToolThe Working in Canada tool allows users to search through job descriptions, wage rates, skill requirements, and training and job opportunities based on different occupations within specific geographic locations. This tool will help Canadians make informed decisions on the best career path and educational options available to them.
Youth Awareness InitiativeYouth Awareness provides financial assistance for projects designed to address labour market issues facing communities and can be used to develop and implement human resource strategies to meet employers’ current and future human resource needs.

National priorities for Youth Awareness have been set to promote a pan-Canadian approach to the delivery of Youth Awareness projects.

Youth PathInformation on services for unemployed youth, aboriginal youth, disabled youth, newcomer youth, and employers.

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