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Youth LEAD Pre-Employment Program

Are you a Newcomer between the ages of 15 and 29?

Youth LEAD is a pre-employment program that provides you with the tools and knowledge to find a meaningful job. This program includes valuable workplace training; where you will receive key workplace certifications to help build skills that employers are looking for, along with a 12-week work mentorship placement to put into practice the skills you've learned!

In the Youth LEAD program, you will receive:

  • Certifications in WHMIS, AODA, Health & Safety, Food Handlers, Access Forward, and more!

  • A 12-week mentorship placement in the social sector (12 hours per week).

  • Support in your job search from an employment specialist.

  • Enhanced employability & life skills.

  • Networking opportunities with other participants, social service providers and employers.

  • A deeper understanding of the Canadian workplace culture.

To be eligible for Youth LEAD, participants must be:

  • Between the ages of 15 and 29.

  • Have lived in Canada for less than 10 years.

  • A Permanent Resident, Convention refugee, Protected Person, Temporary Foreign Worker with a work permit OR a live-in caregiver. 

Contact us today for more information or book an appointment to register:

Phone: 613.288.3880


Online: Book Now

In support of the Canadian Francophone Integration Pathway, if you are a member of the Francophone community and seeking settlement and integration support services, please find the available Francophone services in the Ottawa region:

Conseile Economique and Social D’Ottwa-Carleton

Cooperation Integration Canada

Pointe D’accueil Francophone

La-Cite’ Collegialle

Society Economique De L’ontario

Maison De La Fraoncophonie D’Ottawa

Services | Maison de la francophonie d'Ottawa (

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The Youth LEAD Program is funded by Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada.

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2529 Carling Avenue, 2nd Floor

Ottawa, ON

K2B 7H6

Phone: 613.288.3880



Monday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
(4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Telephone only: 613-220-7804)

Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
(4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Telephone only: 613-220-7804)

Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
(4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Telephone only: 613-220-7804)

Thursday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
(8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Telephone only: 613-220-7804)

Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
(4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Telephone only: 613-220-7804)

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