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We have the supports, training and expertise to help you find the right job. 

Whether you're unemployed, laid-off or considering a career change, YMCA Employment Services has expert coaches that will guide your job search and stay with you every step of the way. 

We provide a wide range of free, personalized services to help you find the right job for your right now.

  • Career exploration and second career support
  • Job searching, matching and placement
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Interview preparation
  • Apprenticing in the skilled trades
  • Using technology

Find a Location

Front of YMCA Employment Services on Main Street in Hamilton

Find a YMCA Employment Services location in Hamilton, Burlington and Waterdown. 

Book Your Free Appointment

Are you ready to enter or re-enter the workforce? Book an appointment with a YMCA Employment Coach today to get started. 

Join us for Hamilton Headshots Day!

Get your FREE professional headshot taken at our Employment Services location.

Visit our event page for more information.

Your job is out there and we'll help you find it.

There is a YMCA program or service designed to support your individual needs, whether you are:

  • Unemployed or laid off
  • Need education or training
  • New to Ontario
  • New to the workforce
  • Interested in working in a skilled trade

You'll receive personalized help with your resume and cover letter, job search, matching and placement, as well as mock interviews to prepare you for the big day. Explore a second career or apprenticeship. 

Our services are free and include the use of a computer, fax machine, phone, printer, and internet.

Fast track your job search.

Contact us today to set up an appointment.


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This Employment Ontario program is funded by the Ontario government.

What does Better Jobs Ontario give you?

Acquire new skills - those needed for jobs in demand right now and financial support if you qualify for Better Jobs Ontario.

Apply for up to $28,000 for costs including:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Manuals, workbooks or other instructional costs
  • Transportation
  • Basic living allowance (maximum up to $500 per week)

Additional funding may be available for:

  • Child care
  • Disability-related supports

Take the next step to Better Jobs Ontario. Contact the nearest YMCA Employment Services location today. 

Hamilton: 905-540-9679
Burlington: 905-681-1140
Waterdown: 905-690-9927


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This Employment Ontario program or service is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement.

Are you looking for a way into a skilled trade?

Are you between 16 and 29?

Do you identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour?

Try a Trade provides participants with:

  • Employment Readiness Workshops
  • Paid Work Placements
  • Hands on learning in the following trades:
    • Truck and Coach Technician
    • Power Lift Truck Technician
    • Parts Technician
    • Welder

No experience necessary. To apply:

Phone: 905-681-1140



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This program is funded by the Government of Ontario. Delivered in partnership with Mohawk College.

Are you looking to gain valuable work experience?

Are you between 15 and 29?
Do you identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour (BIPOC)?

The Youth of Tomorrow program provides employment support through: 

Work Experience

This program connects BIPOC youth with employment readiness training and individualized support to develop their skill set through engaging career opportunities.


  • BIPOC Youth (Ages 15-30)
  • Must be legally eligible to work in Canada and have a Social Insurance Number

 Benefits of the Work Experience Program:

  • Acquire meaningful work experiences 
  • Grow your professional network 
  • Receive employment readiness training and one-on-one employment counselling support 
  • Obtain transportation assistance 
  • Receive subsidy for training and equipment purchases

To apply:
Phone: 365-833-3237

Mentorship Experience 

You will be connected with a BIPOC mentor who will support you with answers and insights related to navigating your field of interest in academics and employment systems. 


  • BIPOC Youth (Ages 15-30)

Time Commitment: 

  • Mentees must commit to 10 sessions. Meetings can be in person or virtual.

Benefits of becoming a Mentee:

  • Matched with an established professional
  • Acquire meaningful learning experiences and an opportunity for personal and professional development
  • Make professional network connections
  • Gain a greater understanding of the industry

To apply:
Phone: 365-366-5500

Are you a BIPOC professional willing to share your time and professional insights with BIPOC youth? Apply to become a Mentor today.

Who can be a Mentor?

  • BIPOC professionals who are established in their career, have local professional/community networks and are willing to share time and professional insights. 

Time Commitment:

  • Mentors must commit to 10 sessions. Meetings can be in person or virtual.

Benefits of Being a Mentor: 

  • Support BIPOC Youth while they navigate employment and career choices 
  • Enhance your leadership and coaching skills 
  • Grow your professional network 
  • Fulfillment from helping a BIPOC Youth advance their career

Apply today!

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This program is funded by RBC Foundation and the Government of Canada.

Programs for Job Seekers

Supports for Employers

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant is an opportunity for you to invest in your workforce.

Available to small, medium and large businesses, you'll need a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees to be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs. 
If you have a particular skills demand, this Grant may be right for you.

Contact us to learn more information. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.



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Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Job Grant Programs delivered by the Government of Ontario.

Looking to invest in your workforce?

Looking to find and hire skilled employees? YMCA Employment Services for Employers can help.

We offer the following services designed to help you with your hiring and training needs:

  • Pre-screening of applicants, so you don't have to
  • Free job postings and job fair assistance, streamlining your HR needs
  • Ongoing support, with access to training information, tax credits, labour market supply/demand, and retention strategies
  • Hiring and training incentives, helping you offset workforce costs

Get in touch with the YMCA Employment Services team today. We aim to save you time and money.

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This Employment Ontario program or service is funded by the Ontario government.


Y's Move is a FREE tutoring program that's designed to help students in Grades 6 - 9 improve their literacy and math skills!

This program runs throughout the school year at Ron Edwards Family YMCA in Burlington and 25 Main St W in Hamilton. Tutoring is also being offered virtually. 

Register Now

For more information:
Edgar Hernandez
Phone: 905-531-5834

This program is delivered in partnership with Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and Halton District School Board.

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A FREE community support program for youth aged 12 - 19 during their critical academic transition points. 

The Youth Transitions Program (Support for Student Learning) aims to provide vulnerable youth leading to and at critical academic transition points with the community support they need for educational attainment and future success. Program participants foster a sense of belonging through one-on-one support and mentorship, and offer workshops to develop the life skills they need to be healthy, stable adults.

Through a trauma-informed and strengths-based approach, students gain resiliency, cultivate positive mental well-being, and gain the capacity to reach their fullest potential.


For more information: