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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

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

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Programs for Job Seekers

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 Second Career give you?

Acquire new skills - those needed for jobs in demand right now and financial support if you qualify for Second Career.

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 a Second Career. Contact the nearest YMCA Employment Services location today. 

Hamilton: 905-540-9679
Burlington: 905-681-1140
Waterdown: 906-690-9927


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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.

Looking for a great way to get into the trades?

Consider a pre-apprenticeship in the thriving sector of Truck & Coach Technician.

No experience is necessary. You'll receive employment readiness workshops, Level 1 training at Mohawk College, and a paid work placement.

Call YMCA Employment Services today at 905-681-1140 for more information. Intake periods vary from year to year.


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

Are you between 15 and 29 years old and having trouble finding a job?

Your job is out there. We'll help you find it. We can help by providing more intensive supports beyond traditional job search and placement opportunities. These include:

  • Paid pre-employment training to promote job-readiness
  • Job matching and paid job placements, with placement supports for participants and hiring incentives for employers
  • Mentorship services
  • Education and work transition supports
  • Learn valuable employability skills while getting paid

Check your eligibility with the Youth Job Connection team today.


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This Employment Ontario program is funded by the Ontario government.

Are you between the ages of 16 - 24 and involved with Family and Children's Services?

If you are or have been involved with Family and Children Services and are between the ages of 16 and 24, the Youth In Transition Worker (YITW) program is available to help you transition to a more independent lifestyle. 
YITW will help support you identify, develop and implement a personal plan based on your own goals for personal independence. We'll help you navigate the adult service systems, connecting you to relevant supports and resources in the community. 
Along your journey, you'll receive emotional support, housing support, educational support, employment support, health support, legal support, and more.  
You may be referred to this program by a community partner, or you can simply contact the YITW support worker directly. 
Brant Region 
Call or text: 226-208-0852 
Halton Region 
Call or text: 905-928-8803 
Hamilton Region 
Call or text: 289-925-4404


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Program funding provided by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

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.