Youth On the Rise

Don’t have a university degree? Lacking experience?

Don’t let your circumstances limit you!



About Youth On The Rise

Youth on the Rise is an online paid work experience program that empowers young adults who are facing barriers to employment with the skills they need to be successful in the workforce. 

What the program offers

Youth on the Rise consists of 8-weeks of online training followed by a 3-month entry-level work placement in Montreal. All participants will be paid for the full length of the program. 

Apply to the next cohort starting in April 2022

We are looking for 15 youth motivated to develop employability skills and enter the workforce.  Deadline: April 19, 2022


1. How do I know if I’m eligible for Youth On The Rise?

You need to be:

  • Between the ages of 18 to 30.
  • Eligible to work in Canada and a resident of Quebec (you have a SIN)
  • Unemployed with little or no work experience.
  • Out of school and don’t know if you’re going back.
  • Lacking a Canadian university degree or specialized training.
  • Motivated to work but don’t know where to start.
  • Available for full-time participation.
  • Have access to a reliable computer and internet connection.


2. What kind of jobs will I be placed in?

You will be placed in a full-time (30-40h/week) entry-level job. The job will depend on your skillset and past experience as well as what is open in the job market. Possible positions include: 

  • Administrative Assistant 
  • Data Entry Clerk 
  • Customer Service Representative 
  • Warehouse Labourer 
  • Secretary 
3. Do I need to be a Canadian citizen to sign up for this program?

No, but you must have a social insurance number and the ability to work in Canada. We accept permanent residents and those with refugee status.

4. How much will I be paid during the training?

You will be paid minimum wage, 13.50$/hour until April 30, 2022. Starting May 1, 2022 it will be 14.25$/hour. Which is 1710.00$/month for perfect attendance (30h/week) 

5. I am receiving government assistance (such as EI or CERB) can I still join the program?

You cannot collect welfare at the same time as this program. If you would like to participate you will have to cancel your EI payments, we will not be able to register you until that happens.

6. I have work experience and/or a post-secondary degree, am I still eligible for the program?

With each participant, we approach the situation on a case-by-case basis. Our goal is to assess what barriers you are facing and if this program is well-suited to meet your needs. Before registering into the program, we will have a one-on-one meeting to assess the situation. If we cannot meet your needs, we do our best to put you in touch with someone who can. 

7. I don’t speak French, am I still eligible for the program?

The training will be done in English. There are weekly French sessions that will help you improve your speaking, writing, and reading skills. 


1. I can offer full-time hours during the busy weeks, but sometimes this fluctuates, am I still eligible?

You will need to guarantee a minimum of 30 hours most weeks. It is ok if it fluctuates under 30 hours sometimes, but that time needs to be made up in future weeks. For example, if you can only offer 28 hours one week, the remaining 2 hours must be made up in the following weeks. At the end of the 12 weeks, the employee will need to have worked a minimum of 30h/ week x 12 weeks, totaling 360 hours. 

2. Is it YES that pays the employee, or do I keep them on my payroll?

You must officially hire this employee, so they will be on your payroll as any other employee would. We will reimburse you either at the halfway point (1.5 months) or in a lump sum at the end by direct deposit. The amount reimbursed will depend on the contract agreed (hours and subsidy percentage) and in order to be adequately paid we require the employee’s paystubs from the financial officer.  

3. How does the interview process work?

You can choose to interview as many (or as few) candidates as you like. Once you select who you would like to hire we will discuss their wage, subsidy, and the hours you can offer. Alternatively, if you do not find any candidates that meet your needs, that is no problem. 

4. What happens after the 3-month partnership is over?

Ideally, if the employee has been performing well and is a good fit, you will hire them on long-term. Once the 3 months are finished you are no longer obligated to uphold the 30h/week minimum, the relationship will be directly between you and the employee. 

“I cannot  thank  you  enough for everything  you've done for YOTR participants like me.

You have always prioritized YOTR and put us first. You have prepared me for the workforce and made me feel capable to take the next steps on my own. Perhaps good leadership is about inspiring growth and independence in others, which you have instilled in me quite successfully. Thank you for that. Thank you for all your time and effort.” – YOTR participant 

“My time with you all has been an unforgettable experience.

I learnt so much and overcame many barriers in my life during this short period of time. YES really showed me how to make the most out of every opportunity while growing along the way. My career path hasn’t been the same since. Thank you!” – YOTR participant 

“I am thankful that you were able to keep me engaged,

motivated and willing to work on myself. I would not have gotten this job or gained the essential skills necessary for the labour market without your support. Thank you for loading us with information, from financial literacy and media literacy to how to deal with a racist or sexist boss. Thank you for making me feel more prepared and guiding me through this journey of figuring out my life.”  -YOTR participant 

Are you an employer looking for workers?

Partner with Youth On The Rise and you’ll get:



Motivated workers seeking full time employment
Reimbursement of 70-100% of minimum wage for full-time work
The ability to uplift and empower Montreal youth
The chance to build a long-term relationship with a dynamic non-profit organization

Partnerships: Get involved


Are you an employer interested in building an employee from the ground up? Can you ensure effective training and support for this employee? If so, we want to hear from you! We subsidize 70-100% of minimum wage for full-time employment. Have questions? Visit our FAQs or contact us below​


​Are you interested in contributing to our work? Each cohort we host career week, where professionals from all sectors sit on a panel to talk about their individual career paths. This is a one-time 3-hour commitment, however, if you would like to offer more individualized support to interested youth that can be an opportunity as well. 

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Amba Seales looks back on being a participant of Youth on the Rise

“I am so thankful for the five months in the program. Thank you for the 8 weeks of knowledge that have been valuable in understanding my rights in employment and the different channels of education. Thank you for the interview prep and for showing me that skills can be transferrable and aren’t limited to one area of work or job. And lastly, thank you for giving me the tools to thrive, be bold and take the next steps, and put myself out there (even if it still scares me lol). 

I can confidently say that these five months have changed me for the better and that the world of jobs isn’t as daunting as I thought it was when you’re well informed and have the right support system to help you navigate it. 

Thank you for everything. I appreciate you guys and all the hard work, the researching, the strings pulled and the late nights you’ve done to make all of this happen. I hope that this program is beneficial to others, and everyone finds value in it as I have.”

Meet Najma Hossain, a past participant of YOTR

When Najma joined YOTR she had a dream of becoming a pilot but wasn’t sure to get there as she had little work experience, and did not know anyone in the field. After building her workplace skills as a medical secretary through her YOTR work placement, Najma has gone on to get 2 other jobs in the field! She works full-time and loves both of her jobs. She feels lucky to work in environments that are friendly, understanding, and well paid.  

When she first started her YOTR work placement, she was shy speaking French with clients and was determined to improve. She said that through the process of working she feels much more confident as her French has improved significantly. Usually, outside of work, she would speak English when ordering a coffee, for example, now she does it in French and she’s so happy she is able to do that!  

As a result of this work experience, Najma has been able to gain significant workplace skills, and save up! By applying the ways to save skills and tools from the financial literacy modules in the YOTR training, Najma has been able to save up enough to go to flight school! We are so proud of all the hard work she has put in, and we feel lucky to have been part of her journey towards living out her dreams! 

Interested in learning more? Ready to sign up for the program?

Fill out the form with your name, email, and message, and our program coordinator will get back to you within 48 hours!  

Alternatively, you can call and leave a message at (514) 878-9788 ext339.

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