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Youth and students

Youth Futures

Youth Futures is a six-month (March to August) bilingual program that aims to create equitable opportunities for youth facing marginalization and other barriers by providing experiences, skills and support that lead to success in post-secondary education and work experiences.

Youth Futures is a partnership between Algonquin College, Carleton University, City of Ottawa, La Cité, Ottawa Community Housing, Ottawa Community Housing Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, Saint Paul University and the University of Ottawa. The program is funded, in part by the City of Ottawa’s Housing and Homelessness Investment Plan.

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Youth and Student Employment Services

Employment resource centres for youth

There are two youth employment resource centres offering a wide range of services:

  • Youth Zone Jeunesse
  • Youth Employment Services of Centretown and East

Some of the programs have eligibility requirements and are for all Ottawa youth. Programs are funded by the provincial Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities.

The centres are available to youth of all ages and backgrounds. For Job Connect employment counselling and placement services, youth must be Ontario residents, 16-24 years of age, out of full time work and school, and not eligible for Employment Insurance or Workplace Safety and Insurance Board benefits.

Contact Information:

Youth Zone Jeunesse 
370 Catherine Street, 1st Floor, East Side Entrance
Ottawa, ON
Tel. 613-580-9663
E-mail youthzone@ottawa

Youth Employment Services Centretown and East
71 Bank Street, 5th Floor
Ottawa, ON
Tel: 613-236-8244
Fax: 613-236-4640

Another centre offering services for youth:

Community Employment Resource Centre
415 Hazeldean Road
Kanata ON
Tel: 613-828-2123

Summer jobs service

An array of free employment services for youth is offered. Any young person can access staffed resource rooms with everything needed for individual job search such as job postings, Internet access, computer and fax use, career planning and educational resources.

Students looking for summer work can call the centre beginning in March.

Those meeting the eligibility requirements can access additional employment counselling services, resumé preparation, interest testing, interview preparation and job-search advice. You can take employment-related workshops. Paid on the job training placements through our Job Connect college partners -- Algonquin College and La Cité collégiale -- can also be accessed when working with a counsellor.

Summer Jobs Service offers free job-search and self-marketing services, as well as wage-supported placements.

The Human Resource Centre of Canada

A student and youth employment resource centre provided by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) for any youth or student aged 16 to 24. The centre offers:

  • One-on-one counselling
  • Resumé and cover-letter writing
  • Job interview techniques
  • Computer work stations with Internet access
  • Fax
  • Telephone
  • Photocopier
  • Lob boards
  • HRDC Job Bank kiosks
  • Job-market information
  • Student business loans
  • Other related employment resources.

Contact Information:

300 Laurier Ave. West, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0J6

Other Links and Resources

Online employment searches and applications

Jobs for youth with the City

Working at the City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa offers rewarding career opportunities. Working at the City benefits neighbours, local businesses and visitors alike by helping make Ottawa one of the best places in the world to live.

Visit Jobs with the City to find out about full-time and part-time opportunities at the City of Ottawa. There, you will also find frequently asked questions (FAQs) and how to apply online. A number of seasonal part-time opportunities are also available in Recreation and Culture.

For all inquiries please contact the HR Service Centre at 613-580-2424, ext. 47411.

Lifeguard and swimming instructors

If you are thinking of applying for a position with the City of Ottawa as a lifeguard or swimming instructor, there are certain hiring and screening requirements that must be met. National Lifeguard Service (NLS), Standard First Aid, CPR level-C, Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI), LSS Lifesaving Instructor, Automated External Defibrillation (AED) and Oxygen Therapy or Airway Management represent pre-requisites for hire with the City of Ottawa. A complete list of certification courses is included in the Certification section of the Specialty Swimming eGuide.

Visit Jobs in Aquatics for additional information about the entry-level qualifications, hiring process and screening requirements. You can also email the Aquatics Hiring Team at

Summer Student Employment Program

Hunting for a summer job is actually a winter job! The prime objective of the Summer Student Employment Program is to give students experience in a dynamic work place environment and offer learning opportunities that will develop and improve their skills for future employment.

Check out the great opportunities that are available for Summer Jobs with the City of Ottawa. Find out about eligibility criteria, browse through an Important Facts and Information section, and learn all you need to know about Criminal Record Checks. Remember to look for the application deadlines (usually near the end of February every year)... they may differ according to the job category.

Help finding a job

EO virtual services available during COVID-19 closures

The City of Ottawa Employment Ontario is open virtually!

Our Employment Specialists can help you:

  • Write your resume and cover letter
  • Prepare for interviews
  • Find information on apprenticeships
  • Register for free live online employment workshops
  • By offering employers financial incentives to hire you
  • Receive financial support for attending online workshops (for youth aged 16-29)
  • With online applications for financial help such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
  • Register for online training - Over 150 interactive courses to help you get a job, including:
    • Career planning
    • Building a resume and cover letter
    • Help with networking and interviewing
    • Building effective communication, customer service, problem solving, teamwork, and time management skills

Please contact us to find out how we can support you and your job search:

By email:

By phone: 613-580-2424 ext. 14372

Online employment workshops

Career Cruising

Try out the amazing Career Matchmaker, and explore and find the career of your dreams.

Date Time
Friday September 17, 2021 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Monday September 27, 2021 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Building a better résumé

Be better prepared to write an effective resume: Learn how to structure your resume and best describe your work experiences and accomplishments.

Date Time
Tuesday September 14, 2021 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Monday September 20, 2021 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Tuesday September 28, 2021 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Acing the interview

Learn how to prepare yourself for an interview and explore common interview questions

Date Time
Wednesday September 1, 2021 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Wednesday September 15, 2021 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Tuesday September 21, 2021 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Success in the workplace

Tips and tools to help you land the job you want, succeed in the workplace, and move ahead in your career

Date Time
Thursday September 2, 2021 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Thursday September 16, 2021 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

How to make the most of a virtual job fair and interview 

Learn how to stand out and get noticed in a virtual job fair and interview

Date Time
Tuesday September 7, 2021 9:30 am to 11:00 am
Thursday September 9, 2021 - In french 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

How to apply for City of Ottawa jobs

Learn how to create an external profile in e-recruitment and apply

Date Time

MS Word

Introduction to MS Word

Date Time
Wednesday September 8, 2021 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

MS Excel

Introduction to MS Excel

Date Time
Friday September 24, 2021 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Apprenticeship workshop

Learn about skilled trades and apprenticeship

Date Time
Friday September 10, 2021 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Getting ready for job search

Learn the importance of self-care in job search and how self-discovery can improve your job search outcomes

Date Time
Monday September 13, 2021 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Explore your training options

Explore different training options

Date Time
Wednesday September 29, 2021 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Social Media and job search

How to use Social Media as a job search tool

Date Time
Wednesday September 22, 2021 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Resources at the Public Library

The Ottawa Public Library has resources and services that will support you when you are looking for a job, changing careers, going to school, or upgrading your skills.

Get one-on-one assistance with career planning, job hunting research, and resumes. Email: to make an appointment.

Student work placements

To inquire about completing an unpaid work placement at the City of Ottawa as part of your academic program at school, please contact the HR Service Centre at, via 3-1-1 or 613-580-2424 ext. 47411