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Youth and students

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

Youth Futures

Youth Futures is a 7 month program that provides skills, information, support and practical experience to succeed in college, university and the work force.

We provide (in both official languages) advanced leadership training, a variety of employment positions and a post-secondary experience.

The Youth Futures program is funded, in part by the City of Ottawa’s Housing and Homelessness Investment Plan, and is intended for high school students, aged 16 to 21, from low-income families and communities.

There is no cost to participate in the program and youth are supported throughout the program by paid post-secondary student mentors, partner staff and by their parents/guardians.

Youth Futures is a partnership of Algonquin College, Carleton University, City of Ottawa, La Cité, Ottawa Community Housing, Ottawa Police Services, Saint Paul University and the University of Ottawa.

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:

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

Employment Ontario Centre - 370 Catherine Street, 1st floor

Staff are available to provide you with on-site employment counselling, help with your job search, and answer questions about training and apprenticeship. Childcare is available on site and parking is free.  Learn about the different youth programs available, including Youth Job Link and Youth Job Connection.

Services available in the Youth programs include: 

  • Seasonal/part-time/full-time employment opportunities 
  • Career exploration and career management  
  • Job search, job readiness and job matching  
  • Summer employment 
  • Paid pre-employment workshop training 
  • Employment and Computer workshops

How to Apply

  • Drop-in: Employment Ontario Centre, 370 Catherine St. 1st. floor
  • Email:
  • Call: 613-580-2424 ext. 14372

Job skills workshops

Please drop-in at 370 Catherine Street, 1st floor, or call 613-580-2424 ext. 14372 to register for any of the following workshops. All workshops are delivered at 370 Catherine Street, 1st floor, unless otherwise indicated.

Computer workshops

Introduction to computers

Learn the basics of Windows and word processing

Date Time
Friday February 1, 2019 9:30 am to noon

MS Word 

Word processing using MS Word

Date Time
Friday February 8, 2019 9:30 am to noon

MS Excel

Learn the basics of using spreadsheets

Date Time
Wednesday February 27, 2019 9:30 am to noon


Learn how to send e-mail

Date Time
Monday February 4, 2019 9:30 am to noon

MS PowerPoint

Learn the basics about creating a presentation

Date Time
Monday February 11, 2019 9:30 am to noon

Employment workshops

Career Cruising

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

Date Time
Every Wednesday 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Social Media and Job Search 

How to use Social Media as a job search tool

Date Time
Tuesday February 19, 2019 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Thursday February 21, 2019 Delivered at the Employment and Social Services Centre South 2020 Walkley Road. 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Tuesday February 26, 2019 Delivered at the Employment and Social Services Centre East 2339 Ogilvie Road 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Building a better résumé

Learn how to create an effective resume and cover letter that will get you that interview

Date Time
Tuesday February 5, 2019 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Thursday February 14, 2019 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Tuesday February 5, 2019 Delivered at the Employment and Social Services Centre West 100 Constellation Crescent 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Acing the interview

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

Date Time
Thursday February 7, 2019 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Tuesday February 12, 2019 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Tuesday February 12, 2019 Delivered at the Employment and Social Services Centre East 2339 Ogilvie Road 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Tuesday February 19, 2019 Delivered at the Employment and Social Services Centre West 100 Constellation Crescent 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Planning your career

Learn about the labour market, and how to use labour market information for career decision making

Date Time
Wednesday February 20, 2019 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Thursday February 7, 2019 Delivered at the Employment and Social Services Centre South 2020 Walkley Road. 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Tuesday February 12, 2019 Delivered at the Employment and Social Services Centre West 100 Constellation Crescent 9:30 am to 11:30 am

How to shine in the workplace and keep your job

Learn techniques for being successful in the workplace

Date Time
Thursday February 21, 2019 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Apprenticeship and you

Learn about skilled trades and apprenticeship

Date Time
Wednesday February 13, 2019 9:30 am to 11:30 am

How to apply for City of Ottawa jobs

Date Time
Tuesday February 5, 2019 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

You February also be interested in participating in other employment-related workshops offered through the various Social Services Centres. For more information, visit: Job Skills Workshops.

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.