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Assistance for Individuals under Age 25 – The Youth Alternative Program

If you're under age 25 and want to gain greater personal, social and employment self-sufficiency, the Youth Alternative Program can provide financial assistance and personalized coaching to help you enter the labour market.

Who is this program designed for?

To take part in this program, you must:

  • be under age 25
  • be eligible for social assistance
  • be taking active steps to find employment

How does the program work?

If you are eligible for the program, you'll start by meeting with an assistance officer at your local employment centre (CLE). Together, you can develop a personalized action plan designed to help you find work.

Your action plan includes a series of steps and activities to help you:

  • get a job that meets your expectations
  • train to get a job you like
  • prepare to enter the job market
  • conduct an efficient, effective job search

A local employment centre assistance officer will assist you every step of the way as you carry out your action plan.

Interested?

Contact your local employment centre (CLE)Opens external link in new window..

Questions & Answers

Is any financial assistance available?

Yes, financial assistance is provided in the form of a Youth Allowance, which is paid every two weeks. You'll start receiving the Youth Allowance as soon as your program application is approved and continue receiving it until you have completed your action plan.

The Youth Allowance is $170 a week for an independent adult, and $197 a week for the head of a single-parent family.

In addition, you could be reimbursed for your child care and transportation expenses if you require these services in order to participate in the program.