YESS Project


Youth Employment & Skills Strategy

The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) Project is designed to help Indigenous youth, visible minority youth and youth with disability (ages 15 to 30) who are no longer at school or are new graduate, looking to navigate the labour market and to successfully transition into meaningful, gainful, and sustained employment. This is attained
by supporting the needs of all youth in the above-mentioned population segments, as it relates to developing knowledge and networks through education, skills development, and meaningful work experiences.

CVE Inc. provides access to Accredited Skills Training, Employment Services, Employment Skills Training and Quality Employment Opportunity interventions to assist the youth of our communities, giving them the opportunity be successful in a competitive marketplace.


Accredited Skills Training will enable youth to participate in courses that fill specific, identified gaps in their education and skill development, taking into consideration labour market needs. A variety of courses will be available through accredited institutes in Ottawa, ON including but not limited to:

  • Office Clerk
  • Basic Bookkeeping
  • Payroll Officer
  • Computer Training

Following completion of the training, the youth will have the opportunity to participate in the subsidized Quality Employment Opportunity, which involves a 12-week work experience for an average of 30 hours per week with an employer secured by CVE Inc.

employment services & training

Employment Services are short-term activitiesdesigned to assist youth in searching for and obtaining work. Youth are given an opportunity to acquire information and skills, and to apply these skills within a supported environment.

Pre-employment activities offer additional development before advancing to a 12-week Quality Employment Opportunity.

Activities will include:

  • Job Search Techniques
  • Job Application Process
  • Resume and Cover Letter
  • Preparations
  • Mock Interviews
  • Motivational Coaching

Participants that qualify will be paid at the Ontario minimum wage rate for an average of 30 hours per week for up to 3-weeks.

employment services & training

The participants will spend up to 30 hours per week over a 3-week period in pre-employment activities to allow for additional development before advancing to the Quality Employment Opportunity.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in workshops to learn or enhance skills transferable to the workplace, such as:

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • People Management Skills
  • Communication Skills

Other workshops such as Health and Safety, First Aid, Smart Serve, WHMIS, Food Safety etc. will be offered during this time.


The subsidized Quality Employment Opportunity will be with an employer in a field related to the Accredited Skills Training completed by a participant or in a field of interest to the youth who participated in Employment Skills Training and Employment Services. The participant will be paid at the Ontario minimum wage rate for an average of 30 hours per week over a period of 12 weeks.

Participants will be offered travel assistance, dependent care support and emergency funding as required and at the discretion of CVE Inc.

The participants may be eligible for a bonus (maximum of $500) based on successful completion of a 12-week work experience (consecutively with the same employer) and at the discretion of CVE Inc.

ODSP – Ontario Disability Support Program

ODSP – Ontario Disability Support Program

ODSP Services

We provide our clients with the knowledge, tools, support, and employment opportunities to integrate into the work force and find gainful paid employment. We will assist in matching you to the right job and employer. We will help you to develop or enhance your resume, fine tune your interview skills, provide tips on effective job search, and show you ways to express your strengths and abilities with confidence. We will also provide support during job search and assist in reaching employers in the hidden job market, teach job retention skills and provide on-the-job coaching when necessary.

Pre-Employment Training

Our Employment Integration Specialists will help individuals identify their skills and abilities, and use the National Occupation Classification (NOC) to identify suitable and desired occupations. We also create an employment plan to identify short and long-term goals of the job seeker. We provide assistance to in the job seeker in the  development of competencies and professionalism required to confidently enter the workforce.

We also provide interview preparation and creative ways to frame responses to interview questions, including how to handle discussions around disclosing the individual’s disability.


For Job Seekers/
Parents of Job Seekers


To qualify for employment supports, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Be an Ontario resident
  • Be legally allowed to work in Canada
  • Have a substantial physical or mental disability that is expected to last a year or more, and makes it hard for you to find or keep a job


The application package contains these forms:

Application for Employment Supports

Verification of Disability/Impairment

Reach out to CVE so our Employment Integration Specialists can support you through the application process.


Contact us for further information and next steps

Job Search and Resume Preparation

Job search training provides the individual with education on a variety of necessary skills to successfully land a new job. This includes resume and cover letter preparation, interview skills, networking, and access points to the job market. Directed by an experienced EIS, job search training provides an individual with the skills to be an active and confident participant in their job search.

Our job search and resume preparation supports include:

  • One to one job development, career planning and the identification of skills and abilities
  • Professional resume and cover letter writing
  • Job search assistance, including applying to the advertised job market and connecting with employers in the hidden job market
  • Supported job search with clients in the community

Job Coaching

Starting a new job can be a stressful and intimidating process. Our job coaching services help support job seekers in their first few weeks on the job. Our EIS can attend work with the individual, help get them comfortable with their new work environment, help train and develop skills on the job, and ensure all accommodations are met. Whether it be meeting for coffee on break or attending the workday, our employment professionals are here to ensure that work is an enjoyable and empowering experience. Upon employment, we offer ongoing communication with employers to proactively identify and address concerns/barriers/risks if required.

For Employers

Our goal at CVE Inc. is to create a mutually beneficial relationship where both clients and employers benefit from our Employment Services. Through a comprehensive analysis of your business our employment experts are able to identify possible areas that would be aided by our clients’ specific skill sets. Our Employment Support Specialists can also help support clients transition into your workplace by offering job coaching and on the job training. Our partnerships throughout the city can offer wage subsidy programs to help employers alleviate initial training costs and ensure that our clients are able to effectively perform all aspects of the job. Reach out to CVE so our Employment Integration Specialists can connect with you.


  • Municipal Government Departments
  • IT/Graphic Design
  • Public Sector
  • Office Administration
  • Restaurants
  • Cleaning
  • Retail/Grocery Stores
  • Construction/Landscaping, etc.