Public Comments Satellite offices are located at 435 Stone Rd W, Suite 213, in Guelph, as well as Arthur, Erin, Harriston, Palmerston, Rockwood and Mount Forest -- call Guelph office for more information on hours, services and locations at these other sites.
Contact Information
Alternate Name 2nd Chance ; Canada-Ontario Job Grant ; COJG ; YJC ; YJCS ; YJL ; Youth Job Connection / Youth Job Connection Summer ; Youth Job Link
Office Phone 519-823-2440
Fax 519-823-2691
Primary Contact Jenni Brooks, Program Manager; Email:
Primary Executive Chris Baginski-Hansen, Executive Director; Email:
Site Location Guelph-Downtown
Located In Community Guelph
Address & Map
177 Norfolk St
Guelph, ON N1H 4K1
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Intersection Norfolk St and Suffolk St
Physical Access Not Accessible - Norfolk location ; accessible offices located at Stone Road Mall location, Suite 213 and in Fergus at 160 St David St S, Unit 104 -- can make arrangements to meet with clients at these locations
Description & Services
Description (Service) Comprehensive employment and job search services * assessment of skills, interests and experience * job search strategies, including resume preparation * information about careers and occupations, local labour market, employment and training opportunities * on-the-job training, work experience * help in maintaining employment * information and referral to other employment and community services

Youth Job Link – youth-focused career exploration and career management workshops * job search, readiness and matching assistance for year-round part-time or summer jobs

Second Career Program -- skills training and financial support for laid-off workers

For employers:
Canada-Ontario Job Grant -- financial support for individual employers to purchase training for their employees * available to small, medium and large businesses planning to deliver short-term training for existing or new employees

Youth Job Connection -- paid pre-employment training * job matching * paid job placements with placement supports for participants and hiring incentives for employers * mentorship * education and work transitions supports

Youth Job Connection Summer -- summer job opportunities and part-time job placements during the year

Ways2work -- paid pre-employment training, paid job placements, certifications, supports for employers and participants while on placement

RISE (Resource Independence Support Employment) and ACE (Achieving Competitive Employment) -- supportive employment programs for individuals with disabilities who are looking for work
Visiting offices located in Erin, Harriston, Mount Forest, Palmerston, and Rockwood
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Arthur ; Erin ; Guelph ; Harriston ; Mount Forest ; Palmerston ; Rockwood
Eligibility Self-service information and resources -- anyone, including people with jobs, those who are under-employed, people looking for work, students, apprentices, internationally trained individuals, employers

Assisted services (such as supported job search, job matching and placement, job retention services) -- people who are unemployed and out of school

Youth Job Connection -- Ontario residents 15-29 years who are eligible to work in Canada, unemployed, not attending school full time and experiencing multiple barriers to employment

Youth Job Connection Summer -- Ontario residents 15-18 years who intend to continue high school or go on to postsecondary education after the job placement * focus on those facing challenging life circumstances and at risk of experiencing poor transitions between education and work

Youth Job Link -- Self-service information and resources, any youth 15-29 years, including students * Job matching services, youth 15-29 years, including students, who reside in Ontario and are eligible to work in Canada

Employers can get help in identifying their human resource skill requirements, matching of position/workplace needs to participants' skills, capabilities, interests and experience, and support for developing on-the-job training plans and monitoring of placements to support success and retention
Application Call or drop in * for general information on Employment Ontario services call the toll-free Employment Ontario contact centre at 1-800-387-5656 (TTY 1-866-533-6339) or visit
Languages English
Fees None
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit ; (51) Registered Charity
Funding Provincial
Service Categories Career Awareness ; Comprehensive Job Assistance Centres ; Job Training Expense Assistance ; On the Job Training ; Prejob Guidance ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Employment Issues ; Vocational Assessment ; Work Experience