Youth Effect Program

Youth Leading Innovative Business Outcomes



What is it?

The Youth Effect program aims to provide youth (18-29) with experiential learning and training with local businesses and focuses on fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in Northwestern Ontario. Youth will be carefully selected and matched with a local business based on interest, skill, and need. They will work together over the course of 15 weeks (Mid May - August dates tbd) on a clearly identified innovative project and achieving milestones.

The Youth Effect program is not like other placement programs. It not only provides real-life job skills for the youth, but provides them with innovation training, mentorship, a leadership retreat, and a peer network for those showing a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation. Additionally, there’s value to the participating businesses, through innovation training and the ability to access the skills and energy of the youth to complete a defined innovative project, the business will be better positioned to grow!


Areas of Focus


Experiential Learning
for the Youth
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Training for the Youth
and the Business
Business Growth for
the Company



Program Details

  • Youth are paid $15 per hour plus a wage top-up upon successful completion of the program
  • Businesses contribute $900 + hst and mandatory employment-related costs as part of the program.
  • The program will run for 15 weeks

Company Eligibility

  • Have an innovative project
  • Located in Northwestern Ontario
  • At least one full-time employee
  • Must be a for-profit SME (small-medium sized business), not a retailer or reseller
  • Ability to pay necessary employer contributions (CPP/EI)
  • Willing to be available and commit to the full 15-week program
  • Must not have previously participated in the Youth Effect program 


Youth Eligibility

  • Between the ages of 18-29
  • Located in Northwestern Ontario
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Interested in pursuing entrepreneurship as a career
  • Able to commit to full-time hours and participate in the full 15-week program
  • Must not have previously taken part in the Youth Effect program



  • Company applications close: February 26th, 2021
  • Youth applications close: March 31st, 2021
  • The program tentatively starts May 3rd, 2021

Company Applications:


 For more information please contact:

Bridget Postuma




A program supported by FedNor