Digital Skills for Youth Program

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Building Tomorrow’s Workforce

Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) connects underemployed post-secondary graduates with small businesses and not-for-profit organizations where they can gain meaningful work experience to help them transition to career-oriented employment.

The program supports Delivery Organizations with a strong network of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs under 500 employees) and not-for-profit organizations (i.e. Employers) that can create employment opportunities for youth to build the digital skills needed for the evolving digital economy. It is expected that the opportunities are grounded in experiences that will prepare youth to adapt to the major changes projected in tomorrow’s workplace, including emerging areas where the jobs may not yet exist such as those related to cybersecurity, the automation of knowledge tasks, big data, and artificial intelligence, among others.

DS4Y is part of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS), a horizontal initiative involving federal departments and agencies. DS4Y contributes to the YESS programming by supporting youth who are more or less job-ready but who may require a first employment experience through wage-subsidy opportunities, and skill development to enter and succeed in the labour market.

Contact information

For general questions and comments, please contact the Digital Skills for Youth program.

Telephone (toll-free in Canada): 1-800-328-6189
Telephone (Ottawa): 613-954-5031
Fax: 343-291-1913
TTY (for hearing-impaired): 1-866-694-8389
By email:
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Business hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
By mail:
Digital Skills for Youth
C.D. Howe Building
235 Queen Street, 1st floor, West Tower
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H5

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