New Partnership Provides Employment Opportunities for Youth

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 — The OCH Foundation has partnered with the Prince’s Charities of Canada (PCC) to bring employment opportunities with leading local businesses to youth living in Ottawa Community Housing. Thousands of low-income youth are actively seeking meaningful employment and this collaboration is a first step in addressing that need.

Having established the program in several large cities across Canada including Toronto, Winnipeg, and Calgary, the PCC will collaborate with the OCH Foundation to launch the program in Ottawa. The expansion has been funded by a grant acquired from the Ottawa Community Foundation.

Get Into is a vocational program for 16 to 29 year-olds that develops their skills and provides practical work experience in a specific sector. It is an innovative collaboration amongst leading employers, leading youth-serving agencies across Canada, and PCC, which serves as a catalyst, convener, trainer, evaluator and thought-leader in youth employment.

The program combines classroom and workplace learning. There are six phases over 2 – 6 weeks:

  • Youth recruitment day
  • Employability and vocational skills training
  • Practical work experience
  • Graduation
  • Job placement or further education
  • Progression support


Prince’s Charities of Canada

Prince’s Charities Canada (PCC) delivers social impact and creates sustainable communities by transforming the lives of Canadians who are facing challenges or transition and by recognizing the diversity of Canada’s people, history and culture.

They provide entrepreneurship training for veterans and transitioning Canadian Armed Forces members, help young people reach their potential through employability programs, and support Indigenous communities in their efforts to revitalize and protect their languages.