Youth experiencing homelessness in Ottawa will receive enhanced supports to secure employment through a new grant from Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skill Development. This support, directed to the JobsWorks program at Operation Come Home, will provide employment training and placement support for local youth experiencing homelessness, as well as others at-risk of homelessness due to financial challenges brought on by the pandemic.
Each year, more than 500 youth visit Operation Come Home seeking support to find housing, complete their education, and secure employment. Through the new JobsWorks program, many youth receiving services will be able to access enhanced training, certification, and job placement services. The goal of this work is to help them secure sustainable, private-sector employment for the long term, enabling them to leave their experience of homelessness behind, and helping address labour shortages for key jobs in Ottawa.
Active since 1971, Operation Come Home provides individualized support services to local youth who experience homelessness, or who are at-risk of homelessness. Youth visiting OCH can receive help with basic necessities, mental health, addictions, housing and employment.