Funding: Skills Link

The Skills Link program is a component of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Through funding of organizations, the Skills Link program helps youth overcome barriers to employment, develop a broad range of skills and knowledge in order to participate in the current and future labour market and to promote education and skills as being key to labour market participation. These barriers include, but are not limited to, challenges faced by recent immigrant youth, youth with disabilities, single parent youth, youth who have not completed high school, Indigenous youth, and youth living in rural or remote areas.

Application Information

We are not currently accepting applications.

Follow-up after you apply

If you submitted your application through Grants and Contributions Online Services, you should have received an acknowledgement immediately.

Otherwise, we acknowledge within 21 calendar days of receiving your application package. This is our timeline under normal conditions, which complies with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) service standards.

Final decision

The Minister of Employment and Social Development makes the final decision on projects recommended for funding. The amount of time it takes to process applications is determined by the volume of applications received. ESDC will make every effort to process applications in a timely manner. Once a final decision has been made on all applications, ESDC will notify applicants in writing of the review outcome (approval or rejection).

Project start date

Recipients must not start their projects until they receive an ESDC approval letter and an agreement has been signed by an ESDC representative.


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