Skills Link - Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Skills Link?

Skills Link is a client-centered program that provides funding for employers and organizations to offer eligible activities to youth facing barriers to employment.

2. What is the objective of the program?

The objective of the program is to help youth facing barriers to employment obtain the knowledge and develop the broad range of skills and work experience they need to participate in the labour market.

3. What are the activities eligible for funding?

Please refer to the Project Activities section of the Applicant Guide for Skills Link and Career Focus Programs for a description of the activities eligible for funding under Skills Link.

4. Who can participate in the program activities being offered by the different organizations

Participants are recruited by the funding recipients.

To participate in Skills Link, youth must:

  • be between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of intake/selection;
  • be facing barriers to employment;
  • be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada;
  • be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations; and
  • not be in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

5. Who can receive funding under the program?

Eligible applicants include:

  • individuals;
  • organizations (including for-profit and not-for-profit);
  • Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities);
  • municipal governments; and
  • provincial and territorial governments, institutions, agencies and Crown Corporations.

6. How can organizations apply to the program?

Applications for funding are accepted both on an ongoing basis and through calls for proposals (CFPs). Employers and organizations must contact their local or regional Service Canada Office to find out more about the regional intake process and where to send their application. Application details pertaining to National calls for proposals will be posted on the Employment and Social Development Canada Funding Programs Web page.

7. What is the maximum duration of a Skills Link project?

Skills Link allows for agreements of up to three years in duration.

8. What documents are needed in order to apply?

Please refer to the Applicant Guide for Skills Link and Career Focus Programs.