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Youth Hiring Fair​​​​​​​​ This Way Ahead​​​​​​​​ Hiring Events​​​​​​​​ Opportunity for All Youth​​​​​​​​ Workshops ​​​​​​​​ Info Events ​​​​​​​​ External Events​​​​​​​​

21st Annual Youth Hiring Fair

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre (YEC) is preparing to host the 21st Annual Youth Hiring Fair. 80 employers representing a variety of industries will be in attendance at the Big Four, Stampede Park on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 ​from 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Please keep checking this page for updates.

Employers, please click here for registration information.

View a list of Employers Attending Hiring Fair.

Download the Youth Hiring Fair poster.

This Way Ahead

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre (YEC) has partnered with Gap Inc. to offer This Way Ahead, a life skills and paid store internship program to help youth ages 16-24 land their first job.

This Way Ahead launched in New York City in 2007 and has since expanded to over 14 cities across North America. YEC launched This Way Ahead in Calgary in 2018.

The program provides participants the opportunity to learn and master resume building, cover letter writing, interview skills and customer service training once a week for 10 weeks. Participants will then have the opportunity to interview for a paid in-store internship at a local GAP, Old Navy or Banana Republic. There is a strong possibility for ongoing part-time employment at the end of the internship.

2019 Program Details:

  • Program participants must be between the ages of 16-24
  • Weekly workshops will be offered at the Youth Employment Centre (2nd floor 315 10th Ave S.E.) starting the week of April 1st for 10 weeks
  • Workshops will be offered Wednesdays from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Thursdays from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. and Fridays 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Youth can choose the day of the week that best suits their schedule
  • Youth successful in being hired for an internship will work 12 hours/week for 10 weeks starting in June, earning $15.00/hour
  • Strong possibility for ongoing part-time employment post-internship

A YEC employment counsellor is available to support the youth through the program, and continue to provide career and employment assistance after the internship.

Click here to watch the This Way Ahead Calgary video.

Click here to apply for This Way Ahead.

Application deadline is March 29, 2019. Limited spots available.

For more information on This Way Ahead Calgary, please contact Nancy Gibbons at 403-268-2406 or email

Opportunity for All Youth

Opportunity For All Youth is a national initiative originated with the MaRS Solutions Lab in Toronto to address youth unemployment. Over the next five years, the aim is to provide employment opportunities for 40,000 youth who face barriers to entering the workforce. This goal will be achieved through partnerships between employers, employment agencies, governments and foundations. It focuses on the hiring, retention and career progression of youth who are job-ready but have challenges to employment.

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre (YEC) is a key partner in this initiative. Calgary will be the second city in Canada to launch Opportunity For All Youth. YEC will contribute to the national goal of hiring 40,000 Opportunity Youth by supporting and preparing local youth who are experiencing difficulty entering the workforce.

YEC will also collaborate with employer partners to establish youth friendly hiring practices, strategies to increase retention, sensitivity training and career progression plans for the participants.

Youth ages 16-24 are encouraged to connect to this opportunity right now, by dropping in to the Youth Employment Centre (2nd floor, 315 10th Ave SE).

Download the Opportunity For All Youth Poster​.

Info Events

Career Café

Date: See below for event dates
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: New Central Library (800-3rd Street S.E.) Room 014

In partnership with the Calgary Public Library and the Career Development Association of Alberta, Career Café provides career and labour market information for job seekers and career professionals.

Click here to register for upcoming Career Cafe events.

March 22 - Green Economy: Join us for a talk about careers in green energy and other area of the green economy.

April 26 - Manufacturing: Manufacturing is a growing sector in Calgary’s economy. Join us for a noon hour talk about careers in this industry.

May 17 - Government: Working for government is attractive to many people. Join us for a noon hour talk about careers working for government.

External Events

Occasionally we list other job or education/training opportunities offered through partnerships we have with other organizations. Click here to check for External Events

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