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Hiring Fairs & other programs


16th Annual Youth Hiring Fair

This year’s Annual Youth Hiring Fair was a great success! On April 8, 2014 (our first really warm day of spring) 5,000 eager job seekers passed through the doors at Stampede Park’s BMO Centre. There were over 90 employers onsite and as many jobs as there were youth in attendance. Young people were lined up hours in advance of the doors opening.

“Helping young people get off on the right foot is so important,” says Arlas Gilles, a Youth Hiring Fair organizer with The City of Calgary, “We were thrilled with how this year’s event turned out.”

Jump $tart

Are you in high school?
Can't get a job because you have no experience?
Need help with your job search?

Jump $tart is a free work preparation program for high school youth interested in developing their employment skills. Jump $tart involves active learning workshops to improve employment readiness and build confidence for job search and the workplace.

Score a $1000 Scholarship!

The Youth Employment Centre offers scholarships every year. To be eligible, you must be working on or have completed career planning or job search activities with an Employment Counsellor at the Youth Employment Centre. Be prepared. Start your career plan now, so you will be ready to apply when the upcoming scholarships are offered.

Discovering Your Opportunities

Discovering Your Opportunities is a paid 5 week career and life planning program for young mothers aged 15-19. The program takes place in July and August and along with life skills modules, participants learn job search skills and complete a work experience based on their interests. High school credits can be obtained during this program. Discovering Your Opportunities is supported through a partnership between the Youth Employment Centre, Calgary Board of Education Louise Dean Centre, Catholic Family Services and local employers.

Project Protégé

Project Protégé is a mentorship program for post secondary students under age 25 in the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program at Rocky Mountain College, Physical Education and Recreation Studies at Mount Royal University, Social Work Diploma program from Mount Royal University and Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary. Students involved in the project are connected with a mentor working in Community Neighbourhood Services of The City of Calgary. The project occurs during the post secondary school year and students have to apply to the program.

A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is required for participation. If you require a SIN card, please visit

For more information on youth programs at The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre, visit or call 403-268-2490.