Employment & Training Centre

Youth Unemployment Research Project

Youth unemployment in Toronto is staggeringly high. It is one of the greatest problems young people face. As the first part of our Youth Action plan, we want to understand why. That’s where our Youth Unemployment Research Project comes in.

Stemming from our Youth Employment Campaign, this project will help us examine the barriers at-risk youth in Toronto face when using employment services, gaining and keeping jobs, and the social and health impacts youth face when excluded from employment.

Working with Access Alliance and Toronto Public Health, our team of peer youth researchers focused on neighbourhoods in the Jane Street corridor, using focus groups consisting of youth who are not in school or employed. You can read more about the research in our project snapshot.

You can read the report here.

Throughout the project, our peer youth researchers provided some thoughts and observations about their research and their own experience. You can read their Reflections here. 

We are grateful for funding from the Healthier Cities and Communities Grant from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and the University of Toronto.