Youth employment programs

We help youth with disabilities connect with early work opportunities

Youth at work

We help youth with disabilities connect with early work opportunities such as volunteering, co-op and paid employment. Check out our experience-based life skills programs and other employment services.

For Youth

Youth Employment Programs: Information & Application Session (Spring/Fall 2020)

Volunteering and Employment Programs for Youth

VolunteerABLE: Help out in your community and volunteer with a group for not-for-profit organizations in Toronto.

Youth@Work: Complete volunteer work placements and workshops at Holland Bloorview with a job coach helping you reach your goals.

Employment Action Group: If your goal is to start to volunteer or work, in this group you will learn about how to job search,  make an action plan, and work with an advisor towards your goal

Leading the Way: Do your high-school co-operative education placement or post-secondary fieldwork placement at Holland Bloorview (for current or former clients of Holland Bloorview who face barriers in finding suitable, accessible positions due to physical, learning and/or developmental disabilities).

Ready to Work: (For youth ages 15-26 who want a summer job + have participated in one of Holland Bloorview’s other employment programs). After interviewing, Holland Bloorview job coaches help you connect with a Toronto employer and get you started in your paid summer job.

Personal consultation: Meet an occupational therapist or life skills coach to talk about your employment goal.

External Resources

JOIN: Information about ODSP employment supports and a listing of agencies that provide employment services in Toronto.

Magnet:  A free online platform that matches jobs seekers with opportunities that meet their qualifications.

Tip sheet for job seekers

For Employers

Holland Bloorview resources

Ready to Work: Holland Bloorview job coaches help connect employers with qualified, enthusiastic youth for entry-level positions.

External Resources

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW): Promotes and supports meaningful and equitable employment of people with disabilities. Offers a range of resources  and services for employers.

Discoverability:  A Free online portal for employers with a 6-step guide for employers about hiring—and retaining—employees with disabilities.

Magnet: A Free platform that matches employers with candidates who have the education and/or work experience you need.

Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN): Provides resources, strategic consultation services and information about the business case for hiring individuals with disabilities.

Ontario JOIN: Offers a one stop employment recruitment service for employers.

Ready, Willing & Able: Supports you with resources, consultation, and answers to your questions about the modern inclusive workforce.

RWA Works: A free resource hub providing the know-how and resources to support businesses in hiring employees with an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder.

Our employment programs and services are part of the Transitions, Recreation, and Life Skills services at Holland Bloorview and are linked to our organization’s strategy to support transitions to adult life. All of our employment programs are supported by donations to the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. Capital One supports our Youth@Work and Ready to Work programs.



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To better connect with you, we are now offering a number of programs in a virtual environment. Contact us to learn more!