The Backbone of the YouthCAN Collective Impact group is Centre[3] for Print and Media Arts. Centre[3] is a charitable arts organization that offers artistic services and outreach programming to our community.  Over the past 13 years, Centre[3] has secured many grants from the Federal, Provincial, and Municipal governments to administer and successfully complete many projects. Centre[3] has  positive relationship with our community and, as a cultural anchor on James Street North, has played a key role in the revitalization and diversification of the downtown core.


A youth-focused registered charity that teaches basic building skills and actively participates in affordable housing and community projects in the Hamilton area.

Mohawk College Community Employment Services is an Employment Ontario government funded program whose goal is to provide free employment-related services that connect job seekers to employers who are willing to hire and train new employees on-the-job.

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360 [4] Youth is a Job Ready program for youth aged 15-30 who face barriers to employment (i.e. high school non-completion, single parent, recent immigrant youth, persons with a disability, visible or ethnic minority etc.) Twelve youth completed 6 weeks of in-class training where they learned soft skills and hard skills to better prepare them for the workforce. These youth were then placed in jobs around the city of Hamilton where they received 18 weeks of on the job training, using the skills they have learned, with the goal of getting hired on by their employers.

The TRI-Rock program is an employment training program funded by the federal government through Service Canada and is a 16 week program for young people aged 18-30

SISTER (Success in Service Training and Employment Retention) is a free employment program enabling young women to develop and enhance their life and employability skills and make successful transitions into the labour market. The program is run through the YWCA.

Employment Agencies

PATH Employment Services is an award winning organization that has been helping people with any type of disability make the transition to new jobs and stay in them since 1972. PATH originated as the first community agency in Canada solely dedicated to assisting individuals with disabilities in finding employment

Offers a free service for job seekers and employers in Hamilton since 1972. Whether looking for work or looking to hire, Employment Hamilton have helped thousands of people make workplace connections


City School offers free Mohawk College courses in Hamilton neighbourhoods to let you try college for free in your community. Students must be 19+ and not currently enrolled in high school, college, or university. Priority is given to students with no postsecondary experience.

HWDSB Y.O.U. (Youth Opportunities Unleashed) Program

The YOU program is an education outreach program that looks to engage street involved youth or youth that may be at risk of street engagement.  The YOU program deals with youth aged 16-21 but will help place youth that are older into a program suited for their needs. The YOU program works with community agencies to help the youth build employment and life skills while also working towards their OSSD.

Youth Groups

The SPACE is an inclusive, positive space where young people are supported to develop leadership, work together, and build community. At The SPACE, we work together to encourage empowerment and development through mentorship and teamwork.

As a Youth-Led group, our Mission is to provide Job, Recreational, and Volunteer opportunities for youth using the unique talents that they possess.

RE-create is an open arts studio in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, where street-involved youth can begin to reconnect to themselves, others, and their community through the creative arts while gaining valuable life and work skills. 

Empowerment Squared is a Canadian charity that works with communities to effect sustainable change through the development of educational pathways and social skills for youth. We aim to empower communities through academic mentoring for youth and young adults, leadership development, and supervised access to sports and recreation opportunities.

Social and Public Services

is a group of five directors from Hamilton organizations who are mandated to work directly with homeless youth. The member agencies are Good Shepherd Youth Services, the Living Rock Ministries, Wesley Urban Ministries, Catholic Family Services and Alternatives for Youth.

Good Shepherd Notre Dame is committed to helping youth who are street-involved or homeless, or are at risk, due to family violence, conflict, abuse, neglect, poverty and exposure to mental health and addiction issues.

Creating a world where people with disabilities are free to be. 

The Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO) aims to build a just and accessible Ontario, wherein people with disability can thrive and foster. Our mission is to build power, capacity and skills needed to hold people, communities and institutions responsible for the spaces they create.

Wesley is a long-standing local non-profit, offering support for people experiencing poverty, homelessness, and barriers in the community.  Their employment services provide resources, training and support for youth and adults seeking employment, and assistance to employers and recruiters in meeting their labour needs in Hamilton.

Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI) is a community based organization with a mandate to create a welcoming and inclusive city.

At the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre at Robert Land, we’re unabashed champions and cheerleaders for some of Hamilton’s best kids. We’re a home for innovative programs and services that are helping to make the Keith Neighbourhood an even better place to raise a child.  We’re in the business of inspiring bigger dreams and realizing unlimited potential.

Located in the heart of Hamilton’s North End, the Eva Rothwell Centre partners with families living in poverty, empowering them to become self-sufficient and fulfill their desired potential. 

With help from community, we strive to provide valuable resources and the support needed for the betterment of lives, as well as the skills and tools required for academic and professional success.

Making women’s lives better, the YWCA Hamilton strengthens women’s and girls’ voices, broadens their choices, builds dynamic leadership and provides essential and meaningful services that promote safe, inclusive, and equitable communities

is a partnership initiative between the City of Hamilton and community partners, with funding from the Local Poverty Reduction Fund. Located on HPL’s Circuit 4.0 (4th floor, Central Library) the Xperience Annex supports the youth in achieving their goals by connection and collaboration with education, health care and employment providers.

Information Hamilton connects people with the services and resources they need.  We gather, organize, and share information about community and government services in Hamilton.  Our reliable Information and Referral (I&R) services empowers people to make informed choices and improves their likelihood of accessing programs they need.  Our accurate descriptions and complete information ensures people find services quickly and appropriately.  The Red Book is a comprehensive directory of all of programs and services in Hamilton, and we are available to answer inquiries by phone, email, and in person. People in search of financial assistance, food, shelter, child care, jobs, or mental health support often do not know where to begin. With Information Hamilton, looking for help means a single phone call, email, or online search.


We are a not-for-profit organization located in Hamilton, Ontario. We champion career exploration. Through programming, group mentoring and facilitating partnership discussions, we help our stakeholders showcase their industry or sector, to their future workforce, through practical hands-on learning opportunities.

The McMaster Research Shop works with public, non-profit, and community organizations in and beyond Hamilton to provide plain-language answers to your research questions.

We are a non-profit, registered charitable organization incorporated in 1966, and are governed by a community-based Board of Directors. We are funded primarily by the United Way and receive additional funding by the City of Hamilton, purchase-of-service agreements with agencies/other levels of government, and membership fees.


The Royal Bank of Canada is a Canadian multinational financial services company and the largest bank in Canada by market capitalization. The bank serves over 16 million clients and has 80,000 employees worldwide. Through the RBC Future Launch, they are empowering Canadian youth for the jobs of tomorrow.

Newly renovated and modernized, The Spice Factory is an event space and bar perfect for any occasion. From art events to special occasions & corporate functions, we provide a unique setting dressed with elegance and sophistication. Equipped with meeting rooms, a fully licensed patio and two large spaces, The Spice Factory is Hamilton’s up and coming “go-to” venue!

The Spice Factory has joined the YouthCAN collective to help develop an onboarding program for employment in the private sector. Bringing a new perspective and fresh set of reality when it comes to what an employer really wants and how we, together with youth can help make the transition into the workforce easy for youth and employers, with a higher retention rate.


At Mental Health Right’s Coalition, we are dedicated to enhancing the participation and voice of consumers in the mental health system. We are an organization run by and for people with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction issues.