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Become a partner, sponsor or a donor, and join us
in providing more opportunities for youth

My Startr is Canada’s only national, employer-led coalition committed to providing career-launching opportunities for youth.

We connect young people who face barriers to employment with top-ranked employers who can give them meaningful jobs right now — and help develop their untapped potential moving forward.

You can help us build on—and accelerate—this success story

The Government of Canada has provided more than $5 million in funding to MyStartr through its programs to advance youth employment. We’re deeply grateful to Canadian taxpayers for their support, and we work each day to reward their confidence in us. We’re also indebted to our coalition employers, who invest significant time, energy and resources in extending the impact of our proven model.


But to fully leverage the power of MyStartr, we need to grow our community of donors, sponsors and partners. With new and expanded support, we can:

  • help more talented young people enter the job market and thrive
  • extend MyStartr’s innovative coaching and hiring platform
  • build a more diverse, inclusive and equitable youth talent pool
  • help companies, institutions and governments achieve their strategic goals
  • broaden stakeholder support and spark long-term systems change
  • help drive Canada’s economic growth and future prosperity

Here are some facts about the young people we empower and the scale of MyStartr's impact:

1 million+ talented people

That’s how many Canadians aged 15 to 30 are categorized as NEET: not in employment, education or training.

400,000+ seeking good jobs

But these young people face a whole range of social and systemic barriers in their quest for careers with a future.

30+ employers in our coalition

And more are joining all the time, helping create a better future for young Canadians while fuelling their own organizations’ success.

20,000+ young people hired so far

The MyStartr team has helped them land good entry-level jobs with leading employers across the country.

40,000+ launched in careers by 2023

That’s our ambitious goal for the young people in MyStartr’s programs, and we’re well on our way to achieving it.

Your donation helps youth get their first job Every day, youth receive support through our coaches, learning programs, membership, hiring events, and more. It is vital to make sure we can continue to offer that support.

Here are the key partners who support MyStartr:

MyStartr’s hiring program is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada through its Youth Employment and Skills Strategy. We also receive significant funding from Indigenous Services Canada.

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In addition, we receive generous support from The Co-operators as part of the company’s Pathways to Employability (P2E) Initiative aimed at connecting youth to meaningful employment and opportunities.

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Our services are delivered directly by the MyStartr team and through partnerships with community organizations across Canada, especially Société de Développement Social, Regina Work Prep Centre and the YMCA of Greater Vancouver.

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MyStartr is part of a talent strategy spearheaded by the MaRS Discovery District, which brings together innovators to grow the economy and solve real problems for real people.

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