Employment supports and opportunities!



Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Youth Works program provides funding for employment counsellors and supports in a number of partner agencies across the country.  This team can help you build your employability skills, find internships and job placements, and identify employment training supports.  If you’re between 16 and 29 and ready to look for employment, please contact one of our partners:


Fredericton, New Brunswick – Michaela Toner (mtoner@partnersforyouth.ca)

Greater Toronto Area, Ontario – Josenne Guerra (jguerra@torontocas.ca)

Brandon, Manitoba – Melissa Johnston (youthemployment@cfswestern.mb.ca)

Richmond & Vancouver, B.C. – Ning Huang (ning.huang@ccssociety.ca)


The Foundation also funds employment supports through Aspen Family and Community Network in Calgary.  Contact Karen Cepuran (KCepuran@aspenfamily.org) for more information!




Are you a recent post-secondary graduate interested in getting one year of PAID hands-on work experience?  Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada has partnered with RBC Career Launch to help recent college or university graduates transition from school to work.  RBC Career Launch encourages applications from students from ALL post-secondary programs, not just business and finance, and you’ll learn skills that will help you achieve a wide range of career goals.  This is a great opportunity to learn transferrable skills, increase your professional network and gain confidence!


Program FAQ

  • Program offers 12 month, full-time internships from March 2019 – March 2020. Internships include 3 work rotations that provide hands-on work experience:
    • First Rotation: Work in client services at an RBC branch
    • Second Rotation: Work at a local Canadian Charity
    • Third Rotation: Work in RBC corporate head office
  • Program offers professional development opportunities:
    • 42 days of professional development
    • 30 hours of formal coaching and mentoring
    • The opportunity to participate in the Next Great Social Innovator Challenge



  • Current or former Crown (or permanent) ward with a Canadian child welfare agency, or eligible for Continued Care and Support for Youth
  • 26 years old or under as of March 2019
  • Graduated from a college or university program by December 2018
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada and not currently employed by RBC
  • Available to work full-time for 12 months for the duration of the program (March 2019 – March 2020)
  • Able to attend an in-person panel interview at a local RBC location during the first week of February 2019

Internships are available in these cities: Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal, Moncton, Halifax, Oakville/Burlington, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Oshawa, Whitby, Barrie, Kingston, Ottawa and St. John’s.


The Foundation is proud to have nine youth we’ve referred be accepted into the program in the past two years – you could be next!


For more information, contact Josenne Guerra (jguerra@torontocas.ca437-998-3829) by December 14th!




People with lived experience of the child welfare system (former youth in care) play a vital role in guiding our work and mobilizing community support. We believe that young people are naturally innovative experts on young people’s needs and should be at the table regarding decisions that affect their lives.


If you are passionate about child welfare, philanthropy and the work of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, please consider becoming an Ambassador, Advisor or Volunteer (AAV) with us! You can learn more about Ambassadors, Advisors and Volunteers by downloading our AAV Orientation Manual. If you are interested in becoming an AAV please download and complete our AAV Intake & Application Form and send it back to our Youth Community Officer, Rebecca Biglow (rbiglow@cafdn.org).




Bursary applications for the 2018-19 school year have re-opened!  If you aren’t receiving a 2018-19 scholarship and are at college or university this year, visit our website.




WoodGreen is looking for young people transitioning out of care to participate in a research study to test a new program model that will support your transition out of care.  Eligible youth between ages 17 and 21 and interested in or already living in the Greater Toronto Area may be eligible to receive a rent subsidy towards a housing option of your choice, and the support of a Housing First for Youth Case Counsellor.  Click here for more information.