Employment & Immigrant Services

YMCA Services - Employment & Immigrant Services


As a charity dedicated to improving the health and well-being of central and northern Albertans, we know the importance and impact that income security has on individuals, families and communities.

YMCA Employment Services respond to the needs of unemployed and underemployed individuals, especially youth and immigrant Canadians, by providing employment programs to address some of the barriers to entering the labour market. 

YMCA of Northern Alberta also provides newcomers to Canada with employment and settlement services in an inclusive and welcoming environment. The YMCA help newcomers feel at home in their new community while also supporting and understanding the issues and barriers they face. YMCA Immigrant Services are available in Wood Buffalo.

YMCA Services - Employment Services - Programs

Employment Services

  • Bridging the Gap (BTG)

    For younger job seekers (aged 15 to 30), we offer Bridging the Gap, a 20-week employment readiness program that enhances skills through practical training and a twelve-week work placement. Bridging the Gap is proudly offered by the YMCA in Grande Prairie, Wood Buffalo region and Red Deer region.

  • Career Mentorship Program

    This program offers internationally trained immigrants and refugees the opportunity to connect with mentors who will help them develop networking strategies, improve their understanding of Canadian work culture, and better prepare for work in the Wood Buffalo region.

  • Employment Link (Elink)

    YMCA Employment Link supports thousands of individuals each year with the completion of educational assessments, guidance on career pathways and access to employment services.

YMCA Services - Immigrant Services - Programs

Immigrant Services

  • Career Mentorship Program

    This program offers internationally trained immigrants and refugees the opportunity to connect with mentors who will help them develop networking strategies, improve their understanding of Canadian work culture, and better prepare for work in the Wood Buffalo region.

  • Community Social Services Program (CSSP) & Foreign Worker Program (FWP)

    The Community Social Services Program (CSSP) and Foreign Worker Program (FWP) at the YMCA support newcomers through the process of accessing work or study permits and visas and provides support and guidance on the pathway to permanent residency.

  • Employment Link (Elink)

    YMCA Employment Link supports thousands of individuals each year with the completion of educational assessments, guidance on career pathways and access to employment services.

  • Immigrant Settlement Services (ISS)

    Immigrant Settlement Services (ISS) offers support to those new to Canada and the Wood Buffalo community through a variety of services including, but not limited to, supportive counseling, translation and interpretation, employment insurance benefits, child tax benefits and so much more. 

  • Local Immigration Partnership (LIP)

    Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is a collaboration of newcomer agencies to improve, and build a more welcoming & inclusive community.

  • Support Workers In Schools (SWIS)

    Support Workers In Schools (SWIS) provides support to newcomer students and their families to provide resources and services that help facilitate a smooth transition into the Canadian education system.