As far back as the 1870s classes were held to provide training to help citizens and immigrants find work.
In the 1930s, the YMCA initiated strategies to support unemployed by providing job counseling and training programs to teach skills.
The recession of the 1980s generated a host of additional employment, training and literacy programs for youth and adults, including unemployed youth at risk.
In the 1990s, the YMCA, with the private sector and federal government, launched a national youth internship program, to help give unemployed youth work experience. The Y’s settlement services continue to assist new immigrants in becoming oriented to life in Canada.