Banding together to fight youth unemployment

Eight employers make pledge to hire 40,000 young people over five years
By John Dujay
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/30/2018
Starbucks Canada and seven other employers have formed a partnership promising to hire 40,000 youth over five years. Credit: Sarah Dobson

For employers that say they can’t find enough good workers, there are about 400,000 young persons in Canada who are not in school or employed and are actively searching for work, according to Statistics Canada.

So Starbucks and seven other companies are hoping to benefit from this untapped job market by pledging to hire 40,000 youth over the next five years.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to get more workers because the reality is there is a war for talent. We all want great people and there shouldn’t be a 19 per cent (youth) unemployment rate in Toronto,” said Luisa Girotto, vice-president of public affairs at Starbucks Canada in Toronto. “That is unacceptable and it begs the question ‘What’s going on?’”