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2nd Chance Employment Counselling, in partnership with Employment Ontario, the Ontario government, and the Canadian government, works to provide Guelph with professional employment services at no cost. Since 1982, our focus in Guelph was on youth employment. Through numerous programs, we have been responsible for providing job search and career-planning resources including individual counselling to youth aged 16-24. 2nd Chance Employment Counselling has since evolved to serve members of our community of all ages.

Staying true to our roots, we still host a number of youth programs which include Ways2Work, Youth Link and the Youth Job Connection and Youth Job Connection - Summer programmes. In addition to our youth services, we are an Employment Supports Service Provider. As a result, 2nd Chance Employment Counselling provides a program called ACE, for individuals with disabilities.

We have run many other great programs and enjoyed great partnerships over the years, including:

  • The Outreach project to develop and implement employment programming for people with addictions and their family members. (1973-1997)
  • The Youth Support Program, which assisted youth between the ages of 14 and 20 with areas such as housing and life-skill problem areas (1985-1995)
  • Employment Supports programs for Ontario Works recipients, including group-based and individual assistance to develop job search and job maintenance skills (1997-2006)
  • TRY Trucking, a program for youth who wish to obtain employment in the field of long haul truck-driving (1998)
  • The Youth Entrepreneurship Program (1999 – 2006)

2nd Chance Employment Counselling serves a number of areas around Guelph, including: Fergus, Elora, Drayton, Clifford, Arthur, Erin, Harriston, Hillsburgh, Mount Forest, Palmerston, Puslinch and Rockwood. Our same level of service and quality programs are extended to each of the communities we serve, as we believe that smaller communities deserve the same level of service as their urban counterparts.

2nd Chance Employment Counselling welcomes members of our community to visit our website, and experience all that we have to offer to the residents of Guelph, and our surrounding areas.


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