Having a criminal record can present a large barrier to youth employment. Youth who have been convicted of crimes face discrimination and stigma when it comes to getting a job.
According to Statistics Canada, each year, approximately 30,000 youths are charged with crimes in Canada. Once charged, their records can last anywhere from two months, to five years depending on the outcome in court and the severity of the charge.
The legality of denying employment based on whether or not the applicant has a criminal record varies by province.
Our programs and workshops aim to give young people all the information they need to limit the damaging affects of their criminal records. We intend to host a series of seminars and informational sessions with a variety of guest speakers and experts. Having a criminal record is a serious barrier to employment for youth and it’s important that the youth and their families are as informed as possible.