Explore First Work's power of collective advancement through our membership.

First Work members are unique in many ways – from a joint-focus on engaging vulnerable youth populations and our multi-sector partnerships, to delivery in the most remote parts of Ontario with limited resources, our membership proudly ensures that youth across the province are given quality services to help them achieve meaningful employment.

Our members serve a wide variety of populations, with the majority being focused on youth-employment service delivery, but also including seniors, immigrants and refugees, and Indigenous communities.

Why Be a Member

First Work sits at the heart of a growing provincial network of members and industry partners, based throughout Ontario, working together to support the needs of young jobseekers across the province.

We are youth employment providers, employment training centres, community-based providers, industry specialists, youth and workforce directed research teams, educators, businesses supporting youth employment, and affiliates who are looking to change the youth employment landscape.

Established in 1988, First Work has continued to evolve over the past decades to remain innovative and nimble to meet the needs of youth and the sector. Together with our members, we are committed to delivering accessible, high-quality, outcomes-based employment services to young people to support their employment and life goals.

Strategic Members

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Tier 1

Membership Category: Strategic Membership
Defining Factor: Annual Operating Budget > $1M
Annual Cost: $1,500

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Tier 2

Membership Category: Strategic Membership
Defining Factor: Annual Operating Budget $500K – $1M
Annual Cost: $1,200

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Tier 3

Membership Category: Strategic Membership
Defining Factor: Annual Operating Budget ≦ $500K
Annual Cost: $900

Eligibility for Strategic Membership includes:
  • Non-Profits
  • “Community-Based” Organizations (non-legislated)
  • Those who are delivering services to youth
Benefits of Strategic Membership include:
  • Voting rights at Annual General Meeting and eligibility for Board seats
  • Input to and influence of Government Relations that affect youth employment
  • Input to and influence of Strategic Communications that affect youth employment
  • Influence on and ability to participate in Professional Development Opportunities (e.g., conferences, webinars, certifications)
  • Participation at Regional Meetings
  • Discounted membership rates to Professional Development Opportunities

Stakeholder Membership

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Category 1

Membership Category: Stakeholder Membership
Defining Factor: Legislated Non-Profit Groups; Organizations involved in delivering Youth Employment Projects; Other Non-Profits that do not deliver direct services
Annual Cost: $1,000

Eligibility for Stakeholder Membership Category 1 includes:
  • Legislated Non-Profit Groups (e.g. Colleges, Municipalities)
  • Organizations involved in delivering Youth Employment Projects (Skills Link operators, United Way, Foundations)
  • Other Non-Profits* (organizations that don’t deliver direct service such as, Workforce Development Boards, LEPCs, Social Enterprises)
Benefits of Stakeholder Membership Category 1 include:
  • Input to Government Relations that affect youth employment
  • Input to Strategic Communications that affect youth employment
  • Access to Professional Development activities (e.g., conferences)
  • Receipt of FW communications, publications & member updates
  • Invitation to Regional tables – no voting rights
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Category 2

Membership Category: Stakeholder Membership
Defining Factor: For profit organizations with direct link to youth employment programs; Corporates looking to partner for youth workforce development
Annual Cost: $1,500

Eligibility for Stakeholder Membership Category 2 includes:
  • For profit organizations with direct link to youth employment programs (e.g. For-profit service deliverers)
  • Corporate entities interested in partnership for youth workforce development (e.g. RBC, Rogers, BDC etc.)
Benefits of Stakeholder Membership Category 2 include:
  • Receipt of FW communications, publications & member updates

Individual

Membership Category: Individual Members
Defining Factor: Career professionals in private practice; Students in related disciplines.
Annual Cost: $500

Those eligible include:
  • Career professionals in private practice
  • Students in related disciplines.
Benefits of Membership include:
  • Access to Professional Development activities (e.g. conferences)
  • Receipt of FW communications, publications & member updates