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Are you ready to break into the exciting tourism industry?

YWCA Tourism Essentials is a FREE 12-week program that prepares young women for rewarding careers in tourism and hospitality. 

Participants are paid for the training and practicum hours.


  • No fee to participate
  • 6 weeks of PAID skills training (participants are paid bi-weekly while they attend the in-class training)
  • 6 weeks of PAID professional work experience 
  • Follow-up support for an additional 12 weeks
  • $250 bonus after program completion
  • In-demand professional certifications (e.g. SuperHost, First Aid, Food Safe, Serving it Right, How Not To Get Fired and Employment Standards)
  • Access to additional YWCA program and services


  • Women between 15-30 years of age
  • Interested in creating a sustainable career in the tourism industry
  • Unemployed and able to participate in a full-time, 12-week program (ie. not a full-time student)
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident or confirmed refugee status
  • Not currently receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Completion of high school not required 

Contact the Online Essentials team.

YWCA Tourism Essentials is funded by the government of Canada.