More summer jobs for Ontario students
TORONTO, Nov. 3 /CNW/ - The Ontario Summer Jobs Program exceeded its target for creating jobs for young people for the 4th straight year announced Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
"We're proud of the success of our Ontario Summer Jobs Program," Cunningham said. "Each year, this program helps young people gain valuable workplace experience in their communities."
Ontario Summer Jobs helped almost 60,000 young people find work or create their own jobs this summer. When the $50.8 million program was launched in March, Cunningham set a target of 57,000 jobs for young people. Over the last five years, the number of young people finding work through Ontario Summer Jobs has more than doubled.
"I want to thank the thousands of employers who opened their doors this summer to provide young people with valuable work experience and an opportunity to build on their education," Cunningham said. "Summer jobs is one way we are giving young people an opportunity to work, to learn new skills, and to gain confidence in themselves and their abilities."
Ontario Summer Jobs, 2000, which is targeted to young people ages 15 and up, ran from April to September. It combined programs offered by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; Management Board Secretariat; the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade; the Ministry of Natural Resources; the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines; and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
Under the program, a range of services are offered, including an incentive for businesses and community organizations to hire young people for up to 16 weeks, and loans to encourage self-employment. Jobs were also available in Ontario government ministries and agencies.
Ontario Summer Jobs, 2000 is part of the Ontario government's Youth Opportunities Ontario strategy. Ontario has the most extensive youth employment programs in Canada, spending $211 million on programs for 211,700 young people.
Between September 1995 and September 2000, 127,300 new jobs were created for young people in Ontario. That represents 51 per cent of all new youth jobs created in Canada.
For further information: Dave Ross, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2709; Kerry Kincaid Delaney, Minister's office, (416) 326-1625