Summer jobs part of Ontario government's strategy to help students find good careers

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Summer jobs part of Ontario government's strategy to help students find good careers

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ - The Ontario government will invest $53.1 million to help young people find work, or create their own business this summer as part of the Ontario Summer Jobs program, Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities announced today.
"Ontario is a leader in helping young people find work," said Cunningham. "To strengthen our services to young people, Job Connect agencies participating in Ontario Summer Jobs are now providing free job-search and self marketing services to students all year, rather than just during the summer."
The Ontario Summer Jobs program will help at least 57,000 young people find jobs this summer -- more than twice as many jobs as in 1995.
Today's announcement took place at Datelcom Industries, a manufacturer of customized fiber optic, copper cable and electrical harnesses for the telecommunication, data, and electrical industries.
"Datelcom hired students from the Ontario Summer Jobs program for the first time last year," said Don Wetmore, general manager of Datelcom Industries Inc. "I was very impressed with the high level of skills, the quality of their work - which is so critical to our company's reputation -- and the enthusiasm of the students we hired."
Ontario Summer Jobs, 2001 will help young people ages 15 and up find work, and will run from April to September. The program offers a range of services including an incentive for businesses and community organizations to hire young people for up to 16 weeks, and encouragement to student entrepreneurs. Jobs are also available in Ontario government ministries and agencies.
In Northern Ontario, the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines will help 4,240 young people find jobs through Ontario Summer Jobs, 2001. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs alone will help 4,500 young people find work in the agriculture, food and rural sectors.
Information on summer jobs is available at the Ministry's web site www.edu.gov.on.ca or the Ontario government's youthjobs.gov.on.ca site, and through the Training Hotline at 1-888-JOBGROW or in Toronto (416) 326-5656.
Ontario Summer Jobs, 2001 is part of the Ontario government's Youth Opportunities Ontario strategy. The strategy promotes programs that invest $211 million in services and jobs for young job seekers.
The Ontario Summer Jobs program combines 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.

See table for program details.

Ontario Summer Jobs, 2001

Ontario Summer Jobs, 2001 makes more effective use of resources to better
serve young people looking for work.

For more information about programs, call 1-888-JobGrow or (416) 326-5656
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Program Program Who can apply
Description
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Summer Jobs Service Free job search and Youth aged 15 to 24,or
self-marketing services up to 29 years for per-
are available to help sons with disabilities,
young people find and planning to return to
keep jobs. $2.00/hour school in the fall
wage subsidies are
available for jobs with
businesses and farms,
as well as not-for-profit
and other community
organizations
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Entrepreneurship
program This new program will Students aged 15 to 29,
encourage and help stu- returning to school in
dents to start their own September 2001 or
summer businesses. January 2002.
Through a competi-
tive process,student
entrepreneurs will be
selected and matched
with business leaders
from their community
who will act as mentors.
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Summer Experience Jobs are with Ontario Youth aged 15 to 24,or
Program (including government ministries up to 29 years for per-
Ontario Rangers) and agencies,as well as sons with disabilities.
community groups Students aged 17 for
Ontario Rangers.
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Regular Ontario Jobs are with Ontario Students
Government Summer government ministries
Student Hiring and agencies
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Ontario/Quebec Jobs are with Quebec Full-time Ontario
Summer Student Job government ministries university students
Exchange Program and agencies
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Program When to apply
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Summer Jobs Service Between April and
September
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Entrepreneurship
program Details about the
program will be
announced later this
spring.
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Summer Experience Between April and June.
Program (including A job list is already
Ontario Rangers) available.
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Regular Ontario Between April and June
Government Summer
Student Hiring
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Ontario/Quebec Applications are avail-
Summer Student Job able in January and
Exchange Program sent in prior to the
February deadline
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Program Duration of work Number of clients
of Services 57,000 (total)
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Summer Jobs Service Free job search and 49,325 young people in
self-marketing services jobs or learning how to
are available through- find their own job
out the year. Wage sub-
sidies for jobs that can
last up to 16 weeks are
available from April to
the end of September
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Entrepreneurship Businesses will run 200 jobs
program during the summer
months.
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Summer Experience Jobs last about 7 weeks 4,400 jobs
Program (including
Ontario Rangers)
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Regular Ontario Jobs last up to 16 weeks 3,000 jobs
Government Summer
Student Hiring
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Ontario/Quebec Jobs last about 13 weeks 75 jobs
Summer Student Job
Exchange Program
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Program Expenditure
$53.1 million (total)
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Summer Jobs Service $27.0 million
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Entrepreneurship $0.6 million
program
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Summer Experience $10.7 million
Program (including
Ontario Rangers)
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Regular Ontario $14.4 million
Government Summer
Student Hiring
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Ontario/Quebec $0.4 million
Summer Student Job
Exchange Program
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For further information: Dave Ross, Media contact, (416) 325-2709; Kerry Kincaid Delaney, Minister's office, (416) 326-1625