Cunningham identifies 50,000 reasons why Ontario's Summer Jobs Program is on the right track

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Cunningham identifies 50,000 reasons why Ontario's Summer Jobs Program is on the right track

TORONTO, Aug. 22 /CNW/ - Preliminary results for Ontario Summer Jobs, 2001 show that the program is well on the way to another successful year, said Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
At the end of July, 50,000 students had received assistance through Ontario Summer Jobs, 2001 -- the province's $53.1 million investment to help young people find work or create their own business this summer.
"Ontario's strong economy continues to provide opportunities for young people to learn new skills and gain valuable workplace experience," said Cunningham. "We will easily surpass our goal of helping 57,000 students find work this summer."
Today's announcement took place at the Harbourfront Community Centre, where Ontario Summer Jobs, 2001 helped eight students find work in the City of Toronto's graffiti transformation project, which gives young artists the opportunity to paint murals on walls covered with graffiti.
"Ontario Summer Jobs gave us the opportunity to hire talented student artists who are building excellent relations with the community, and designing and painting outstanding murals to beautify city neighbourhoods and business districts," said Kim Morison, a program director at the Harbourfront Community Centre.
Ontario Summer Jobs, 2001 is part of the Ontario government's Youth Opportunities Ontario strategy. The strategy promotes programs that invest $213 million in services and jobs for 215,000 young people across the province.
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.
Information on summer jobs is available at the Ministry of Training, Colleges and University's web site at www.edu.gov.on.ca or the Ontario government's youthjobs.gov.on.ca site, and through the Training and JobGrow Hotline at 1-888-JOBGROW or in Toronto (416) 326-5656.
For further information: Dave Ross, Media contact, (416) 325-2709; Kerry Kincaid Delaney, Minister's office, (416) 326-1625