McGuinty Government Helps Students Find Jobs in Rural Ontario

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McGuinty Government Helps Students Find Jobs in Rural Ontario

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Program Will Increase Skills And Support Economic Growth in Rural Ontario TORONTO, April 30 - The McGuinty government is helping more than 4,000 young people find jobs in rural Ontario to enhance their skills and gain valuable job experience, John Gerretsen, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced today. "Our greatest advantage for building a strong and prosperous rural economy is our people - especially our young people," said Gerretsen. "This program is one way we're helping students get the workplace skills and experience they need to achieve their goals." From April to September, the Rural Summer Jobs Service program helps students ages 15-24 find work. Opportunities exist for businesses and community organizations in rural Ontario to get wage support of $2 per hour to hire students for up to 16 weeks. This program is part of the Ontario government's Ontario Summer Jobs program, which is investing $50 million in 2004 to assist young people across Ontario. "By helping students succeed today, we are ensuring that Ontario succeeds tomorrow," Gerretsen said. "That's change that's working. Together, we can build an Ontario that is the envy of the world, with a quality of life that is second to none." For more information about the Rural Summer Jobs Service program, visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website at www.mah.gov.on.ca or contact 1-888-588-4111. For information about the Ontario Summer Jobs program, visit www.edu.gov.on.ca or contact the Training Hotline at 1-888-JOB-GROW or (416) 326-5656 in Toronto. Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- RURAL SUMMER JOBS SERVICE PROGRAM PROVIDES JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS The Ontario government is currently accepting applications for the Rural Summer Jobs Service program. Important dates: - April 1, 2004 - Employers may apply for subsidized employment from this date. Application forms are available on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website or by mail. Visit www.mah.gov.on.ca or contact 1-888-588-4111 for more information. - May 14, 2004 - Deadline for submission of employer applications. - September 30, 2004 - Program closes. Last day for subsidized employment to employers. - October 15, 2004 - Deadline for submission of timesheets and employer claim forms. Application forms must be mailed to the following address: ------ Rural Summer Jobs Service Program Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing 4th Floor NW 1 Stone Road West Guelph, Ontario N1G 4Y2 Disponible en fran├žais www.mah.gov.on.caFor further information: Patti Munce, Minister Gerretsen's Office, (416) 585-6333; Christine Dukelow, Rural Investments Branch, (519) 826-3419