Ontario Launches Summer Jobs Programs

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Ontario Launches Summer Jobs Programs

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

McGuinty Government Gives Young People Job Skills and Experience
TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ -
NEWS
Ontario has a range of summer job opportunities for students, through Ontario's Summer Jobs Programs.
The Summer Jobs Service (http://www.ontario.ca/summerjobs) offers students free self-marketing and job search services, and offers employers a $2-per-hour wage subsidy to encourage them to hire students. These programs are open to students aged 15 to 24 years (up to 29 years for a person with a disability) who are planning to return to school this fall.
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Through the Summer Jobs (http://www.ontario.ca/summerjobs) programs, working-age students may:
- Search for a job through "Job Connect" agencies
- Improve how they market themselves
- Connect with employers
- Start their own "Summer Company"
(http://www.ontario.ca/summercompany)
- Work for the Ontario Government (http://www.ontario.ca/careers).
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Last year, the McGuinty government helped more than 86,000 young people find employment during the summer break.
QUOTES
"For many people, summer work experiences pave the way to lifelong careers," said John Milloy (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/tcu_minister.html), Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. "By helping young people - and employers - connect, we are helping students acquire skills that will stay with them all their lives."
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QUICK FACTS
- Students work in all employment sectors, including private sector,
non-profit, broader public and public sector jobs.
- Through the Ontario Summer Jobs Strategy, the McGuinty government is
helping to build the best-educated, best-trained workforce in North
America.
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LEARN MORE
Call Employment Ontario at 1-800-387-5656 or visit: www.ontario.ca/summerjobs
Employers, students, schools and community agencies will find useful downloadable resources (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/brochure/osjresources.html) on the MTCU website.
Summer jobs programs are offered across several ministries. For descriptions, see the Backgrounder (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/nr/09.02/bg0220b.html) "Ontario Ministries Have Summer Jobs for Students."
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ONTARIO MINISTRIES HAVE SUMMER JOBS FOR STUDENTS
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Provincial programs across several ministries offer students employment opportunities in every sector this summer.
SUMMER JOBS SERVICE
This free job search and self-marketing service helps students find summer jobs. Employers are offered a $2-per-hour hiring incentive to provide summer jobs for up to 16 weeks. Contact the local Employment Ontario delivery agency; call the Employment Ontario hotline at 1-800-387-5656; or visit www.ontario.ca/summerjobs.
SUMMER COMPANY
For students who want to start up and run their own summer business, this service offers hands-on business coaching and mentoring, as well as awards of up to $3,000. Contact the Ministry of Small Business and Consumer Services at www.ontario.ca/summercompany or go to www.ontario.ca/summerjobs.
SUMMER EXPERIENCE PROGRAM
Summer jobs in the Ontario Public Service for six to eight weeks are available to students. Visit www.ontario.ca/careers, select "Youth and New Professionals," then "Summer Employment Opportunities" where specific positions are listed.
ONTARIO GOVERNMENT REGULAR SUMMER STUDENT HIRING
Students may submit a general application to individual government agencies for student jobs that are six to 16 weeks in duration. Send a resume and covering letter to the human resources branch of the ministries that interest you. Addresses are listed at www.info.go.gov.on.ca.
ONTARIO RANGER
The Ministry of Natural Resources hires students born in 1992 to work for eight weeks out of remote camp locations on outdoors jobs such as hiking trails maintenance and biodiversity projects. Applications and references forms are online at www.ontario.ca/mnryouthprograms, from school guidance offices, or your local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP).
SUMMER JOBS FOR YOUTH
Youth living in targeted high-needs neighbourhoods may be eligible for job training, paid job placements and support after the job ends, for eight weeks. Visit www.ontario.ca/youthconnect.
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For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416) 326-5748; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892