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Ontario Launches Summer Jobs Programs

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Ontario Launches Summer Jobs Programs

McGuinty Government Gives Young People Job Skills and Experience

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario has a range of summer job opportunities for students, through Ontario's Summer Jobs Programs.

The Summer Jobs Service 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.

Through the Summer Jobs 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"
  • Work for the Ontario Government.

Last year, the McGuinty government helped more than 86,000 young people find employment during the summer break.

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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“For many people, summer work experiences pave the way to lifelong careers. By helping young people - and employers - connect, we are helping students acquire skills that will stay with them all their lives.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities



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