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Shedding Light on Summer Job Opportunities

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Shedding Light on Summer Job Opportunities

Ontario Helping Youth Find Work, Build Skills

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario is helping over 100,000 students find jobs and launch their own businesses this summer so they can build the skills they need to succeed.

This year, students can visit ontario.ca/readysetwork to access an easy-to-use assessment tool that can help them:

  • Find a job through Employment Ontario partners
  • Strengthen their resumé writing skills
  • Apply for funding to start their own summer companies.

Ontario is also once again offering employers a $2-per-hour hiring incentive for summer students.

Helping young people find work is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing more than $78 million in 2014 to connect young workers to jobs or launch their own summer businesses.
  • The province has helped over 970,000 students find summer jobs and access job services since 2004.
  • Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy is investing $295 million over two years to help 30,000 young people aged 15-29 find work, build job skills and start their own businesses.
  • Job search support is available year-round through Employment Ontario.

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“Summer jobs provide students with an important introduction to the workplace, while helping them develop their talents and abilities. These opportunities not only help young people save for their studies and build their resumés, they also help ensure Ontario has the highly skilled workers it needs to compete in a global economy.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“Providing young people with good career experience is part of our Youth Jobs Strategy. Investing in our young people today will help them gain important skills to become the job creators of tomorrow.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment

“This is about more than finding jobs for young people in the summer. It is about giving them the opportunity to have new experiences, learn new skills, and sample different career options for their future.”

Teresa Piruzza

Minister of Children and Youth Services

“By providing our young people with summer job opportunities today, we are investing in their future and helping them build the skills and knowledge they need to thrive and contribute to Ontario’s economy tomorrow.”

David Orazietti

Minister of Natural Resources

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