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Summer Jobs for youth in Toronto

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Summer Jobs for youth in Toronto

McGuinty Government Support High Needs Neighbourhoods

Ontario will help approximately 850 youth this summer from high needs Toronto neighbourhoods gain valuable work experience.

Approximately $5.3 million is being invested to help support Toronto youth through summer job programs, youth outreach workers and school-based programs to help youth in conflict with the law.


Ontario's Youth Opportunities Strategy will help youth, especially young people in high needs neighbourhoods who may not always have the same opportunities as other teenagers, gain confidence and skills in the workplace.


One hundred of these exciting opportunities will be with the Toronto Police Service in areas such as the forensic and traffic safety units. 


As part of the strategy, thirty-five youth outreach workers are helping hard-to-reach young people.

Quick Facts

  • Almost 1,800 summer jobs were created in Toronto, Durham, Windsor, Ottawa, London, Hamilton and Thunder Bay. 159 youth were employed with police services.
  • 62 youth outreach workers helped youth across the province.
  • More than 3000 youth participated in school-based programs to help youth in conflict with the law.

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“These are much more than summer jobs. We’re giving these young people the chance to make a positive contribution to their communities and the opportunity to explore options for their future.”

Deb Matthews

Children and Youth Services Minister

“The Toronto Police Service will once again enjoy success with the Youth in Policing Initiative. This program continues to provide an invaluable experience for both my officers and our young people.”

Bill Blair

Police Chief



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