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Summer jobs for youth in Hamilton

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Summer jobs for youth in Hamilton

McGuinty government expanding opportunity for youth

Over 190 youth from high-needs Hamilton neighbourhoods are getting the chance to gain valuable job experience this summer.

The Ontario government-funded summer jobs program expands opportunity for high-risk youth by giving them summer jobs in fields such as recreation, business and youth leadership.  Fourteen of these positions are with the Hamilton Police Service.  The YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington is the agency responsible for running the summer job program in the region.

Expanding opportunity for young people is part of the McGuinty government's plan to develop a poverty reduction strategy that enables more Ontarians to work, build and contribute to a stronger economy together.

The strategy will build on the broad range of programs and services that already have had a direct impact on reducing poverty - everything from child care assistance and affordable housing, to strong public education and health care.

Quick Facts

  • The summer job program targets these Hamilton neighbourhoods:
    • Gibson and McQuesten in the east
    • Gibson in the west
  • More than $878,000 is being invested to help support Hamilton youth through summer job programs and youth outreach workers.

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“Giving these teenagers the chance to develop new skills and experience is all about unlocking their future potential. Expanding opportunity for all Ontarians – particularly our children – is the key to helping Ontario grow stronger for years to come.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Children and Youth Services

“These jobs are a great opportunity for young people to get ahead. Hamilton's youth have showed us that they really want to work.”

Lily Lumsden

General Manager, Career Development and Learning, YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington



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