More Summer Jobs For Youth
McGuinty Government Creating Opportunities For At-Risk Youth
This summer, over 4,000 disadvantaged youth in 25 Ontario communities are getting the chance to gain valuable work experience.
Through the province's Youth Opportunities Strategy, Ontario is more than doubling the number of jobs being offered to at-risk youth to help them develop their skills and talents with local employers and police services.
The program is delivered by not-for-profit agencies who match youth with local employers while participating police services recruit youth who are interested in a career in policing. Participants are given one week of training, a six to seven-week paid job placement, and preparation for future employment or education and training.
Expanding the Youth Opportunities Strategy is part of the McGuinty government's poverty reduction strategy, which sets a target of reducing the number of children living in poverty by 25 per cent over five years -- that's 90,000 kids.
- In 2008, nearly 2,000 youth gained valuable skills and experience through the Youth Opportunities Strategy.
- In 2009-2010, the total investment for the Youth Opportunities Strategy is more than $21 million, nearly double last year's investment. The federal government is supporting part of this expansion.
- The program began in Toronto in 2006, expanding to Windsor, Durham Region, Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Hamilton and London and communities served by Nishanawbe-Aski Police Service in 2007. Another 17 communities across the province were added to the program this year.
“Getting that first job can be a challenge. That's why we're helping youth get that all important summer job so they can develop skills that will lead to future opportunities.”