More Summer Jobs For Youth
McGuinty Government Creating Opportunities For At-Risk Youth
This summer, more than 4,600 youth from 32 priority communities across the province are getting the chance to gain valuable job experience.
The jobs are being offered through the Youth Opportunities Strategy, which helps at-risk youth gain skills and experience with local employers and police services.
The summer employment 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. Youth participating in the program are given one week of training, a six to seven-week paid job placement, and preparation for future employment or education and training.
The Youth Opportunities Strategy builds on the McGuinty government's five-year Open Ontario plan to create new opportunities for skills training and jobs.
- The total investment for the Youth Opportunities Strategy is approximately $24 million this year. The federal government is supporting part of this investment.
- The Youth Opportunities Strategy is part of the McGuinty government's Poverty Reduction Strategy to reduce the number of children living in poverty by 25 per cent over five years.
“This summer, young Ontarians will have an opportunity to acquire critical work and life skills through the Youth Opportunities summer employment program. Through this program, these youth will gain valuable work experience, meet employers and mentors, and build their resumes. For many, this will be more than just a summer job - it will be a first step towards reaching their full potential.”