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Expanding After-School Jobs in Policing for Ottawa Youth

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Expanding After-School Jobs in Policing for Ottawa Youth

McGuinty Government Building Stronger Neighbourhoods through Youth Action Plan

Ontario is helping about 60 young people in Ottawa gain valuable skills and experience through after-school jobs in policing during the next school year.

Through the Youth in Policing Initiative, the government will partner with the Ottawa Police Service to employ disadvantaged young people aged 15 to 18. This program helps young people develop skills that could lead to a possible career in policing and provides the opportunity to work in a variety of areas, including information technology, forensic identification, community events and traffic safety.

The expansion of the Youth in Policing Initiative is part of the McGuinty government's provincewide Youth Action Plan, which is getting guns and gangs off the streets, providing positive alternatives for youth and ensuring safer communities and neighbourhoods for all Ontarians.

Quick Facts

  • Last summer, more than 35 young people in Ottawa benefitted from the program.
  • Ontario’s Youth Action Plan will benefit an additional 13,000 young people each year by moving forward on 20 initiatives, including expanding the Youth in Policing Initiative through 13 police services across the province.
  • Ontario is investing over $20 million in new funding to support the Action Plan — efficiencies and savings were found to fully offset the cost of expanded and new programs.
  • This summer, more than 4,300 at-risk youth in 33 Ontario communities gained valuable work experience and learned new skills through the Youth in Policing Initiative and the Summer Jobs for Youth Program.

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“We know that our Youth in Policing Initiative, along with other employment programs, helps thousands of young Ontarians earn money for school, gain self-esteem and contribute to Ontario’s communities. That’s why we continue working with the Ottawa Police Service and other police services across the province to expand this successful program and give more young people additional support to make positive choices and succeed.”

Laurel Broten

Minister of Children and Youth Services

“We’re taking action to help vulnerable young people avoid a life of crime and protect our communities. It is on the ground, at the community level, that we can make the biggest difference, and that’s why we’re pleased to support community groups that work to meet these objectives.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“The expansion of the Youth in Policing Initiative in our community means that more youth will be able to gain valuable work experience and learn new skills. Thanks to the dedication of the Ottawa Police Service, participants will be better equipped to make positive choices, find jobs, and succeed in the future.”

Yasir Naqvi

MPP Ottawa Centre

“We are proud to participate with the Youth in Policing Initiative. It provides a safe working environment and positive work experience for youth with Ottawa Police members.”

Charles Bordeleau

Ottawa Police Service Chief

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