Supporting High-Tech Jobs in Ottawa
Ontario Helps Create Opportunities for Recent Grads
Ontario is helping Ericsson Canada expand its new global R&D centre in Ottawa while creating 35 new jobs, with a focus on opportunities for recent graduates, and retaining 105 existing jobs.
The government is building on successful partnerships with high-tech companies like Ericsson Canada with its new Youth Jobs Strategy, which will help set 30,000 more Ontario youth on the path to successful careers.
Ontario's Youth Jobs Strategy includes:
- The Youth Skills Connections Fund - Partnerships with industry, not-for-profits and academic leaders to help youth build career skills and secure industry jobs.
- The Ontario Youth Innovation Fund - Provides internship opportunities for graduate and post-graduate students, and helps postsecondary students launch start-ups by funding campus-linked business accelerators.
- The Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Fund - Increased funding for existing programs such as Summer Company and new programs to support the growth of youth-led companies with training, mentorship and seed financing.
- The Youth Employment Fund - Launched in September, this fund helps employers offer four- to six-month job training placements for youth. This fund has already helped more than 1,200 young people.
Partnering with business and helping young people succeed is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- Ontario is providing a grant of $3 million towards Ericsson’s Ottawa R&D centre, which currently employs more than 900 people.
- Ontario ranks third in North America after California and Texas for the number of ICT establishments.
- Ontario has launched a website that includes a quick search tool to match young people with programs and funds they are eligible to apply for. The website will also provide information to employers looking to hire skilled youth.
- The Youth Jobs Strategy was announced in the 2013 Budget.
“Today’s announcement strengthens Ontario’s position as a global leader in the high tech industry, in no small part because of the innovation and talent on display here in Ottawa. Strategic partnerships with business are part of our government’s plan to create a strong economy that affords opportunities for people from all walks of life.”
“This announcement is great news for our community and all Ontario. The Youth Jobs Strategy is an essential part of our commitment to increasing opportunities for all Ontarians, and it helps businesses like Ericsson find the people they need so they can stay in the province and flourish.”
“As we celebrate 60 years in Canada, the new R&D Centre in Ottawa represents an important milestone in developing new Canadian innovations that play a pivotal role in the worldwide advancement of Ericsson’s wireless technologies.”