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Ontario Promoting Entrepreneurship Among Youth

Expanded Program Helps Students Learn Business Skills

Ontario is helping high school students in the Simcoe region, and thousands more from across the province, learn about entrepreneurship and develop important business and work skills.

The High School Entrepreneurship Outreach program provides funding to not-for-profit organizations to help them deliver programming that gives high school students exposure to entrepreneurs and their small businesses.

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka will receive $1 million through the program and will act as the administration and project management lead for 31 participating Ontario YMCA chapters. Through this funding, participating YMCAs will host workshops, business competitions, guest speakers and other activities to help spark an interest in entrepreneurship and present it as a viable career option to youth.

The High School Entrepreneurship Outreach Program is part of Ontario's Youth Jobs Strategy, which has created more than 27,000 job opportunities for young people across the province since its launch in 2013.

Supporting young entrepreneurs is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • To date, the High School Entrepreneurship Outreach program has helped 32 organizations connect with over 65,000 students across the province, including vulnerable youth and those living in high-need communities.
  • The province has invested approximately $4.6 million in funding for the program, with 22 organizations launching projects in March 2014, and an additional 10 launching projects in the 2014-2015 school year.
  • Ontario has renewed the Youth Jobs Strategy and is investing an additional $250 million over the next two years.

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“Our government is focused on helping our young people develop the skills and training they need to succeed. Through our High School Entrepreneurship Outreach Program, students can develop their entrepreneurial skills and talents, so that one day they can launch a successful business and become employers in Ontario.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

“Barrie and the surrounding region welcome this initiative. Introducing high school students to the concept of entrepreneurship is a must in today's job market. I congratulate the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka for launching the High School Entrepreneurship Outreach program and giving our young people the opportunity to succeed.”

Ann Hoggarth

MPP Barrie

“Through the Province's Youth Jobs Strategy, the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, in partnership with Y's from across Ontario, are inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. This project is one of several provincially supported initiatives that the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka has delivered in its efforts to connect youth and young adults with meaningful employment.”

Brian Shelly

Vice President, YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka

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