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Northeastern Ontario Youth Get New Job Trainning Opportunities

Investment in 94 New Job Placements Shows McGuinty Government On the Side of Northerners

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is helping young northerners hone their career skills and find meaningful employment close to home by investing in internships and work placements across the Northeast, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today. 

"The McGuinty government is on the side of northerners.  That's why, since last summer, we've funded hundreds of job placements in the North," said Bartolucci.  "These investments are ensuring the future growth and prosperity of our region by enabling our young workforce to remain in the Northeast."

Through the Northern Ontario Youth Internship and Co-op Program, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is investing an additional $1,637,156 in 94 internship and work placements that provide on-the-job training and experience to youth in Northeastern Ontario.  Today's announcement brings the province's current investment under this program to nearly $6 million for 350 placements across Northern Ontario.

Earlier this month, during a visit to Kenora, Minister Bartolucci announced funding for 40 internship and work placements in Northwestern Ontario through a provincial investment of $479,672.

The program helps employers provide work placements and internships to young northerners seeking to launch and build their careers in the North.  Students gain valuable work experience in fields as diverse as website programming, graphic design, accounting, welding and others.

"By investing in programs, such as this one, our government is clearly demonstrating that it is committed to addressing the issue of youth out-migration," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the NOHFC.  "Northern employers should be commended for working with the NOHFC to create meaningful job opportunities for our young people."

Other McGuinty government initiatives in support of young people include:

•    Providing up to $25,000 through the Northern Ontario Young Entrepreneur Program to support business start-ups by young northerners;

•    Mobilizing our Northern Development Councils to tackle the issue of youth out-migration from the North;

•    Opening the first Northern Ontario School of Medicine to train doctors in the North so they will practice in the North.

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. The Northern Prosperity Plan has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.

Laura Blondeau
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454    

Michel Lavoie    
MNDM/NOHFC - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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