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Northwestern Ontario Youth Gain Valuable Job Training

Support for 40 New Job Placements Shows McGuinty Government Support For Young People

KENORA - The Ontario government continues to build foundations for the future prosperity of Northern Ontario by investing in co-op placements and internships for northern youth, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.  

"The McGuinty government is on the side of northerners.  That's why we're giving them the opportunity to develop their career skills and find jobs closer to home," said Bartolucci.  "These investments will create much-needed job placements and provide significant work experience across the Northwest."  

Through the Northern Ontario Youth Internship and Co-op Program, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is investing an additional $479,672 in 40 internship and work placements that provide on-the-job training and experience to youth in Northwestern Ontario.  Today's announcement brings the province's current investment under this program to nearly $1.7 million for 117 placements since last summer in Northwestern Ontario.

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 television production, nursing, accounting, engineering and information technology and others.  Minister Bartolucci will be announcing funding for Northeastern Ontario in the near future.

"As a former educator, I am keenly aware of the importance of providing job training opportunities that help put our young people onto exciting new career paths," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the NOHFC.  "I am delighted that employers are working with us to provide job training and create jobs for young northerners."

"These job training opportunities are invaluable for small communities, such as Kenora, which are continually striving to create jobs for our young residents," said Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield.  "I am very pleased that the NOHFC could invest in the job creation initiatives of our private and public sector partners."

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.

•    Introducing a refundable apprenticeship training tax credit.

•    Investing $6.7 million in student bursaries at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

These NOHFC 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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