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Ontario Supports More Job Placements For Northern Youth

Internship and Co-Op Program Continues Providing Opportunities for Young Northerners

SUDBURY - The McGuinty 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.

"Our government is committed to ensuring that young northerners have the opportunity to develop their career skills and find jobs closer to home," said Bartolucci.  "Since last year, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund has funded hundreds of job placements across the North."

Through the Northern Ontario Youth Internship and Co-op Program, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is investing an additional $2.2 million in 118 internship and work placements that provide on-the-job training and experience across the North.  Today's announcement brings the province's current investment under this program to nearly $7.7 million for 430 placements.

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.

"Our government remains strongly committed to addressing the issue of youth out-migration and I am very pleased that we are helping young northerners develop their careers right here in Northern Ontario," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the NOHFC.  "I also applaud northern employers for working with us to create meaningful training opportunities for hundreds of young people."

Other McGuinty government initiatives in support of northerners include:

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

•    Investing more than $33 million to upgrade drinking water system in 62 communities

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