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Providing 400 Northern Youth With Valuable Job Experience

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Providing 400 Northern Youth With Valuable Job Experience

McGuinty Government Helps Young People Build Career Skills

Young northerners are gaining important work experience to prepare for future careers through internship and co-op placements across Northern Ontario.

More than 400 young people have secured job placements to get valuable training and experience for their future in fields such as: mechanical engineering, accounting, health research, human resources, forestry and software development.

Helping youth get the work experience they need for their future is part of the government's five-year Open Ontario plan to create job and economic opportunities in Northern Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario has supported those 400 placements by investing approximately $8.4 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation's Youth Internship and Co-op Program since May 2010.
  • Since launching the program in 2005, the province has supported more than 2,100 placements.
  • In the 2011 Ontario Budget, Turning The Corner To A Better Tomorrow, released earlier this week, the government committed a $10 million increase for a total of $100 million to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund in 2011-12.

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“Our government continues to help employers provide hundreds of interesting and exciting on-the-job training opportunities for young northerners.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, and chair of the NOHFC

“The NOHFC internship program has enabled the March of Dimes Employment Services office in Timmins, as well as four other March of Dimes offices in the North, to provide recent graduates unable to obtain employment in their field of study, with an opportunity to jump start their career. As an employment services agency that assists individuals in the community with disabilities and barriers to employment to secure employment, this funding has made it possible for March of Dimes to partner with NOHFC to hire a young northern intern and provide the successful candidate with on the job work experience, in preparation for future long term employment in their chosen field of study. This NOHFC program is truly a great investment for young graduates and employers in Northern Ontario communities.”

Lesley Smith

Employment Services Coordinator, March of Dimes Canada, Timmins

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