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Ontario Providing Vital Job Experience to Northern Youth

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Ontario Providing Vital Job Experience to Northern Youth

Province Continuing to Build Up Career Skills in the North

Ontario is helping young northerners gain essential work experience to prepare for future careers through internship placements across Northern Ontario.

With an investment of $11.6 million through the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, 435 young people will acquire valuable training and experience at private, public, and not-for-profit organizations located in Northern Ontario through job placements in fields such as: mechanical technology, marketing, accounting, law, information technology, health research, human resources, laboratory analysis, and software development.

University and college graduates who have graduated within the last three years from an accredited college or university are eligible for internship placements. Candidates must be graduates of post-secondary degree or diploma programs.

Investing in youth employment training and development 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

  • Ontario is supporting job placements through the NOHFC’s Northern Ontario Internship Program, which has invested more than $21.4 million in 845 internships over the last two years.
  • More than 60% of participants in the Northern Ontario Internship Program obtain full time employment after completing their job placement.
  • The NOHFC’s investments in job creation are part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.

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“Through the NOHFC, our government continues to work closely with northern employers to develop job training opportunities for young northerners. We remain committed to helping recent graduates succeed by providing them with the opportunity to build their skillset and launch their careers.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

“We have seen first-hand the success of the NOHFC’s Internship Program, which has helped meet the labour demands of our organization at the same time that we launch the careers of several recent graduates. Continuing to develop this young talent grows our northern workforce and creates new opportunities for our residents.”

Douglas Murray

CEO Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission

“The internship program has allowed me to gain valuable workplace experience while building skills and relationships that will help advance my career. I thank the NOHFC for helping create this amazing opportunity, and for their ongoing support towards northern graduates.”

Shawna Fowlds

GIS Technician Intern at Thunder Bay Hydro

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