Creating Opportunities for Graduates in Greater Sudbury
Providing Job Experience and Boosting Local Business
Ontario is helping to attract and retain college and university graduates to Northern Ontario by providing one-year internships with companies and organizations based in the North.
Glenn Thibeault, MPP for Sudbury, alongside Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business, and Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour, made the announcement today at YMCA Employment Services, located in the Rainbow Centre in Sudbury.
New local placements, which will support organizations to provide valuable work experience and skill-building opportunities for approximately 50 young people, include:
- Two staff accountant interns at FCRL Management Ltd.
- A marketing and events intern at Neo Kids Foundation
- A regional agriculture education intern at Eat Local Sudbury
- A general management assistant intern at Les Concerts La Nuit sur l'étang
Preparing new graduates with on-the-job experience and supporting local businesses in the North is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) Northern Ontario Internship Program provides graduates with on-the-job work experience, which in turn helps private- and public-sector organizations develop the skilled labour they need now and in the future.
- In 2016, 498 people participated in the Northern Ontario Internship Program (NOIP) throughout Northern Ontario. Of that total, 116 people participated in Sudbury.
- So far in 2017, 455 people (108 in Sudbury) have already participated, or are currently participating, in the NOIP.
- Since 2013 and through the NOHFC, Ontario has invested more than $575 million in Northern Ontario, leveraging over $2.1 billion toward 3,527 projects – investments that have created or sustained 14,769 jobs, including internships and co-op placements.
- In the Sudbury area since 2013, the NOHFC has invested $118 million toward 690 projects, creating or retaining nearly 2,300 jobs. Of that amount, approximately $10.3 million has been specifically allocated toward 446 internship projects.
- The NOHFC works to build strong, prosperous Northern communities through unique programs.
“We’re providing post-secondary-school graduates with important employment opportunities, where they will gain up to twelve months of practical experience and develop their skills in a real work environment before entering the job market.”
“The Northern Ontario Internship Program is strengthening the North’s competitive advantage by attracting and retaining graduates who can continue to learn and train on the job to prepare for a rewarding career.”
“By ensuring companies are providing paid work experience to interns, our government is helping young people get the opportunity and fairness they deserve as they begin their careers.”
“NOHFC Interns make big contributions to small businesses and farms in the North, helping them grow and support local communities in Northern Ontario. Creating opportunities for youth to develop the talent and skills employers need is a priority for our government.”