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Celebrating Ontario Parks Summer Student Excellence

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Celebrating Ontario Parks Summer Student Excellence

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Ontario is providing support to student employees for demonstrating excellent performance while working in Ontario Parks.

Now in its 15th year, the Ontario Parks Partners Bursary Awards recognize summer students each year for their commitment to great work, unparalleled service, and leadership in natural resources management. The program, supported by corporate partners, provides funding to students for post-secondary education.

Creating summer employment opportunities for students is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

Quick Facts

  • Thirty bursaries of $500 each are being awarded in 2014. Students were nominated by park visitors, peers and supervisors for their dedication, customer service, initiative and leadership.
  • Ontario invested $78 million this year in summer jobs programs to help over 100,000 students find employment and start businesses.
  • There are over 300 provincial parks in Ontario, covering over 8-million hectares — larger than Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined.
  • In 2013, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 8.5-million visits from people around the world, bringing in $69 million in revenue and supporting jobs and businesses across the province.

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“More than 1,500 students work in Ontario Parks each summer, helping to make the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry the top youth employer in the Ontario Public Service. I would like to congratulate this year’s Ontario Parks bursary recipients who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and initiative.”

Bill Mauro

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

Media Contacts

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    Minister’s Office


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    Communications Services Branch




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