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Ontario Parks Celebrates Top Summer Employees

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Ontario Parks Celebrates Top Summer Employees

Program Provides Bursary Awards to Exceptional Summer Students

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Ontario and Ontario Parks' partners are recognizing student employees for their excellent performance while working in provincial parks this year.

Now in its 18th year, the annual Ontario Parks Partners' Bursary Awards recognize students for their great work, unparalleled service, and leadership in natural resources management. This year, corporate partners are providing $500 bursaries to 40 students to apply towards their post-secondary education. 2017 Ontario Parks Partner's Bursary Award winners.

Creating summer employment opportunities for students 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.

Quick Facts

  • The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is the largest employer of youth in the Ontario Public Service with more than 2,000 individuals hired annually.
  • There are over 330 provincial parks in Ontario, covering more than 8-million hectares — larger than Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined.
  • In 2016, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 10 million visits from people around the world and brought in close to $90 million in revenue, which supports jobs and businesses across the province.
  • Ontario has invested $250 million over two years to serve up to 150,000 more youth through its renewed Youth Jobs Strategy.

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“Summer students are an important part of our provincial parks and it is an honour to join our partners in recognizing their efforts. I want to extend my congratulations to each of the recipients this year, and thank them for their tremendous help in delivering an exceptional experience to our parks visitors.”

Kathryn McGarry

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

“Connecting young people to meaningful summer jobs helps them gain the skills and hands-on experience today’s employers are looking for. Congratulations to the bursary recipients who are making Ontario a great place to visit and an even better place to call home.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development

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