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Creating Opportunities for Ontario’s Youth in Niagara

Youth Jobs Strategy Offers Experience, Training and Support

The Ontario government’s new Youth Jobs Strategy will help create 30,000 job opportunities for young people across the province.

 

The strategy creates four new funds to help young people find work, build job skills and start their own business:

 

  • The Youth Skills Connections Fund – Partnerships with industry, not-for-profits and academic leaders to help youth build career skills and secure industry jobs.

 

  • The Ontario Youth Innovation Fund – Provides internship opportunities for graduate and post-graduate students, and helps postsecondary students launch start-ups by funding campus-linked business accelerators.

 

  • The Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Fund – Increased funding for existing programs such as Summer Company and new programs to support the growth of youth-led companies with training, mentorship and seed financing.

 

  • The Youth Employment Fund - Launched in September, this fund helps employers offer four- to six-month job training placements for youth. This fund has already helped more than 1,200 young people.

 

Ontario has launched a website that includes a quick search tool to match young people in Niagara with programs and funds they are eligible to apply for. The website will also provide information to employers looking to hire skilled youth.

 

Helping young people of all abilities and backgrounds succeed in the workforce is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.


QUICK FACTS

 

  • Youth unemployment in Ontario is 16.4 per cent, twice as high as the overall unemployment rate (7.5 per cent).
  • Ontario is investing $295 million over two years in the Youth Jobs Strategy.
  • The Youth Jobs Strategy was announced in the 2013 Budget and developed after a series of roundtable discussions with stakeholders.

 

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