As part of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy, the fund helps employers offer four- to six-month job placements for youth aged 15-29 who are looking for work, particularly those facing multiple barriers to employment. Since its launch in September 2013, the program has helped 26,582 youth. Eighty five per cent of youth who have participated in the program have either been retained or gone on to further employment elsewhere.
Helping youth find work 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 savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
“As part of the Youth Jobs Strategy, Ontario’s Youth Employment Fund has already exceeded its goal of helping 25,000 young people access jobs and skill-building opportunities by September 2015. I am proud to share that in Orléans, 182 youth and businesses have benefited from this Fund already. Being a resident of Orléans and the mother of a hard-working teenage daughter, I am very pleased with the investments made in ensuring our young people have the best possible start necessary in their careers.”
Marie-France Lalonde, MPP Ottawa–Orléans
“When our young people suffer from a lack of opportunity, they experience frustration and a loss of hope for the future. As the President of Youth Employment Services (YES), I congratulate the provincial government for their leadership in creating and providing financial support for the Youth Employment Fund. Thousands of youth across the province are now in jobs thanks to this program. When youth work, communities work.”
– Nancy Schaefer, President, Youth Employment Services (YES)
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