Providing Experience For Tomorrow's Workforce

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

News Release: Teresa Piruzza, MPP WindsorWest, Ontario

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NEWS RELEASE

Teresa Piruzza, MPP WindsorWest
Ontario

Providing Experience For Tomorrow's Workforce

Ontario Prepares New Youth Employment Fund for Fall Launch

 

Wednesday July 31, 2013
 

(WINDSOR) - Starting September 23 , 2013, Ontario will expand employment opportunities to help young people gain job skills and experience.

Investments through the Ontario Youth Employment Fund will be used to connect young people with employers who will provide job placements of four to six months. Supports will include incentives to employers to help cover wages and training costs for new hires and assistance to youth for costs like transportation or tools required for the job.

The fund was announced in the 2013 Budget as part of the new Ontario Youth Jobs Strategy, which is intended to help more youth find jobs or start their own businesses while helping employers find the skilled workers they need to thrive in the global economy.

A more fair and prosperous  Ontario gives everyone the opportunity to succeed. By improving employment  prospects for youth, we'll build a brighter future for our young people and a stronger economy for our province.

QUOTES

"We're eager to help young people get essential work experience through meaningful employment. Helping youth succeed in a 215   century economy is part of our government's  plan to build a fair and prosperous Ontario." - Hon. Teresa Piruzza, MPP for Windsor West

'With the local youth unemployment rate at 24%, we very much welcome this new Youth Employment Fund initiative to further our ability as an Employment Ontario service provider to assist youth in Windsor-Essex  as well as our local employers. Reducing youth unemployment and providing youth with meaningful attachment to the labour market while helping local employers critical to the overall prosperity of Windsor-Essex." - Karen Gill-Gore, Director of Government Training Services, St. Clair College Employment Centre

 

QUICK FACTS

  • The unemployment  rate for youth in Ontario today is more than double that of workers aged 25-64.
  • Ontario is investing $195 million over two years in the Youth Employment Fund.
  • Access to the fund will be available to eligible youth through the Employment Ontario network.
  • Last year 35 per cent of Employment  Ontario clients were youth. 67 per cent of those clients found employment  and 14 per cent went on to further training or education.

LEARN MORE

Ontario Youth Jobs Strategy [See Backgrounder Below]

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CONTACT

Justin Falconer, Director of Community Affairs
Office of the Hon. Teresa Piruzza (519) 977-7628
jfalconer@liberal.ola.org

Karen Gill-Gore, Director of Government Training Services
St. Clair College (519) 982-0799
kgillgore@stclaircollege.ca

 

 

BACKGROUNDER

Providing Experience For Tomorrow's Workforce

Ontario Prepares New Youth Employment Fund for Fall Launch

Wednesday July 31, 2013

The Youth Jobs Strategy was introduced as part of Ontario's 2013 Budget to help more young people find jobs or start their own businesses while helping employers find the skilled workers they need to thrive in the global economy.

The government  is investing $295 million over two years through the strategy to create employment  opportunities for about 30,000 youth, while promoting innovation and entrepreneurship.

As part of the strategy, the Ontario Youth Employment Fund will provide $195 million to help eligible unemployed  youth between the ages of 15 to 29 find work. It will have an added focus on helping youth facing multiple barriers to employment  and youth living in high needs communities, including Aboriginal youth, recent immigrants and visible minorities,  youth with disabilities, rural and northern youth, and youth leaving care or on social assistance.

While it encompasses a number of existing supports and services, the strategy will also include support through three other new funds:

  • The Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Fund, which would help create the next generation of jobs by providing young people with mentorship and seed capital to start their own businesses.
  • The Ontario Youth Innovation Fund, which would help young innovators get the advanced work experience  and startup support they need to translate their research into 21st century jobs.
  • The Youth Skills Connections Fund, which would bring together business, labour, educators and youth to identify current skills gaps and bridge them with targeted training to give young people the in-demand skills they need to succeed.

Further details on these funds will be available in the fall.

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CONTACT

Justin Falconer, Director of Community Affairs
Office of the Hon. Teresa Piruzza (519) 977-7628
jfalconer@liberal.ola.org

 

Karen Gill-Gore, Director of Government Training Services
St. Clair College (519) 982-0799
kgillgore@stclaircollege.ca