This video presents “Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, announces new Strategy for Youth Employment in Toronto.”

  • Jobs and Opportunity for Youth | Des emplois et des possibilités pour la jeunesse.
  • The new Ontario government launched its comprehensive Youth Jobs Strategy, which would help more young people find jobs and make sure employers can hire the skilled workers they need to thrive in today’s economy.
    • A highly skilled and adaptable workforce is critical to Ontario’s continued economic success.
  • The following funding strategy would focus on jobs, entrepreneurship and innovation for youth in Ontario:
    • Ontario Youth Employment Fund – would create new job opportunities for youth across Ontario.
    • Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Fund – supports the next generation of entrepreneurs through mentorship, startup capital and outreach.
    • Ontario Youth Innovation Fund – supports youth to lead and manage industrial research, development and commercialization.
      It would also support young entrepreneurs at universities and colleges.
    • Business-Labour Connectivity and Training Fund to bring together business, labour, educators and youth to better prepare young people to develop the skills they need to succeed.
  • The entire funding strategy would be supported by a total investment of $295 million over two years, and would create 30,000 new job opportunities.

Youth Employment Fund September 2013: Helping Young People Find Good Jobs

Youth Employment Fund September 2013: Helping Young People Find Good Jobs

Youth Employment Fund Starting September 2013

  • As part of the new Youth Jobs Strategy, Ontario’s new Youth Employment Fund will help more young people find jobs as well as ensure that employers can find the skilled workers they need to grow their businesses.
  • Starting this September, the fund will help employers offer four-to six-month job and training placements for young people seeking work.
    • Ontario will provide up to $7,800 to cover a range of supports and services for each eligible young worker under the Youth Employment Fund which includes the following perks:

      • up to $6,800 to help employers cover wages and training costs; and
      • up to $1,000 to help young workers pay for job-related costs like tools and transportation to work.
    • Businesses and eligible youth aged 15 to 29 will be able to access the fund through Employment Ontario or through their local employment service providers.

Government Boosts Legal Aid Funding to Improve Frontline Services for Low-income Ontarians

  • Ontario is investing $30 million over three years to improve delivery of frontline client services through Family Law Service Centres and community and legal clinics across the province.
    • In the first year, 70 percent of the new funding will expand the reach of Legal Aid Ontario‘s Family Law Service Centres, making it possible for more low-income families to access legal advice, duty counsel and mediation services.
    • Thirty percent of the new funding will increase the capacity of community and legal clinics to meet their clients’ needs.
      • This investment could include new or enhanced services that help clients with poverty law, housing, mental health and domestic violence.
    • The funding provided through this government’s 2013 Budget is in addition to the province’s $150 million investment in Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) over four years, announced in 2009.

Ontario’s Developmental Services System: Enhancing Support for Adults with a Developmental Disability

  • The new $42.5 million investment, announced in the 2013 Ontario Budget, will help families and adults at high risk, reduce waitlist pressures, and better support those with complex needs.
  • Enhanced supports include the following.
    • Emergency support for an estimated 600-800 adults with a developmental disability who have an unexpected temporary need, such as the sudden illness of a caregiver.
    • Training and specialized equipment, such as bed lifts, for community agencies to help adults with complex needs.
    • New or additional direct funding for 850 adults with a developmental disability to support their community participation and provide respite to caregivers.
    • Residential accommodation or support to help up to 250 adults facing high safety and security risks (e.g., former Crown wards with no family support).

Did You Know?

  • In total, Ontario will invest more than $1.7 billion this year in services and supports for people with a developmental disability.
    • Funding is available immediately.
  • Approximately 18,000 people with a developmental disability receive residential supports in the community.

Ontario, Canada

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Helping Young People Find Good Jobs

Ontario Government to Launch Youth Employment Fund This Fall

July 29, 2013

Ontario’s new Youth Employment Fund will help more young people find jobs.

Starting this September, the fund will help employers offer four-to six-month job and training placements for young people seeking work.

Premier Kathleen Wynne unveiled new details about the Youth Employment Fund at Operation Springboard in Scarborough today. Ontario will provide up to $7,800 to cover a range of supports and services for each eligible young worker under the fund. That includes up to $6,800 to help employers cover wages and training costs, and up to $1,000 to help young workers pay for job-related costs like tools and transportation to work.

The Ontario government announced the fund in the 2013 Budget as part of the new Youth Jobs Strategy. The strategy will help more young people find jobs or start their own businesses, and ensure that employers can find the skilled workers they need to grow their businesses.

Helping young people find jobs is part of the Ontario government’s plan to strengthen the economy and build a fair and prosperous society.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $195 million over two years in the Youth Employment Fund.
  • Businesses and eligible youth aged 15 to 29 will be able to access the fund through Employment Ontario or through their local employment service providers.
  • Last year, 35 per cent of Employment Ontario clients were youth. Sixty-seven per cent of those clients found employment and 14 per cent went on to further training or education.

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QUOTES

“We are committed to connecting young people with meaningful job placements. This will equip them with the valuable experience and skills they need to get a firm footing in the job market. It will also help employers find the young workers they need to prosper and grow.”

Kathleen Wynne
Premier of Ontario

I’m pleased we are going to be able to provide essential work experience — in many cases for the first time — to so many deserving young people. Helping youth succeed in a 21st century economy is part of our government’s plan to build a fair and prosperous Ontario.”

Brad Duguid
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

Ontario’s economy is stronger when everyone has the opportunity to be gainfully employed. By connecting young people of all abilities and backgrounds with relevant work experience, we’ll prepare them to join the workforce and contribute to the province’s economic success.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins
Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment

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