April 4, 2016 - Ontario has launched a new youth employment program that will help young people ages 15-29 plan their careers, prepare for the labour market and connect to job opportunities.
The Youth Job Link program is the latest phase of Ontario's Youth Jobs Strategy and will be available to youth and students at more than 320 locations across the province.
As of April 1, 2016, young people will be able to access the following services, available year-round:
Ontario is also launching the summer component of the Youth Job Connection program, which will provide summer, part-time and after-school job opportunities to high school students aged 15 to 18 who face challenging life circumstances and may need support transitioning between school and work. Youth Job Connection, which began in October 2015, will continue to provide more intensive, targeted support for unemployed youth between ages 15 and 29 with multiple barriers to employment including poverty, homelessness, disability and mental health.
Youth Job Link and Youth Job Connection are part of a new suite of programs - which also includes Employment Ontario's Employment Service - designed to help youth with a broader range of employment needs and to ensure resources are used effectively and targeted to those who need them most. Interested youth and employers can contact Employment Ontario to help find a suitable program, and to learn what services are available in their communities. Information is also available through a convenient live chat service.
Helping youth of all abilities and backgrounds access the most effective employment and training programs is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
“Our youth are our future and programs like Youth Job Link empower the young people of Scarborough-Guildwood and across Ontario achieve the essential skills to reach their full potential. Youth Job Link is a wonderful program which aims to help young people build the necessary skills to succeed. By offering individual support and incentive for employers, Youth Job Link is helping our youth get the training and assistance they need to build a solid foundation in their lives. When young people are able to secure employment they are given the opportunity to give back to their communities and contribute to the growth of the economy. For Scarborough-Guildwood’s most vulnerable youth, Youth Job Link will help them gain stability in their lives, and empower them to rise out of poverty.”
— Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood
“Our government has launched better coordinated, more targeted and more effective employment and training programs to ensure that all people, particularly our youth, have access to evidence-based services that will provide them with the support they need to build their skills and get a good job. I’m excited that Youth Job Link has now launched at more than 320 locations across the province to help youth, including students, who could benefit from some extra help to plan their careers and transition to the labour market. Combined with the more intensive Youth Job Connection, which has shown great uptake since launching in October 2015, Ontario has the right combination of programs in place to help youth with a broad spectrum of needs, abilities and backgrounds get the training they need to actively contribute to our economy.”
— Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
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