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  • November 29, 2013

Mitzie Hunter Hosts Forum for Small Businesses

Scarborough-Guildwood MPP focused on the Success of Small Businesses and Creating Jobs

 

Mitzie Hunter Hosts Forum for Small Businesses

Scarborough-Guildwood MPP focused on the Success of Small Businesses and Creating Jobs

                                                                                                        November 29,2013

Over 75 Small Businesses and 5 local employment agencies from Scarborough-Guildwood gathered with Scarborough-Guildwood MPP Mitzie Hunter and the Honourable Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to discuss how the Youth Employment Fund can grow businesses and create jobs in the community.

The fund helps businesses by providing support to hire a youth employee, allowing them to expand their operations. It provides youth with meaningful work experience, enabling them to build networks and acquire the skills they need to compete in the workforce. Those who attended heard a success story from Brandon Roberts, who worked with Progress Career Planning Institute and is now employed with Shoppers Drug Mart. He said “I gave the number of PCPI to my friends and within a week, they were working.”

Equipping small businesses with the tools and information that will help them grow is part of Mitzie Hunter’s commitment to expanding employment opportunities and improving the lives of people in Scarborough-Guildwood.

QUOTES

“It was great to see local businesses, employment agencies and community members in Scarborough-Guildwood come together for our forum. When all sectors and parts of our community work together, amazing things can be accomplished.”

—   Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood

QUICK FACTS

  • The Youth Employment Fund will invest $295 million over two years
  • 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.
    • Businesses and eligible youth aged 15 to 29 will be able to access the fund through Employment Ontario or through the local employment agencies: PCPI, East Scarborough Storefront, YWYC, Jewish Vocational Services, or Goodwill.
    • Since the program began in September 2013, over 2,400 youth have found employment through the Youth Employment Fund

 LEARN MORE

http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/employmentontario/youthfund/

CONTACT:

Damien O’Brien, (416) 212-5842

Attachments:

Pdf icon S-G Business Forum MPP Hunter Business Forum News Release

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