Toronto – Starting in September 2013, a new Youth Employment Fund in Ontario 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 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.
“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,” said Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.
The Ontario government announced the fund in its 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.
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.
“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,” said Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.