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  • August 16, 2013

Providing Experience for Tomorrow’s Workforce

Ontario Prepares New Youth Employment Fund for Fall Launch

August 16, 2013

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.


"I’m pleased we are able to provide essential work experience – often 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

"When youth cannot find meaningful employment, their well-being suffers and they can’t help drive innovation and economic growth in the province. When we help young people to reach their potential, we all benefit."

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

"Young people often have difficulty finding employment and the Ontario Youth jobs strategy will assist our youth in connecting with job placements."

Liz Sandals, Guelph MPP



  • 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 Ontarionetwork.
  • 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.






For more information, contact:


Jenny Waterston

Office of Liz Sandals, MPP

(519) 836-4190

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