Ontario Launches Summer Jobs Programs



    McGuinty Government Gives Young People Job Skills and Experience

    TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario has a range of summer job opportunities for students, through
Ontario's Summer Jobs Programs.
    The Summer Jobs Service (http://www.ontario.ca/summerjobs) offers
students free self-marketing and job search services, and offers employers a
$2-per-hour wage subsidy to encourage them to hire students. These programs
are open to students aged 15 to 24 years (up to 29 years for a person with a
disability) who are planning to return to school this fall.

    
    Through the Summer Jobs (http://www.ontario.ca/summerjobs) programs,
working-age students may:
    -   Search for a job through "Job Connect" agencies
    -   Improve how they market themselves
    -   Connect with employers
    -   Start their own "Summer Company"
        (http://www.ontario.ca/summercompany)
    -   Work for the Ontario Government (http://www.ontario.ca/careers).
    

    Last year, the McGuinty government helped more than 86,000 young people
find employment during the summer break.

    QUOTES

    "For many people, summer work experiences pave the way to lifelong
careers," said John Milloy
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/tcu_minister.html), Minister
of Training, Colleges and Universities. "By helping young people - and
employers - connect, we are helping students acquire skills that will stay
with them all their lives."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Students work in all employment sectors, including private sector,
        non-profit, broader public and public sector jobs.

    -   Through the Ontario Summer Jobs Strategy, the McGuinty government is
        helping to build the best-educated, best-trained workforce in North
        America.
    

    LEARN MORE

    Call Employment Ontario at 1-800-387-5656 or visit:
www.ontario.ca/summerjobs

    Employers, students, schools and community agencies will find useful
downloadable resources
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/brochure/osjresources.html) on the MTCU
website.

    Summer jobs programs are offered across several ministries. For
descriptions, see the Backgrounder
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/nr/09.02/bg0220b.html) "Ontario
Ministries Have Summer Jobs for Students."

    
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               ONTARIO MINISTRIES HAVE SUMMER JOBS FOR STUDENTS
    

    Provincial programs across several ministries offer students employment
opportunities in every sector this summer.

    SUMMER JOBS SERVICE

    This free job search and self-marketing service helps students find
summer jobs. Employers are offered a $2-per-hour hiring incentive to provide
summer jobs for up to 16 weeks. Contact the local Employment Ontario delivery
agency; call the Employment Ontario hotline at 1-800-387-5656; or visit
www.ontario.ca/summerjobs.

    SUMMER COMPANY

    For students who want to start up and run their own summer business, this
service offers hands-on business coaching and mentoring, as well as awards of
up to $3,000. Contact the Ministry of Small Business and Consumer Services at
www.ontario.ca/summercompany or go to www.ontario.ca/summerjobs.

    SUMMER EXPERIENCE PROGRAM

    Summer jobs in the Ontario Public Service for six to eight weeks are
available to students. Visit www.ontario.ca/careers, select "Youth and New
Professionals," then "Summer Employment Opportunities" where specific
positions are listed.

    ONTARIO GOVERNMENT REGULAR SUMMER STUDENT HIRING

    Students may submit a general application to individual government
agencies for student jobs that are six to 16 weeks in duration. Send a resume
and covering letter to the human resources branch of the ministries that
interest you. Addresses are listed at www.info.go.gov.on.ca.

    ONTARIO RANGER

    The Ministry of Natural Resources hires students born in 1992 to work for
eight weeks out of remote camp locations on outdoors jobs such as hiking
trails maintenance and biodiversity projects. Applications and references
forms are online at www.ontario.ca/mnryouthprograms, from school guidance
offices, or your local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP).

    SUMMER JOBS FOR YOUTH

    Youth living in targeted high-needs neighbourhoods may be eligible for
job training, paid job placements and support after the job ends, for eight
weeks. Visit www.ontario.ca/youthconnect.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public
Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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