McGuinty Government Programs Help Youth Learn About Resource Management
TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - Thousands of Ontario youth will gain valuable
skills and experience this year through provincial government youth employment
programs related to natural resource management.
"Through a variety of summer job and year-round internship programs, my
ministry is giving students and recent graduates across the province
opportunities to get a first-hand look at potential careers in natural
resource management," said Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield.
The Ministry of Natural Resources is investing $6.8 million in five
programs: Ontario Ranger, Ontario Stewardship Ranger, MNR Internship,
Post-secondary Co-op and First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment (in
partnership with Confederation College).
The ministry is also participating with the Ministry of Government and
Consumer Services in five additional programs: Summer Experience, Ontario
Internship, Internationally Trained Internship, Ontario-Quebec Exchange and
Aboriginal Youth Work Exchange.
The ministry's youth employment programs are part of the provincial
government's 2008 Ontario Summer Jobs Strategy which is providing more than
71,000 jobs and services to young people across the province, representing an
annual investment of close to $51 million.
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2008 YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS
As part of the provincial government's 2008 Ontario Summer Jobs strategy,
the Ministry of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Ministry of
Government and Consumer Services, is creating more than 2,100 job
opportunities through 10 youth employment programs.
The Ministry of Natural Resources is investing over $6.8 million in five
youth employment programs:
- The Ministry of Natural Resources Internship Program employs recent
college or university graduates and those currently enrolled in a
post-secondary institution. Ministry interns may complete a maximum
of two 10-month placements, working in areas such as renewable
energy, sustainable forestry and natural heritage protection. Jobs
are posted on the MNR Youth Programs and OPS Careers websites on an
- The Ontario Ranger Program is an eight-week summer job program that
offers 17-year-olds a unique combination of outdoor work, learning
and life experience. Participants are required to spend eight weeks
at one of the ministry's 13 Ontario Ranger camps. Rangers do a
variety of jobs, including maintaining trails and portages in
provincial parks, helping with fish and wildlife habitat restoration
projects, monitoring and assessing plant, fish and animal
populations, and supporting biodiversity projects in local
communities. Applications and reference forms for the 2008 Ontario
Ranger season are available on the ministry's website. The deadline
is March 28, 2008. Applicants for the 2008 program must have been
born in 1991.
- The Ontario Stewardship Ranger Program is an eight-week summer job
program that offers 17-year-olds an opportunity to focus on
community-based environmental projects working in partnership with
stewardship councils, conservation authorities, landowners, local
industry, local municipalities and non-government organizations.
Stewardship Rangers live at home, report to a central work location
daily, and travel as a five-person team to different work sites. Work
may include restoring wetlands, maintaining trails, building and
erecting bird nesting boxes, and conducting research for species at
risk and biodiversity projects. Starting in late February, team
locations and contact information can be found on the ministry's
website. Applicants apply directly to the team of their choice using
the contact information. The application deadline varies among the
different team locations, but is between late April and early June.
To be eligible for the 2008 program, applicants must have been born
- The Post-secondary Cooperative Education Program is available to
college and university students enrolled in a recognized co-operative
education program. Placements last from 12 to 16 weeks during the
summer or autumn school term. Job opportunities are posted at the
college/university placement office and applicants apply directly to
the contact information in the posting.
- The First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program is
offered by the ministry in partnership with Confederation College.
This program provides Aboriginal youth from First Nations communities
an opportunity to work on forestry projects, receive workplace
training and take personal development workshops. Participants live
in camps and report to work daily. Opportunities are available
through the Confederation College website at www.forestrycentre.ca.
The ministry is also participating in five additional programs with the
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.
- The Summer Experience Program offers a variety of jobs to young
people aged 15 to 24 (or up to age 29 for persons with a disability).
Participants work for seven weeks and obtain a broad range of skills
and experience in natural resource management. The majority of
positions are in provincial parks. Starting in late February,
positions and contact information and can be found on the ministry's
- The Ontario Internship Program offers paid, two-year, entry-level
employment opportunities in key professional fields across the
Ontario Public Service. The program is open to people with limited
work experience who have graduated with a degree or diploma from a
recognized university or college within the past two years. Positions
are offered in seven key professional focus areas: Business and
Financial Planning, Communications, Human Resources, Information and
Information Technology, Labour Relations, Policy Development, and
- The Ontario-Quebec Summer Student Job Exchange Program allows
students from Ontario to work in Quebec for 13 weeks in the summer.
The program gives university students a chance to improve their
French language skills and experience Quebec culture while working in
government ministries and agencies related to their field of study.
Students must have a minimum of one year of university.
- The Aboriginal Youth Work Exchange Program is a three-year program
that started in the summer of 2006. The program provides Aboriginal
youth aged 15 to 24 (up to 29 for persons with a disability) with
eight-week work placements focusing on resource management projects,
job skills readiness training and personal development. Each
participant remains with the program over three consecutive summers.
- The ministry is partnering with the Ministry of Citizenship and
Immigration offering the Internship Program for Internationally
Trained Professionals through the Career Bridge program. Career
Bridge is operated by Career Edge Organization, a national not-for-
profit enterprise that has managed over 8,000 paid internships across
Canada since 1996. The Career Bridge Program is designed to help
internationally trained professionals obtain Canadian experience in
their field through paid internships.
For more information about any of these 10 youth employment programs,
please call 1-800-667-1940 or visit the Ontario government's employment
website at www.ontario.ca/careers and click on "Youth & New Professionals".
Youth Programs Office
705 761-2115 (Cell)
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For further information:
For further information: Media Calls Only: David Bauer, Minister's
Office, (416) 314-2212; Jolanta Kowalski, Communications Services Branch,