Province Investing In Summer Jobs For Youth

    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
        ongoing basis.

    -   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
        in 1991.

    -   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

    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
        Project Management.

    -   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 and click on "Youth & New Professionals".

    Jennifer Standaert
    Youth Programs Office
    705 755-3138
    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,
(416) 314-2106

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