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  • October 16, 2013

Creating Opportunities for Youth in Thunder Bay-Atikokan

Youth Jobs Strategy Offers Experience, Training and Support

October 16, 2013


The Ontario Government’s new Youth Jobs Strategy will help create 30,000 job opportunities for young people across the province.

The strategy creates four new funds to help young people find work, build job skills and start their own business:

  • The Youth Skills Connections Fund – Partnerships with industry, not-for-profits and academic leaders to help youth build career skills and secure industry jobs.

  • The Ontario Youth Innovation Fund – Provides internship opportunities for graduate and post-graduate students, and helps postsecondary students launch start-ups by funding campus-linked business accelerators.

  • The Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Fund – Increased funding for existing programs such as Summer Company and new programs to support the growth of youth-led companies with training, mentorship and seed financing.

  • The Youth Employment Fund - Launched in September, this fund helps employers offer four- to six-month job training placements for youth. This fund has already helped more than 1,200 young people.

Our government has launched a website that includes a quick search tool to match young people in Thunder-Bay with programs and funds they are eligible to apply for. The website will also provide information to employers looking to hire skilled youth.

Helping young people of all abilities and backgrounds succeed in the workforce is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.


"Our 2013 budget highlighted our efforts to bring forward programming targeted for youth aged 15-29 across Ontario. By focusing our investments and creating partnerships among business, labour and youth, we will begin to move towards our target of helping to create 30,000 jobs in this age category over the next 2 years."

- Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

"The youth jobs strategy is a crucial part of our government’s plan to develop a strong and ever-growing economy by investing in our youth and providing them with the skills and opportunities that they need to succeed and fully participate in the workforce. These new programs will help to create additional jobs for youth across the province and will certainly provide important new opportunities for youth here in Thunder Bay and throughout the Northwest.

- Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

"Ontario’s future prosperity depends on giving our young people the right skills, experiences and supports they need to thrive in the global economy and put their skills to work for Ontario’s economy. Our Youth Jobs Strategy will set 30,000 young Ontarians on the path to a successful career, helping turn them from job seekers into job creators."

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

"Ontario’s young people are full of enthusiasm and new ideas. The new Youth Jobs Strategy will help them work with existing companies or strike out on their own to bring new ideas and technology to market, creating new products, services and jobs."

- Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation

"Providing work experience to Ontario’s young people is a vital investment in our province’s future. When we help our youth succeed in the 21st century economy, we help build a more fair and prosperous Ontario."

- Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities


  • Youth unemployment in Ontario is 16.4 per cent, twice as high as the overall unemployment rate (7.5 per cent).

  • Ontario is investing $295 million over two years in the Youth Jobs Strategy.
  • The Youth Jobs Strategy was announced in the 2013 Budget and developed after a series of roundtable discussions with stakeholders.


Go to the Youth Jobs website.

Use the quick search tool to find programs and funds that are right for you.

Read the Youth Jobs Strategy.

For more information:

Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan
(807) 623-9237

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