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  • June 18, 2010

New Youth Jobs Program in York Region

McGuinty Government Creating Opportunities For Disadvantaged Youth


This summer local area young people can get a job through the new Youth Opportunities
Summer Employment Program in York Region.

The Youth in Policing program is part of the government’s, Youth Opportunities Strategy that helps provide young people with opportunities to develop valuable work skills with local employers and police services.

Locally, the York Regional Police Service has recruited 6 youth, ages 14 to 17, interested in a
policing career. Participants are given one week of training, a six to seven-week paid job
placement, and preparation for future employment or education and training. They will have the opportunity to work in a variety of areas, including information technology, forensic identification, community events and traffic safety.

More than $22, 800 is being spent on this job program in York Region this year.


“This summer, young Ontarians will have an opportunity to acquire critical work and life skills through the Youth Opportunities Summer Employment Program. Through this program, these youth will gain valuable work experience, meet employers and mentors, and build their resumes. For many, this will be more than just a summer job – it will be a first step towards reaching their full potential.”
-Laurel Broten, Minister of Children and Youth Services.

“York region youth will benefit greatly from this summer employment program. This program will help in better equiping our kids for future employment opportunities.
- Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP, Oak Ridges-Markham.


  • This year, The Youth Opportunities Strategy is operating in 32 communities across the province.
  • More than 4.600 young people will have summer employment through the strategy.
  • The total investment for the Youth Opportunities Strategy is approximately $24 million, an increase of $3 million over last year. This includes some financial support from the federal government.
  • These summer jobs programs pay the adult minimum wage or higher.
  • The Youth Opportunities Strategy is part of Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy to reduce child poverty by 25 per cent over five years.


Lesley Sherban
Office of Dr. Helena Jaczek
MPP, Oak Ridges-Markham
(905) 294-4931

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