Ontario Helps Young People Along the Path to Lifelong SuccessPublished on September 08, 2020
Ontario Helps Young People Along the Path to Lifelong Success
Opportunity Council and Skills Training Investments to Support Underrepresented Groups
Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and Jamil Jivani, Ontario's Advocate for Community Opportunities, at Youth Employment Services in Toronto.
This morning, Premier Ford and Minister Smith attended the inaugural meeting of the Premier's Council on Equality of Opportunity to congratulate Chair Jamil Jivani and all of the new Council members. The Council, a key part of the government's ongoing COVID-19 jobs and recovery efforts, is providing an avenue for young people to engage with government decision-makers and share ideas for building a diverse, skilled and future-oriented workforce. This group of multi-generational leaders will be instrumental in promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and talent with a goal of decreasing youth unemployment rates.
One of the Council's initial tasks will be to gather feedback on the Black Youth Action Plan from individuals and organizations in Ontario's Black communities, including current program partners, business owners and executives, opportunity-minded community groups, organized labour, employment services and training agencies, chambers of commerce, business associations, places of worship, civic institutions, and more. In addition to Council outreach, individuals and organizations will be invited to submit their feedback, recommendations and experiences on the Black Youth Action Plan and how to improve economic success and opportunities for Ontario's Black communities via email to BYAPfeedback@ontario.ca.
The government is also investing more than $2.2 million to support eight unique projects in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) that will help nearly 500 young people and job seekers from underrepresented groups receive practical on-the-job experience in a wide variety of sectors.
As part of the government's overall investment, $500,000 will be used to prepare 100 disadvantaged youth with training in cloud computing and programming. The 12-week program is run by Youth Employment Services in partnership with Amazon, Accenture and Fast Lane training.
"These programs will help prepare our youth for the jobs of today and tomorrow through the development of in-demand skills like digital literacy," said Minister McNaughton. "Jobs can change lives and our government is committed to supporting our marginalized youth and ensuring they get an opportunity to succeed in this highly competitive global economy."
These projects were developed in cooperation with industry, education and training providers. They drive innovation, help employers find skilled workers, and help job seekers begin well-paid careers.