The provincial government continues to build foundations for the future prosperity of Northern Ontario by investing in co-op placements and internships for northern youth, Northern Development and Mines minister Rick Bartolucci announced Friday.
“Our government is committed to ensuring that young northerners have the opportunity to develop their career skills and find jobs closer to home,” said Bartolucci.
“Since last year, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund has funded hundreds of job placements across the north,” he noted.
Through the Northern Ontario Youth Internship and Co-op Program, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. is investing an additional $2.2 million in 118 internship and work placements that provide on-the-job training and experience across the north.
Friday’s announcement brings the province’s current investment under this program to nearly $7.7 million for 430 placements.
The program helps employers provide work placements and internships to young northerners seeking to launch and build their careers in the north.
Students gain valuable work experience in fields as diverse as television production, nursing, accounting, engineering, and information technology.
“Our government remains strongly committed to addressing the issue of youth out-migration and I am very pleased that we are helping young northerners develop their careers right here in Northern Ontario,” said Bartolucci, who also is chair of the NOHFC.
“I also applaud northern employers for working with us to create meaningful training opportunities for hundreds of young people,” he added.