Ontario invests $2.2M to help 500 underrepresented youth get work experience

Aug 28 2020, 11:06 am

The Ontario government is investing $2.2 million to support eight projects in the Greater Toronto Area that will help nearly 500 young people from underrepresented groups receive work experience.

On Friday, Premier Doug Ford announced that the work is being done through the Council on Equality of Opportunity.

According to the premier, the council is a key part of the government’s ongoing COVID-19 jobs and recovery efforts.

“Our government is committed to breaking down barriers and ensuring everyone from all walks of life gets the opportunity to achieve their full potential,” said Ford.

“To help turn lives around, I am looking forward to receiving the advice of the impressive members of our new council and seeing the results of our investment in critically important training and skills development programs.”

According to the province, 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 will be run by Youth Employment Services in partnership with Amazon, Accenture and Fast Lane training.

And, 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.

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.

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