Toronto receives $8.6M from federal government to boost youth job program

Mayor John Tory (centre) speaks to the media about a youth job funding announcement at city hall on March 14, 2017. Global News

Toronto’s Youth Job Corps program is getting a $8.6 million boost from the federal government.

“This will have 1,320 youth gain the skills and the experiences they need to find jobs,” Patty Hajdu, Canada’s Minister of Employment, Workforce, and Labour said during an announcement at Toronto City Hall on Tuesday.

The federal government said the funds will come from the Skills Link program, which is a component of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.

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“Our contribution which represents more than a 50 per cent increase from previous years, is part of an $11.6 million partnership project between the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto and the private sector,” Hajdu said.

The minister also said the funding window for the program will be extended from 12 months to 36 months.

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“This creates predictability,” explained Hajdu. “Something we heard over and over, and allows the city and administrators of this program to plan better and serve our youth.”

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Toronto Mayor John Tory said the Youth Corps program, which helps youth between the ages of 16 to 29 find employment, is a tool that greatly enhances job opportunities.

“The program literally helps to tear down roadblocks that exist and make it possible for these young people to have a sense of hope, to have a sense of purpose in their life,” Tory said.

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