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  • October 23, 2015

Youth Job Connection Now Serving Peterborough Area Youth

Province Connecting At-Risk Youth With Local Employers


October 23, 2015


Young people in the Peterborough area with multiple barriers to employment can now access the province’s Youth Job Connection program.


Starting now, young people with multiple barriers to employment aged 15 to 29 who are currently not working, not in school, or not enrolled in a training program and live in the Peterborough area can access paid pre-employment training, job opportunities and mentorship programs by finding a service provider offering Youth Job Connection in their community or by contacting Employment Ontario.


Peterborough area high school students aged 15-18 who are facing challenging life circumstances and who need support transitioning between school and work can now benefit from after-school job opportunities by finding a service provider offering Youth Job Connection in their community or by contacting Employment Ontario. The same students will be able to access summer work opportunities beginning in spring 2016.


For employers in the Peterborough area, the new Youth Job Connection program may offer financial incentives to hire young people and offset associated costs, with priority given to youth-friendly employers. Young people who access the program will come to the job ready to work with at least 60 hours of paid pre-employment training. Both youth and employers will receive ongoing support from an employment counsellor to help each job placement succeed.  


Helping youth who experience complex barriers to employment find and keep jobs is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up by making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history, investing in people's talents and skills, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.




“I strongly encourage young people in the Peterborough area who are facing multiple barriers to employment or who need support transitioning from high school to work to access the Youth Job Connection services in our community.”

— Jeff Leal, MPP


“Employment Planning & Counselling Peterborough, (EPC) is excited to provide the Youth Job Connection Program to Peterborough City and County.  We have a team of Counsellors and Job Developers working hard to prepare our youth participants for long-term, meaningful work.  We have strong relationships with local employers and know that they are very supportive of young workers in our community.  This funding allows us to serve, develop and support youth and business, which makes for a stronger community.”

— Karen Wilson, Executive Director – Employment Planning & Counselling Peterborough


“I’m proud our government is helping up to 150,000 more young people of all abilities and backgrounds succeed through our renewed Youth Jobs Strategy. We’re making intensive employment services for at-risk youth more widely available through a network of Employment Ontario service providers, and I know that this program will make a real difference for young people in Peterborough riding.

— Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities




  • The Youth Job Connection officially began service delivery on October 1, 2015 and the program is being delivered at 137 Employment Ontario service providers across the province, including Employment Planning & Counselling Peterborough.
  • The province will invest more than $2 million over two years to help more than 300 young people in Peterborough get the skills and training they need to build a better future.
  • Information on eligibility for youth and employers is available online.
  • Ontario is investing $250 million over the next two years to serve up to 150,000 more youth, through Youth Job Connection and other programs.





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