Ontario MNR Youth Employment Program

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Young people can gain valuable job experience and help protect Ontario’s natural heritage through more than 2,000 natural resources jobs being offered this year by the government, Natural Resources Minister Jerry Ouellette announced today.

"Our Youth Employment Programs provide a valuable ‘head start’ to a new generation of resource managers and outdoor professionals in Ontario," said Ouellette. "These exciting jobs provide participants with skills and experience that will last a lifetime."

These summer jobs and 40-week internship placements are an important part of Ontario’s Living Legacy, the most comprehensive natural heritage program in the province’s history. Young people will work on projects that enhance fish and wildlife habitat, and help gather information on fish and wildlife populations, species at risk and recovery projects. There are also opportunities for youth in Ontario Parks.

Young people can get information about jobs, programs and application deadlines online at youth.mnr.gov.on.ca or through high school, college and university career counselling offices.

The Ministry of Natural Resources’ Youth Employment Programs are part of the Ontario government’s Youth Opportunities Ontario strategy. Ontario is a leader in youth employment initiatives, having spent $215 million in 2001/02 on employment services and jobs for young people. More than 140,000 jobs have been created for young people in Ontario since September of 1995.