Ontario Youth Employment Fund

SARNIA, September 17, 2013 – A new youth employment initiative launched by the province will help more young people find jobs. Beginning September 23, 2013, Ontario’s new Youth Employment Fund (YEF) will offer incentives to employers to help cover the cost of wages and training for new hires when they provide job placements from four to six months. The province will provide up to $7,800 to cover a range of supports and services for each eligible young worker, including up to $6,800 to be put toward employer costs and up to $1,000 to help young workers pay for job-related costs such as tools and transportation. These job placements provide youth with valuable work experience, allowing them to connect with employers while gaining hands-on skills and building confidence in the workforce.

To be eligible to receive YEF funding, a person must be between 15 and 29 years of age, unemployed, not attending school full-time and a resident of Ontario. 

In order to qualify for the hiring incentive funding, interested employers must be licensed to operate in Ontario, be compliant with legislation such as health & safety and employment standards, be covered by safety insurance, and be in a position to provide four to six month job placements within the province that do not displace current or laid-off employees.

The YEF will be available through Employment Ontario’s Employment Service network. Lambton College Employment Services will be one of three employment service providers in Lambton County who will be delivering YEF.

To learn more about this initiative or to discuss opportunities, both youth jobseekers and employers are encouraged to book an appointment with an Employment Ontario Employment Services representative at Lambton College Employment Services  by calling 519-882-4333 or drop in anytime to the Employment & Learning Centre, located 4248 Oil Heritage Road in Petrolia.

For more information on Lambton College’s Employment & Learning Centre, please visit www.lambtoncollege.ca/elc

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