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UTSC setting for discussion on youth employment strategies

Pickering-Scarborough MPP Tracy MacCharles hosted a forum on youth employment strategies held at UTSC on July 10. (Photo by Ken Jones)

The University of Toronto Scarborough was the scene for an interactive discussion on ways to foster employment opportunities for youth in Ontario.

Tracy MacCharles, MPP for Pickering-Scarborough East, was on campus to listen to ideas and recommendations from members of the business community, post-secondary institutions and different levels of government in Scarborough and the Durham Region. UTSC students and staff also took part in the discussion.

"The gathering of industry, youth and community leaders to discuss youth job strategies at UTSC was a promising sign of focus and momentum directed toward the issues affecting our youth and their futures,” said Roger Francis, director of the Arts & Science Co-op at UTSC.

The discussion is part of a province-wide initiative to gather information from important youth employment stakeholders to address historically high youth unemployment in Ontario. The unemployment rate for youth ages 15 to 24 currently sits at 17 per cent in Ontario. Meanwhile, the provincial government has committed $295 million in its budget over the next two years to employment opportunities for 30,000 youth.

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