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March 29, 2006
Building Toronto's neighbourhoods, one job at a time - Board of Trade challenges businesses to create 1,000 opportunities for youth
The Toronto Board of Trade today launched its Youth ONE Campaign with the goal of creating 1,000 jobs, apprenticeships or training bursaries for young people in Toronto's priority neighbourhoods.

"Youth violence is a complex issue but we know that an important contributing factor is the lack of economic opportunity in some of our neighbourhoods," said Glen Grunwald, President and CEO of the Board of Trade. "There are many good young people across the city who are considered at risk because of where they live. They don't want to be at risk. They just want an opportunity."

Through the Youth ONE Campaign, the Board of Trade will lobby its members and all Toronto businesses to create 1,000 of those opportunities by September 1 in the 13 priority neighbourhoods identified by the City of Toronto's Community Safety Plan.

"This is an important initiative and I’m glad to see the business community responding to my challenge to work with the City to find solutions to the problem of youth violence," said Mayor David Miller. "Safe communities require the co-operation of residents and businesses alike. Toronto is a better place when everyone has the opportunity to pursue their hopes and dreams."

The Board is working with the City of Toronto to connect businesses that can offer opportunities to the young people who need them. Participating businesses can call the City of Toronto Employer Hotline at 416-397-JOBS (5627). Working with a range of community partners, City staff will help interested employers by searching for pre-screened youth who have been provided with the pre-employment skills necessary to ensure their success in the workplace.

The Toronto Board of Trade is the champion of a competitive and vibrant Toronto with a mandate to serve, represent and unite the city's business community. Founded in 1845, the non-profit organization represents 10,000 members with 500,000 employees, and incorporates the North York and Scarborough Chambers of Commerce. Information about Board events, policies, advocacy and products is available at

Media contacts:
Glen Stone, Public Affairs Manager, Toronto Board of Trade, 416-862-4565,
Don Wanagas, Communications Director, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7134



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