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July 27, 1998
Mayor Mel launches unique job program for youth
Mayor Mel Lastman today joined with the federal and provincial governments to
launch a unique program to reduce youth unemployment in Toronto.

Businesses in the city can now dial a special hotline - 397-JOBS - and the city
will provide young workers to match their employment needs for full-time jobs.

"This is great for business looking for eager young people to hire," said
Lastman. "Local youth employment agencies will pre-screen the applicants,
match the youth to the needs of a business and even help with wage subsidies."

The $1-milion program is funded by Human Resources Development Canada, the
Ontario Ministry of Education and Training and the City of Toronto. It will be
administered by the city and applicants will be screened by Toronto services

"We want to get full-time work for these young people," said the Mayor.
"Unemployment is highest among youth aged 15-29 and many of these youth want
desperately to work. Here's a chance for them and a chance for business to get
an enthusiastic new worker."

One of the first to sign up for the program was the Royal Bank and the Mayor
urged other companies to join in. "Just pick up the phone and dial 397-JOBS
and we'll do the rest."

Media Contact
Jim Warren
Mayor's Office
(416) 395-6482



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