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July 31, 1998
1,418 employers call 397-jobs Lastman to examine exspansion of programme
Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman announced that as of today 1,418 employers and 4,300
youth have called the 397-JOBS hotline. The hotline was launched Monday, July

"This incredible response demonstrates that our youth want work and our
employers, with the assistance of three levels of government, want to hire
them," said Lastman. "I believe this is an indication that we should be
expanding the programme. There is no better investment government and business
can make than in our youth."

On Monday, Mayor Lastman 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.

"I have directed staff today to contact the other two levels of government as
quickly as possible to examine the expansion of the youth initiative," said
Lastman. "This is a huge advantage to the provincial and federal governments as
they are the primary beneficiaries of moving youth off dependence on welfare
and employment insurance."

"With jobs, these young people start paying income taxes, spending more money
and paying PST and GST. The province and the federal government will reap
dividends from their investment."

"I want more young people working in Toronto," said Lastman. "Toronto
businesses should keep calling and we will find the right young person for

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



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