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March 6, 2018
Mayor Tory launches spring job fairs to connect young people with job opportunities
Today at the Rexdale Community Hub, Mayor John Tory announced a series of job fairs across the city to connect young people with job opportunities. These job fairs are part of the City's ongoing efforts to work with private sector employers and community partners to connect young people with jobs and training opportunities. The Mayor was joined by Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City's Economic Development and Culture Committee, and Councillor Neethan Shan (Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River), the City’s Youth Advocate.

“We need young people to feel supported in their job search efforts. Young people are at the heart of our city and have the potential to make significant contributions to our economy,” said Mayor Tory. “Access to opportunity and employment lies at the root of what we must do to make sure we are a great city.”

The City's youth job fairs are focused on supporting young people ages 16 to 29:
• Etobicoke Community Job Fair: March 29, Istar Banquet Hall, 235 Dixon Rd, Unit 11-13
• Retail Council of Canada Spring Job Fair: April 17, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.
• Job and Career Fair: May 9, Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
• Work Connections Job Fair for students not returning to school; registration through school guidance counsellors

The City issued a friendly challenge to employers in Toronto to encourage them to participate in the job fairs and provide training or job opportunities for young people.

“We know employers in the city have the muscle and the heart,” said Councillor Thompson, Chair of the Economic Development Committee. “We need them to step up and help the city tackle youth unemployment. In turn, employers will gain access to skilled youth who are ready to work.”

The job fairs are part of the City's ongoing programs for youth seeking employment. One of these programs is the City's Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE) that connects hundreds of youth ages 18 to 29 from diverse neighbourhoods to job opportunities with some of the City's top employers. At PAYE, unemployed youth are provided with guidance, coaching and community-based services and supports. In 2017, 330 employers participated in PAYE and 1,016 young people were hired.

“Young people are the key to Toronto’s continued prosperity,” said Councillor Shan. “Maximizing their talents and skills is essential for Toronto to remain strong, fair and globally competitive.”

More information is available at or call 416-397-JOBS (5627).

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