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November 6, 2008
Toronto celebrates a youth employment partnership and launches plans for 2009
The City of Toronto joined members of the business community and young people today to celebrate the first year of Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE), an employer-led initiative that provides youth with opportunities. PAYE is built on a foundation of partnership between the City, employers and the community.

PAYE is spearheaded by business leaders and includes a growing number of employers who have come forward with jobs for youth from Toronto’s 13 priority neighbourhoods. Through PAYE, employers have filled entry-level positions with applicants that have the necessary training and skills. At the same time, the initiative supports the City’s aim of providing opportunities to young people.

“Despite their tremendous talent and ambition, young people in our 13 priority neighbourhoods still face significant hurdles to employment,” said Mayor David Miller. “Thanks to PAYE, today we can celebrate that we are providing training, jobs and, most importantly, opportunity to the youth of our city.”

More than 100 youth have been offered jobs through this initiative so far. In its first year, PAYE has grown from 29 employers to 50 employers and many of these employers are planning to be part of the 2009 recruitment initiatives. For 2009, PAYE will engage employers and service providers to organize community recruitment initiatives involving up to six priority neighbourhoods. Reflecting the need to go beyond recruitment, PAYE will also explore other innovative ways to make real opportunities available to the residents of Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods.

“The private sector participants should receive a tremendous amount of credit for pioneering an initiative that is clearly working with success towards building a stronger city,” said Steve Diamond, Chair of PAYE.

To find out more about PAYE, visit or call 416-397-JOBS (5627).

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Steve Diamond, Chair of PAYE, 416-324-5407
Stuart Green, Mayor’s Office, 416-338-7119,
Heather MacVicar, General Manager, Social Services, 416-392-8952,



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