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FedNor funding supports youth retention, community strategic planning, business growth and tourism
August 12, 2022 – Thunder Bay (Ontario)
Providing opportunities for young graduates and connecting organizations and businesses with a skilled and enthusiastic workforce is precisely what the Government of Canada’s internship initiative is helping to accomplish in Northern Ontario. Since its inception more than three decades ago, FedNor’s youth internship initiative has helped create 1824 jobs in Northern Ontario, which has helped keep young people in the region.
In recognition of International Youth Day, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor, announced today a Government of Canada investment of $563,831 to create 12 paid youth internships in Northern Ontario. These internships will support businesses and organizations, and help grow and strengthen the region’s economy.
Provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, this funding will support 12 separate initiatives throughout the region designed to create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, while supporting sustainable economic growth. Specifically, the funding will enable the recipients to hire a youth intern with expertise in a specific field for a one or two-year period, helping the employer to advance key projects. These internships include IT support with Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation, marketing for the Canadian Institute of Forestry, project support for the Township of Moonbeam, and many other exciting initiatives. For the full list of projects, please see Backgrounder.
With backgrounds in science, communications and marketing, the interns’ responsibilities will range from assisting with the development of communication tools and social media strategies, to strategic plan implementation, market research, and municipal asset inventory and analysis.
“Today, on International Youth Day, we celebrate the important contributions that youth make to our communities. That’s why through FedNor’s youth internship initiative, the Government of Canada is investing $563,831 to support internship positions with partners across Northern Ontario. These roles will provide talented young graduates with critical work experience in their chosen fields, helping to build our region’s workforce of tomorrow.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor
“Thanks to FedNor funding for this youth intern position, we can move forward with various projects and community events that will increase our economic development and tourism capacity of the municipality of Moonbeam. The intern will play a key role in improving the collaboration with multiple partners to enhance services to residents, visitors, and newcomers resulting in increased tourism spending.”
– Mayor Nicole Fortier Levesque, Township of Moonbeam
Alison Murphy, Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor
Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario
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