Ontario Providing Vital Job Experience to Northern Youth
Province Continuing to Build Up Career Skills in the North
Ontario is helping young northerners gain essential work experience to prepare for future careers through internship placements across Northern Ontario.With an investment of $11.6 million through the province’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, 435 young people will acquire valuable training and experience at private, public, and not-for-profit organizations located in Northern Ontario through job placements in fields such as: mechanical technology, marketing, accounting, law, information technology, health research, human resources, aboratory analysis, and software development.
University and college graduates who have graduated within the last three years from an accredited college or university are eligible for internship placements. Candidates must be graduates of post-secondary degree or diploma programs.
Investing in youth employment training and development is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
“Through the NOHFC, our government continues to work closely with northern employers to develop job training opportunities for young northerners. We remain committed to helping recent graduates succeed by providing them with the opportunity to build their skill set and launch
— Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and
chair of the NOHFC
“I am pleased that our government’s support through the NOHFC is helping youth in our region advance their careers by providing opportunities to gain valuable work experience. The Internship Program contributes to the diversity and prosperity of our region, as businesses are able to expand the skill sets and qualifications of their employee base.”
— Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan
““We have seen first-hand the success of the NOHFC’s Internship Program, which has helped meet the labour demands of our organization at the same time that we launch the careers of several recent graduates. Continuing to develop this young talent grows our northern
workforce and creates new opportunities for our residents.”
— Douglas Murray, CEO Thunder Bay Community Economic Development
“The internship program has allowed me to gain valuable workplace experience while building skills and relationships that will help advance my career. I thank the NOHFC for helping create this amazing opportunity, and for their ongoing support towards northern graduates.”
— Shawna Fowlds, GIS Technician Intern at Thunder Bay Hydro
• Ontario is supporting job placements through the NOHFC’s Northern
Program, which has invested more than $21.4 million in 845 internships
over the last two
• In the Thunder Bay region alone, the NOHFC’s Northern Ontario
Internship Program has
invested more than $4.5 million in 179 job placements over the last two
• More than 60 percent of participants in the Northern Ontario
Internship Program obtain full
time employment after completing their job placement.
• The NOHFC’s investments in job creation are part of the Ontario
government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.
Omendra Adhikary, works at the TBRHSC Capital Projects and is a Mechanical Engineer who graduated from Lakehead University. Omendra was born in Nepal and moved to Thunder Bay in 2008 with his whole family. He began his education right away and finished in 2012.
“ This is such a neat program and it is encouraging to see so many people that have gone through the program. We need to keep people here especially those who are in the fields of science and engineering.”
“ My managers at the hospital are all engineers so I can also complete the Engineer in Training program to become a Professional Engineer.”
“ I like Thunder Bay just fine. I think it is beautiful and outside of the 2 or 3 weeks of cold, a perfect place. It has everything you could possibly want from hiking, skiing to snowboarding. I love hiking and would love to stay here as long as possible.”