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5 Things Friday

What your government did for you this week

Celebrated International Women’s Day

         To celebrate International Women’s Day and Ontario’s first standalone Ministry for the Status of Women, MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris was on hand with Premier Wynne and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Eleanor McMahon, to unveil a new initiative from the province that promotes equal and fair opportunities for women and girls in sport and recreation.

          Improving women and girls’ participation in sports has benefits beyond the sport and recreation sector. It can lead to higher self-confidence, better grades and enhanced career opportunities. Creating equitable and fair opportunities for women and girls in sport is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. For more information please visit: http://bit.ly/2mYjNnv.

 

Summer Employment Opportunities for Students

         Ontario is offering summer employment opportunities to help students develop important skills, gain meaningful experience and learn more about a career in natural resource management. There are more than 2,000 summer jobs and full-time internships available to young people across Ontario.

           The province also offers summer jobs and work exchanges specifically for Indigenous youth that provide hands on experience, on-the-job coaching and opportunities to explore a career in natural resources management. Visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/jobs-ministry-natural-resources-and-forestry for more information.

 

Ontario Investing in Housing Assistance and Supports

         Ontario is increasing its investment in housing assistance and supports across the province to help up to 6,000 families in need remain permanently housed - a major step forward in its goal to end chronic homelessness by 2025. Twenty per cent of the new funding will be dedicated to supporting Indigenous people. This investment builds on the three-year funding for supportive housing that was previously announced in March 2016 as part of the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy update.

 

Employment Increase

         Employment in Ontario increased by 4,600 in February, the seventh straight month of job growth for the province. The employment increase was led by gains in full-time work and in the private sector. Ontario’s unemployment rate was 6.2 per cent in February and has been lower than the national average for 23 months in a row. Ontario’s economy is growing and is expected to remain on of the fastest-growing in Canada over the next two years. Over the first three quarters of 2016, Ontario’s real GDP growth outpaced that of Canada’s and all  other G7 countries. 

 

Ontario Small Cidery & Small Distillery Support Program

       The Ontario Small Cidery and Small Distillery Support Program will provide eligible businesses with support to grow and scale up their operations. This program builds on previously announced initiatives to help small cider and spirits producers, such as permitting spirits manufacturers to have a bar or restaurant at each of their licensed manufacturing sites and launching the sale of cider in grocery stores.

        Additionally, small spirits producers will soon be able to deliver directly to bars and restaurants,  creating more exposure for their products. Helping cider and spirits producers grow their businesses is part of Ontario’s plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives.

 

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