“I’m pleased that the government recognized the importance of creating new, paid work opportunities for young people across the province. … The Ontario NDP will be watching closely to see that the government makes good on this commitment.” NDP MPP and Official Opposition critic Faisal Hassan
A News Release from Ontario’s New Democratic Party
Posted March 1st, 2019 on Niagara At Large
QUEEN’S PARK — Faisal Hassan, NDP MPP for York-South Weston and Official Opposition critic, said young people are one step closer to seeing new work opportunities after his motion calling on the government to create 27,000 paid co-ops and internships passed this February 28th.
If implemented, the motion would unlock opportunities in the public and private sector, as well as the trades, for students, recent graduates and unemployed youth. The motion aims to help young people gain the real-world experience that is increasingly becoming a prerequisite to entry-level positions.
“Too many young people are being asked to forgo a pay cheque to gain work experience,” said Hassan. “Unpaid internships are simply unrealistic for so many people, especially as students graduate with more and more debt.”
“Young people deserve the opportunity to build their resume while getting paid for their work.”
The idea behind the motion is to implement a model similar to the federal Student Work Integrated Learning Program. The key difference is that it would not be limited to the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
“I’m pleased that the government recognized the importance of creating new, paid work opportunities for young people across the province,” said Hassan. “But the Ontario NDP will be watching closely to see that the government makes good on this commitment.”
A Brief Afterword from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –
The passage of this legislation is good news from young people studying and working to make career with a living wage in Ontario, and the province’s New Democratic Party deserves credit for tabling it, and the Liberals and certainly the governing Conservative Party of Doug Ford deserve credit for supporting it
Without the backing of Ford’s Conservatives, this legislation never would have passed.
Hopefully, this move marks the beginning of the end of years of forcing college and university students in Ontario – many of whom are already drowning in debt – from having to perform hundreds of hours of work for no pay in order to earn their degree.
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