Ontario creating internship opportunities in region

Press Release

Ontario’s government is working for the people of Northern Ontario by investing in work placement opportunities for young northerners in the Kenora-Rainy River region.
Today, Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, announced an investment of more than $196,000 for seven internship positions. They include:
•$31,500 for the Town of Fort Frances to hire an information technology (IT) co-ordinator intern to help manage key projects, such as the deployment of fibre-optic cable to town facilities;
•$31,500 for the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation to hire a communications co-ordinator intern to help increase the organization’s community presence, visibility and profile as well as its donor and volunteer base;
•$31,500 for the Lake of the Woods Development Commission to hire an economic development intern to help implement Kenora’s key economic development priorities, such as the city’s Vision 20/20 Strategic Plan;
•$27,846 for the Alzheimer Society of Kenora and Rainy River Districts to hire a volunteer and events co-ordinator intern to help with community outreach and event campaigns, and co-ordination of volunteers;
•$26,000 for FSET Inc. in Kenora to hire an IT intern to help with the automation of client-focused computer operating systems;
•$24,960 for LBE Group Inc. in Kenora to hire an engineering intern to help with design, drafting and other engineering duties; and
•$22,800 for Graham & Graham Consulting in Kenora to hire a social program support worker intern to help with the development and implementation of social and mental wellness programs and projects in First Nation communities.
“We are giving young northerners the opportunity to gain practical experience and develop their skills in a real work environment before entering the job market,” said Rickford.
“Creating internships in the Kenora-Rainy River region helps retain young people in the area, strengthens the north’s competitive advantage and sends a strong signal that Northern Ontario is open for business and open for jobs,” he added.

Since June 2018, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation has invested more than $82 million in 539 projects, creating or retaining over 1,437 jobs.
The Northern Ontario Internship Program helps create job placements for young people across the north.