Toronto Board of Trade

Toronto Board of Trade

March 29, 2006 08:30 ET

Building Toronto's Neighbourhoods, One Job At A Time

Board of Trade Challenges Business to Create 1,000 Opportunities for Youth Attention: Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - March 29, 2006) - The Toronto Board of Trade today launched its Youth ONE Campaign with the goal of creating 1,000 jobs, apprenticeships or training opportunities for young people in Toronto's priority neighbourhoods.

"Youth violence is a complex issue but we know that an important contributing factor is the lack of economic opportunity in some of our neighbourhoods," said Glen Grunwald, President and CEO of the Board of Trade. "There are many good young people across the city who are considered at risk because of where they live. They don't want to be at risk. They just want an opportunity."

Through the Youth ONE Campaign, the Board of Trade will lobby its members and all Toronto businesses to create 1,000 of those opportunities by September 1 in the 13 priority neighbourhoods identified by the City and United Way.

"This is an important initiative and I'm glad to see the business community responding to my challenge to work with the City to find solutions to the problem of youth violence," said Mayor David Miller. "Safe communities require the co-operation of residents and businesses alike. Toronto is a better place when everyone has the opportunity to pursue their hopes and dreams."

The Board is working with the city's Youth Employment Partnership to connect businesses that can offer opportunities to the young people who need them. Participating businesses can call the YEP hotline at 416-397-JOBS or sign up at www.toronto.ca/yep. YEP will use the company's criteria to search for pre-screened youth and provide it with the appropriate resumes for follow-up.

The Toronto Board of Trade is the champion of a competitive and vibrant Toronto with a mandate to serve, represent and unite the city's business community. Founded in 1845, the non-profit organization represents 10,000 members with 500,000 employees, and incorporates the North York and Scarborough Chambers of Commerce. Information about Board events, policies, advocacy and products is available at www.bot.com.
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Contact Information

  • Glen Stone, Public Affairs Manager, Toronto Board of Trade
    Primary Phone: 416-862-4565
    E-mail: gstone@bot.com