May 11, 2009

The Toronto Transit Commission was recognized today for the hiring of youth from 13 priority neighbourhoods through a Youth Employment Program. Since its launch in 2006, the TTC has provided over 300 employment opportunities.

“The Community Safety Plan is about opening doors for youth who might not otherwise have had the same opportunities as others in the city,” said Mayor David Miller. “This partnership between the City’s Youth Employment Partnerships program and the TTC captures the spirit of the plan and provides employment for youth from priority neighbourhoods. I want to congratulate and thank everyone involved.”

In support of the Mayor’s Community Safety Plan, the TTC Human Resources Department developed an Outreach and Recruitment Plan whereby job opportunities were specifically allocated for youth in the priority neighbourhoods. Youth were given the opportunity to meet directly with a TTC recruiter to demonstrate their enthusiasm face-to face, and a youth-friendly point of entry into the TTC was created.

“Giving a young person an opportunity to secure a meaningful job and work experiences is critical to the health of our city,” said TTC Chair Adam Giambrone. “I’d like to express my gratitude to TTC and City of Toronto staff for making this Youth Employment Partnership the success that it is.”

The youth have been hired into different jobs within many different areas of the TTC’s business: they are employed in the Rail Departments, Bus Departments, Revenue Operations, Marketing, Wheel-Trans and Finance. 

“The TTC serves a diverse community, and the TTC, as a large employer, should provide employment opportunities to young people,” said TTC Chief General Manager Gary Webster. “I’m proud of the work our staff has done to make this program a success.”

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