Petition to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
Whereas youth unemployment in Ontario is over 15%; and
Whereas research suggests that work experience is a crucial factor in ensuring positive labour market outcomes for post-secondary students; and
Whereas many post-secondary students are unable to gain relevant work experience, or participate in work experiences that do not effectively integrate with their academic program of study; and
Whereas a 2013 report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives recommended that Ontario make much greater use of innovative work-integrated learning programs to combat youth unemployment.
WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to:
- Bring together students, post-secondary institutions and employers in a provincial Advisory Council on Work-Integrated Learning, mandated to make recommendations to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities on various issues including:
a. how to engage more employers in providing paid work-integrated learning (WIL), and to improve regulation of unpaid WIL;
b. how to support post-secondary institutions in delivering quality WIL experiences for students;
c. how to ensure that all qualified students who are interested in participating in WIL are able to participate across different faculties and fields of study.