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The University of Toronto Mississauga is hosting Mapping Your Education: An Evening for Grade 9-11s, a special event for high school students in Grades 9 - 11, their parents, and anyone considering post-secondary education.  We ask that you share this with your students at Orillia Secondary School who are eligible and may be interested in attending.  We look forward to seeing your students and their families attend!

Mapping Your Education
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
6:00pm - 7:00pm ET

Student Registration

University can seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Let us support you to help prepare your students for their next steps if they're considering a post-secondary education.  If you have any questions about this event, please connect with me, I'd be happy to help!

Are you looking for work?

Below is the latest list of provincial Employment Ontario (EO) offices available to provide services to our students as they leave school.  Their services include:


  • Information for referral for training opportunities such as apprenticeship
  • Matching of skills with employment opportunities
  • Placement into employment and or on-the-job training, job test and hire, work experience and community volunteer placements
  • Financial incentives for employers to provide on-the-job training, apprenticeship, work experience opportunities and trial placements
  • Support for a successful job search including career exploration, job search tools, professional communication, group workshops, one-on-one counselling, coaching and individual employment support
  • Canadian workplace culture for newcomers

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Parks Canada is looking for youth for jobs this year!

The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) is a Federal jobs initiative targeted at young Canadians aged 15 to 30.  It supports the creation of job opportunities, with a particular focus on young people facing barriers.  The purpose is to increase employment for youth, enabling them to gain work experience, to develop skills, and to extend their networks.  Parks Canada is really excited to participate in this initiative, and youth can make a difference in our national parks, national historic sites and our sites across Canada!  Parks Canada is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace by embracing this initiative, and encourages applications by youth facing barriers to employment, in particular Indigenous, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities.

It is our intent to gather information from all potential candidates no later than Sunday, March 28, 2021, so that we can have managers begin the assessment process.  There may be positions that come available at a later date, so we will continue to accept program packages, but candidates who submit after the deadline may not have the opportunity to be considered for this first round of assessments.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for YESS, you must be:

-  Between 15 and 30 years old

-  Canadian Citizen, permanent resident or legally entitled to work in Canada

-  In addition, preference may be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous, visible minorities or persons with disabilities as well as youth facing barriers to employment.  As such we encourage you to self-identify in your application.

Trent-Severn Waterway Operations Student Inventory

Rideau Canal Operations Student Inventory

What we will need from YESS candidates prior to Sunday, March 28, 2021:

-  Section C and D completed of the "Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Participant Information Form"  (See below.  Definitions for section D can be found on page 2.)

-  Completed OWW - YESS Questionnaire

-  A recent resume.

YESS Participant Information Form.pdfYESS Program and Ontario Waterways Information.pdf2021 -YESS Questionaire - Final.docx

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Study and Go Abroad

Click the link to visit the Study and Go Abroad website​Studyandgoabroad.cosagacom_logo.pngm is the ‘go to’ site for students, primarily in Canada, who are researching options for further studies abroad, or considering a volunteer program, learning a language, working abroad or taking an international internship. ​  ​

We're excited to be hosting a free Virtual Education Fair on Thursday, May 21st, offering educators and students an opportunity to meet online, and for students to start planning their next step in education, whether it be at home or abroad. The fair will feature universities, professional schools and colleges from Canada and around the world, offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, diplomas and certificate programs. 

Similar to a regular fair, visitors to the virtual fair are able to visit booths, download brochures, watch videos, attend webinars and connect with university representatives.  They will learn about scholarships, admission requirements and a full range of program options; Law, Medicine, Engineering, Sciences, Fine Arts and more. 

Check the website for exhibitor information and profiles, and the webinar schedule.

Registration is FREE. 

More details: 

Date: Thursday May 21st
Place: Online 
Expo hours: 8am to 2pm EST
Admission: FREE
Register here 

Let us know if you would like us to send you images to use on your social media channels, to let your students know about this event. 

We hope to see you and your students on May 21st.

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Your Business Success Centre!

22 Peter Street South, PO Box 2525, Orillia, Ontario L3V 7A3 | 705 325 4903



Joint Youth Sub


Are you, or someone you know, 15-30 years old?

We want to connect you with a local employer!
We're currently in need of social media savvy youth that have marketing and office administration experience.

Contact us today to learn more:


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The Career Centre offers employment programs and services

Do you know someone who is looking for a job or to gain work experience?

The Career Centre is operated by the Simcoe County District School Board and provides employment programs and services for people beginning at age 15. Whether you have a child who has never had a job but is looking to gain work experience, or have a friend or family member who needs help with their employment and job search, Employment Consultants at the Career Centre can help! Programs and services are available at no cost.

Contact the Career Centre at 705-725-8990, or visit the Career Centre website at for more information.

This Employment Ontario service is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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Are you looking for summer work? It’s time to apply!

The Ontario Public Service hires up to 5,000 summer students to work across Ontario in parks, research, customer service, engineering, administration, communications and more. 

Students can see current openings by visiting and choosing ‘student’ under career level. 

More details are available at

Also see the attached for information about Student Jobs within the Ontario Public Service.

Summer Employment_ENG_outlined print (non AODA).pdfSample Job Ad - Park Ranger.pdf

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My Gap Year (3).pngThinking of taking a gap year?

What if you had one year to do what you really want?  Discover the possibilities at

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Volunteering during your gap year allows you to explore the world as more than just a tourist.  Lattitude is one of the largest international volunteering organisations, supporting roughly 1000 young people globally every year.

The cost on the poster is the new price as of April 1st.   Anyone that registers before then will save $600 ($4295 not $4895 which includes all their meals and board while away).

And, if you use the code "Lattitude2" you will be refunded the $100 application fee once they are accepted as well.

Lattitude Posters.pdf

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The Ontario Civil Construction Careers Alliance has developed resources for high school students which are available to you via their website.  The resources provide information on topics such as:

– Dual Credit Program
– Apprenticeships
– Women in the Skilled Trades

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International Student Exchange - Ontario is a registered not-for-profit corporation offering Ontario students a variety of reciprocal exchange programs in Europe.  An ISE exchange offers you opportunities to:

  • Develop language skills
  • Share your family and school life with another person
  • Increase your cultural awareness through a direct experience
  • Enhance your understanding of others
  • Gain confidence, responsibility and self-reliance
  • Come home with a new appreciation of Canada
  • Prepare for 21st century life in the global village
  • Establish personal relationships that may last a lifetime

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Want to travel this summer?

Adult & Continuing Education, in partnership with EduTravel, are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for students to travel and earn credits this summer.

The Careers and Civics credits for travel will take students to Ottawa, Montreal and New York in July.

Visit the Learning Centre website  to find out more.

Visit for more information including the dates and locations of information sessions and to register for summer travel opportunities.

Ontario youth apprenticeship program​

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The SOAR Summer Innovation Camp is an interactive virtual program designed to immerse students in Grades 7-12 in the world of entrepreneurship and innovation through project-based learning challenges. Camp participants will have the opportunity to engage in live workshops, take part in design challenges, learn from diverse entrepreneur guest speakers/mentors, and collaborate with like minded peers to create their own ventures. This is the second year I am running the program as a result of the success of last year's camp, which saw students across Canada and as far as Australia learning together. This year's camp program will be offered in two 4-week sessions for students (July 5th-30th; August 3rd-27th). 


Further information about this year's program is available at The registration form is directly available at Although there is a fee involved in the camp, we are working to establish bursaries to ensure greater equity for all interested to participate.

This summer you can earn credits with the SCDSB and the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka at Geneva Park.  See the Geneva Park brochure for more information.​