Strong and vibrant cities provide a wide variety of opportunities for secure, well-paid work.

Why it matters:

Toronto and the surrounding Region’s importance in the national jobs landscape has been growing since the 2008 financial crisis:

    - Almost 1in 3 of all jobs created in Canada bet ween 2010 and 2013 were in the Toronto Region.

As of July 2014, the unemployment rate in Toronto was 10.5%:

    - After climbing to almost 21% in 2012, the Toronto youth unemployment rate dropped to 17.6% in 2013, but was still above

      2011’s 17.2%.

Amongst immigrants, unemployment was a more likely prospect for recent immigrants (in Canada less than 5 years) in 2013:

     - On average, 9% of all immigrants were unemployed in the Region. 14% of those who were recent immigrants were

       unemployed, compared to 7% of those here at least 10 years.

    - The unemployment rate for Toronto’s recent immigrant youth (ages 15-24) was 27% in 2013, down from a high of 29% in


    - Failing to recognize the qualifications and experience of immigrants costs the Region $1.5 billion to $2.25 billion annually


- Toronto's Vital Signs® Report 2014

Youth Employment Services YES believes that employment is empowerment and the cornerstone of safe and healthy communities. YES leads the Canadian youth sector with innovative programs that empower disadvantaged and vulnerable youth to become self-sufficient contributing members of society.
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