A local group that works with homeless youth is set to receive money from a new provincial program intended to help at-risk young people start businesses.
Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi.
Operation Come Home, a local non-profit that works with homeless youth and other young people that are at risk of becoming homeless, has received $187,000 to help its clients access training and mentorship programs.
The goal is to allow them learn the skills required to start their own businesses, turning potential welfare recipients into job creators.
“I am certain that through this program, Operation Come Home will help provide young entrepreneurs with the tools and inspiration they need to lead successful and independent lives,” said Yasir Naqvi, the member of provincial Parliament for Ottawa Centre, in a statement.
The investment is part of the $6-million Strategic Community Entrepreneurship Projects program that will give funding to 18 groups across the province.
The program is targeted at people between the ages of 15 and 29 who are not eligible for other entrepreneurship and self-employment programs.
The Youth Jobs Strategy will cost $295 million over two years in an effort to help 30,000 young people find jobs or create their own. According to the government, 9,000 young people have found jobs through the program so far.