Premier's Council on Equality of Opportunity

Published on September 01, 2020

The Premier’s Council on Equality of Opportunity (PCEO) brings together 20 young Ontarians and community leaders with expertise and lived experience facing economic and social barriers. The Advocate for Community Opportunities and the council will engage directly with young people and communities across the province to identify strategies to remove barriers for youth at risk of being left behind in today’s economy.


The Council will also provide advice to government to help young people achieve their employment goals, realize their economic potential, and succeed in Ontario’s rapidly changing economy. Recognizing the impact of COVID-19, the Council will work collaboratively with government, communities and young people to provide advice on policies and programs to address the disproportionate impact of the outbreak on vulnerable families and youth. One of the Council’s first orders of business is to gather feedback on the Black Youth Action Plan from individuals in the black community. This government is committed to improving economic success and opportunities for Black communities.


The government is also investing more than $2.2 million to support eight unique projects in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) that will help nearly 500 young people and job seekers from underrepresented groups receive practical on-the-job experience in a wide variety of sectors.


$500,000 of this investment will go towards training 100 disadvantaged youth in cloud computing and programming through a partnership between Youth Employment Services and Amazon, Accenture and Fast Lane training.


These programs will help prepare our youth for the jobs of today and tomorrow through the development of in-demand skills like digital literacy. The government is committed to supporting Ontario’s marginalized youth and ensuring they get an opportunity to succeed in this highly competitive global economy.


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