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About Ontario

Greater Toronto's Top Employers 2014
Canada's Best Diversity Employers 2014
2013 Canada's Greenest Employers
Best Employers for New Canadians 2013
The Career Directory 2013: Canada's Best Employers for Recent Graduates
Canada's Top Employers for Young People 2013

Youth and New Professionals

Jump Start Your Career

The OPS is a great place to jump start or revitalize your career. Whether you are deciding on a career, starting a career, changing careers or upgrading your career skills, the OPS has something to offer.

This employment experience will add to the depth and credibility of your resume and give you a chance to use and expand your skills and knowledge. It will give you an on-the-job sense of what working in the OPS is like, and may lead to a full-time career in the public service.


Internships and Co-ops

Ontario Internship Program
The Ontario Internship Program is a paid, two-year, entry-level employment opportunity that offers you career development in key professional fields across the Ontario Public Service.

MNR Internship Program
In up to 10-month internships for post-secondary students or recent graduates, Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) interns work as resource technicians, ecologists, biologists, systems officers, foresters and communications officers for key MNR projects.

OPS Internship Program for Internationally Trained Individuals (ITIs)
This program provides relevant Canadian work experience for eligible newcomers to Canada through six-month paid internships across the Ontario Public Service, as well as Ontario Government agencies, boards and commissions.

OPS Internship Program for Internationally Trained Engineers
This program provides engineering experience, in placements of 12 to 15 months. Candidates must have been screened through Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), the regulatory body for engineers in Ontario, to ascertain that they qualify by satisfying technical/educational requirements for licensing except for the 12-months of Canadian experience. Candidates will be hired for positions that are compatible with their academic discipline, so they may meet PEO’s licence requirements and become licensed engineers at the end of the internship period. Please note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to demonstrate that the engineering experience requirements as outlined by PEO have been met to the satisfaction of the association.

First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program
This program with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is coordinated and administered in partnership with Confederation College and industry partners. This two-year program provides Aboriginal youth aged 17-24 (some exceptions may be negotiated through First Nations communities) from First Nations communities in Northern Ontario the opportunity to work on forestry projects, receive workplace training and take personal development workshops.

Transportation Technician Program
This three-year entry-level Ministry of Transportation (MTO) program for civil engineering graduates provides practical, multifunctional learning experiences through rotational assignments in many disciplines, including construction, highway design, program planning, and maintenance.

Transportation Engineering Development Program
A four-year development program with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) for recent civil or geotechnical engineering university graduates, provides practical, mentored multidisciplinary learning experiences through rotational assignments in regional and head office locations including construction and maintenance, highway design, program planning, structural, traffic and materials engineering.

Environment Engineer Internship Program
This four-year development program with the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) for recent university graduates in chemical, civil, environmental or mechanical engineering provides non-licensed individuals with the work experience required to obtain their P.Eng license.

Articling with Ministry of Attorney General
The Ministry hires approximately 100 articling students each year, providing opportunities across the province to specialize in almost every area of substantive law, including constitutional, criminal, health, environmental, family, tax, corporate, commercial, labour and employment law.

Ontario Legislature Internship Programme (Ontario Legislative Assembly)
A 10-month internship for recent university graduates provides practical experience in the day-to-day work of the Legislature.

Co-operative Placements in the OPS
Co-operative post-secondary students receive practical paid experience while earning course credits in placements in the OPS. To participate, you must be:

  • Enrolled in a co-operative education in a post-secondary school
  • Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada
  • 18 years of age or older for field positions.

Co-op placements in the Ontario Government are posted at various educational institutions across Ontario. Check for co-op job postings with your school’s career centre and respective co-op office.

OPS Learn and Work Program
The OPS Learn and Work (L&W) Program is a specialized co-operative education program that re-engages youth ages 16 to 20 from selected priority communities. The program provides students the opportunity to earn credits towards their high school diploma and paid work experience in the OPS and/or related agencies.