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Premier Kathleen Wynne and Deputy Premier Deb Matthews explain youth focused projects


Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and London North Centre MPP and Deputy Premier of Ontario Deb Matthews met at Western University to discuss the future of today's youth.

Claudia Bergman | Interrobang | News | May 8th, 2017

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and MPP for London North Centre and Deputy Premier of Ontario, Deb Matthews, spoke at Western University to voice their support on today’s youth during what Wynne considered “uncertain times”.

The visit, which took place on May 5, elaborated on the importance of investing in today’s youth, where Wynne briefly touched upon free tuition beginning September 2017 and free prescription drugs for those under 25, slated to begin Jan.1, 2018.

Titled OHIP Plus pharmacare plan, the project will allow roughly four million youth and children to have “automatic, no upfront costs and no strings attached” access to medication, according to Wynne.

Over 4,400 different types of medication including those used to treat “depression, birth control, cancer and rare diseases”, will be covered under this new plan.

Wynne indicated her goal and belief of achieving universal pharmacare wherein she considered OHIP Plus to be a “huge leap” towards accomplishing this.

To reinforce the focus placed on today’s youth, Wynne and Matthews discussed resources available towards ensuring the welfare of students in their respective futures.

After admitting a struggle to support students transitioning towards the workforce, Matthews followed by speaking about the Career Kick-Start Strategy, a plan to see graduating high school and post-secondary students with “experiential learning” through “one meaningful work integrated opportunity”.

According to the government of Ontario website, through this strategy roughly 40,000 new work-related opportunities will be created over a three year span to equip today’s young demographic with strong resumes and job relevant skills.

Wynne and Matthews offered words of wisdom and support towards our youth and in particular young women entering male dominated work environments.

Wynne encouraged young women to “step up and speak up” and challenge traditional work environments whose cultures are based on their previously male dominated presence.

Wynne instilled the importance of finding support and allies in both men and women when attempting to create a more even playing field and encouraged women in current leadership roles to mentor and bring other women alongside with them.

Matthews offered a more straightforward and blunt approach.

“You got a job to do, you got a dream, you got a vision, just get it done,” Matthews said.