Summer jobs are key to helping young Canadians gain skills and valuable work experience needed to join the labour market while saving money for the school year ahead.
On Dec. 17, the Government of Canada launched the application period for Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2019 funding – a key component of our government’s Youth Employment Strategy.
The CSJ program has had a tremendous impact in our community with 381 jobs created through the program since 2015 and almost $1.5 million in funding approved to support youth and students in Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley alone.
Last summer, I witnessed first-hand the success and impact the program has on our community when I visited STARS Air Ambulance with my colleague, Rodger Cuzner, the Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. There, we met Nancy, the organization’s summer student who worked on STARS’ communications team. My colleague and I learned about the work she was doing, how this work experience aligned with her future goals and how the CSJ program helped her obtain this opportunity.
Following feedback from stakeholders across the country, we’ve made improvements for CSJ 2019 that will make it easier than ever for employers to provide good quality summer jobs, and for youth to access those jobs.
In doing so, we’ve expanded eligibility to include all youth between the ages of 15 to 30 who are legally entitled to work in Canada – not just students. Also new to the program this year is that all positions will be posted on jobbank.gc.ca to get the word out.
With regards to wage contributions and funding from the CSJ program, not-for-profit employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Public-sector employers and private sector employers with 50 or fewer full-time employees across Canada can receive up to 50 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage.
The application period will be open until Jan. 25 and I encourage you to take advantage of this program and apply for funding. If you know of someone who operates a small business or a non-profit organization, please let them know about this program and encourage them to apply as well.
For more information on the program and how to apply for funding, please visit please visit Canada.ca/Canada-summer-jobs or a Service Canada Centre. You can also contact my office at 204-984-6432 or email@example.com if you require further assistance with the Canada Summer Jobs program or any other federal matter.
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