FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Local Employment Heats up with Canada Summer Jobs
Belleville, ON – Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for the Bay of Quinte, on behalf of the Honorable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, is pleased to announce that the Government of Canada is connecting local students with employers through the 2017 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program.
For many young Canadians, summer is the time when they seek employment to earn money for their upcoming academic school year. A summer job is a vital way for young people to learn new skills, and practise building their résumés to reflect new work experiences.
The Government of Canada continues to help young Canadians establish themselves as they move towards their future careers. The CSJ program provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students in their communities, providing the experience and essential skills they need to get ahead.
Thanks to CSJ, young Canadians from across the country are able to access thousands of summer jobs opportunities with small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and the public sector. Students can find out which Bay of Quinte employers are hiring, through the Canada Summer Jobs program, at: Canada.ca/canada-summer-jobs.
Last year, the Government of Canada nearly doubled the amount of jobs available through the CSJ program, from 34,000 jobs to nearly 65,800. Bay of Quinte employers received $709,069 dollars to create 272 new job opportunities for our students. To see the full list of student employment roles created in the summer 2016, please refer to: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/youth-summer-job/amounts-paid-2016/ontario.html.
Since 2007, CSJ has helped approximately 330,000 students, and counting, across the country. When young Canadians are able to secure work experience and build their skills, they too can count on being part of building a better and brighter future.
“Our government is committed to our plan to give Canadian youth the tools and supports they need to succeed, and Canada Summer Jobs is a big part of that plan. I invite all students who are looking for a summer job to take advantage of this opportunity to develop their skills, gain valuable work experience and earn money.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
“Bay of Quinte students, if you are ready to spend the summer expanding your opportunities, gaining valuable skills and experience, while earning money for the upcoming school year, please look consider participating in the Canada Summer Jobs program!”
– Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for the Bay of Quinte
• Canada Summer Jobs is an important part of the federal government’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Each year the Government invests more than $330 million in YES to help young people gain the skills, abilities and work experience they need to find and maintain good employment.
• In 2016 the federal government significantly increased its investment in the Canada Summer Jobs program over the next three years. An additional $339 million was allocated to create more summer jobs for young Canadians. As a result, in 2016 the CSJ program funded roughly 65,800 jobs, which nearly doubled the number of jobs created over previous years.
• In addition to the funds provided for Canada Summer Jobs, the federal government provided $165.4 million in 2016–17 for YES to create new green jobs for youth, increase the number of youth who access the Skills Link program and support employment opportunities in the heritage sector.
• In March, Budget 2017 proposed a further $395.5 million over three years for YES, starting in 2017–18.
• Since 2005, YES has helped over 820,000 young Canadians get the training and work experience they need to enter the labour market.
For more information, or media inquiries, please contact Adrianna Christie at: Neil.Ellis@parl.gc.ca or 613.969.3300.