Federal government expands student job program
On February 12th, the Government of Canada announced that it is fulfilling its commitment to double the number of summer jobs to be created for students, helping them build a stronger future and obtain the skills and experience they need to contribute to our collective economic growth. Funding for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program is also doubling to $220 million annually for the next three years beginning in 2016. This new funding will help expand the number of youth who can be hired from just over 34,000 in 2015 to up to 70,000 this summer. CSJ creates summer job opportunities and valuable work experience specifically for youth aged 15 to 30 intending to return to their studies in the next school year. The program’s aim is also to help employers create summer job opportunities that focus on priorities important to their local communities, which include special events such as sporting or cultural occasions. In the Compton-Stanstead riding, priority areas are tourism, arts and culture, non-profit and community organizations, day camps, and sports and leisure activities, but all eligible employers are encouraged to apply. The application period will run until March 11, 2016. Applicants approved for funding will be able to hire students as early as May 2016. “I encourage non-profit organizations, public sector employers and small business to apply for funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program so that we can help our students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful, while earning money for the upcoming school year,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau. For further information and to apply, please visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca/csj or visit a Service Canada Centre.