Fed­eral govern­ment ex­pands stu­dent job pro­gram

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke

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.

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