Release – Investing in Young Canadians

February 16, 2016

GUELPH – On February 12, 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 could include special events such as sporting or cultural occasions.

In Guelph, the priorities focus on skilled trades: construction and manufacturing, environmental sciences, clean technology, health related organizations that provide support and relief for caregivers, not-for-profit organizations that provide programs and services for disadvantaged community groups (at-risk youth, newcomers and people with disabilities), but all eligible applicants are encouraged to apply. It is hoped that a number of employers will come forward with applications which will also complement a number of national priorities, including support for:

  • employers who help welcome and settle Syrian refugees to Canada, as well as Syrian Students;
  • Indigenous people, who are among the fastest-growing segments of the Canadian population;
  • small businesses working to become more innovative, competitive and successful, in recognition of their key contribution to the creation of new jobs; and
  • cultural and creative industries looking to create jobs and to strengthen our rich Canadian identity. This later priority will support the planning of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

The application period opened on January 4th, 2016 and will run until March 11, 2016. Applicants approved for funding will be able to hire students as early as May 2016.

For further information and to apply, please visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca/csj or visit a Service Canada Centre.

By investing in young Canadians together, we are helping them build a stronger future and obtain the skills and experience they need to contribute to our collective economic growth.

Quotes:

“I encourage Guelph not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small business to apply for funding thought 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.”
– Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament – Guelph

“The Government of Canada wants to help as many young people as possible find meaningful work this summer. By investing in young Canadians together, we are helping them build a stronger future and obtain the skills and experience they need to contribute to our collective economic growth.”
– The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Quick Facts:

  • This is the first Canada Summer Jobs program budget increase since 2009.
  • Not-for-profit employers can receive up to 100 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage and mandatory employment-related costs.
  • Public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees can receive up to 50 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage.
  • Canada Summer Jobs has helped provide over 330,000 students jobs since its inception.
  • The youth unemployment rate currently exceeds 13 percent, more than double the national unemployment rate of roughly 6 percent for those aged 25 and over.
  • For youth aged 15 to 24 returning to school, summer employment was more than 16 percent in summer 2015.

Contacts:

Lloyd Longfield
40 Cork St E
Guelph, ON N1H 2W8
(519) 837-8276
Lloyd.longfield@parl.gc.ca