I want to begin by wishing everyone the very best in 2018. I hope you had a great holiday season and took the opportunity to spend time with your family and friends.
Although the New Year has just begun, and winter is upon us, many employers and students are already looking ahead and planning for the summer. For employers, the deadline to apply to the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program is fast approaching.
Hiring a student for the summer months brings new life, energy, and ideas into the workplace. It also provides our youth with valuable insight on the modern-day realities of the workplace and is a tremendous way to ensure they are prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Simply put, youth are our future, which is why I am so proud of the emphasis and commitment our government has demonstrated by investing considerably more into the CSJ program.
Since 2016, the Government of Canada significantly increased its investment in the Canada Summer Jobs program by allocating an additional $339 million over three years to create more summer jobs for young Canadians. That’s why I am encouraging employers in the riding who want to hire a student to apply before the February 2, 2018 deadline.
Over the years, the CSJ program has created thousands of summer job opportunities for full-time students aged 15 to 30 who intend to return to their studies in the next school year. All public-sector-employers and not-for-profits can now apply to the Government of Canada through the CSJ program. Small businesses with 50 or fewer employees are also eligible to apply.
This year, our local priorities will focus on; municipalities, small private sector organizations, tourism, forestry, not-for-profit, health care, mining, science and education, community festivals, rural and remote areas, and Indigenous communities.
Here’s how the program works: Not-for-profit employers can receive 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees across Canada can receive 50 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. In addition, all employers may be eligible for additional funding of up to $3,000 per student with disabilities to accommodate the student within the workplace.
To give you an example of the success of the program: In 2017, the Kenora riding alone, saw a total investment of $900,000 which helped to create more than 300 jobs for students who came home for the summer. That’s more than three times the amount that was being put into the program in the riding during the previous government.
I believe that our youth are an important and influential voice within our society and they deserve every opportunity to succeed. Providing good quality jobs not only helps small businesses and not-for-profit organizations in our riding, it also helps to support community development.
That’s why I am proud to support our local Canada Summer Jobs program and I encourage employers to apply as soon as possible.
For information on CSJ, visit Canada.ca/Canada-summerjobs, a local Service Canada Office or call 1-800-935-5555.
For further information, please contact the offices below: