Week of July 3, 2017
Once again, the Kenora riding has seen a significant investment from the federal government through the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program. This year more than $900,000 was invested in the riding, creating more than 300 jobs.
The CSJ program provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students in their communities. Not-for-profit agencies are eligible for up to 100 per cent funding, while businesses and municipalities are eligible for up to 50 per cent funding.
In 2016, CSJ funding in the riding increased to over $830,000 creating hundreds of jobs for students. In 2015, under the previous Conservative government, the Kenora riding received $176,614 and 79 jobs were created.
Our riding always has a high number of employers who apply to the program and it is very good to see that we were able to provide employment opportunities to over 300 students this summer. I am particularly pleased to see investments in employers across the riding, going up as far north as Fort Severn on Hudson Bay.
As a parent myself with a child in University, I strongly believe that this program helps offer the experience students need, while also giving them an opportunity to earn money during the summer. They gain valuable work experience in various areas such as tourism, health, and business to name a few.
Canada Summer Jobs is an important part of the federal government’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). 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.
This program continues to have a very positive impact in our riding, as it helps get our youth into the workforce. I hope to see many students on the job, as I travel throughout the region this summer.
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