77,000 jobs approved for funding through Canada Summer Jobs

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Canada’s prosperity will increasingly depend on young Canadians getting the education and the experience they need to prepare for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Now more than ever, it is important that young Canadians have access to meaningful work at the beginning of their careers.

Prime Minister  Justin Trudeau, announced on  Thursday that more students than ever before will find work this year under the Canada Summer Jobs program (CSJ).

Over 77,000 jobs have been approved for funding under the CSJ program this year – more than double last year’s 34,000. Thanks to the unprecedented response from employers, particularly in small businesses, at this time we have approved 7,000 more jobs than we planned to create in 2016.

The Prime Minister made the announcement with the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour at the CHEO Research Institute – where he told students that the skills they will learn in their summer jobs will help get them ready for their future careers, save for their education, and help strengthen the middle class, all at the same time.

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The Government of Canada remains committed to supporting youth employment, and will make sure that young Canadians develop the skills and gain the experience they need to secure good, well-paying jobs.

  • n 2015, 300,000 students were unable to find jobs during the summer in Canada
  • In 2016, ESDC approved funding for 2,419 summer jobs in the Ottawa area.
  • The province of Ontario received a total of 12,425 applications compared to 8,623 in 2015, an increase of 44.1 percent
  • This year, Employment and Social Development Canada received 30 percent more applications from employers, which demonstrates the Government’s investment in the expanded Canada Summer Jobs program was a much needed initiative
  • In all, 36,833 applications were received from employers across the country, up from 28,352 last year
  • CSJ creates summer job opportunities and provides valuable work experience for youth aged 15 to 30 intending to return to their full-time studies in the next school year. The program also helps employers generate jobs that focus on priorities important to their local communities as well as on a number of national priorities that include, in 2016: the settlement of Syrian refugees, Indigenous people, small businesses and cultural and creative industries to support the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation
  • In 2016, 13,373 summer jobs have been approved in small businesses of 50 employees or less, an increase of 397%.
  • The annual budget for Canada Summer Jobs was increased by $113 million for each of the next three years, beginning in 2016–17 to double the number of students hired across the country this summer. This increase means more students will be getting much needed work experience
  • In 2016, the Canada Summer Jobs program has approved roughly 31,000 jobs through nearly 9,800 projects in Ontario, while helping students learn new skills, get work experience and save money for their education
  • CHEO Research Institute is expected to hire 20 students who will be testing new viruses, experimenting in molecular and cell biology, collecting data for research involving children with lung disease, children with heart disease, and working alongside clinicians in the cardiology, neurology, rheumatology and mental health departments. – CNW
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