More northern Ontario students than ever before will find work this year under the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program, thanks to unprecedented interest shown by employers and students across the province, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay–Superior North, announced today.
Minister Hajdu, on behalf of the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that 2,698 summer jobs have been approved for funding in 10 northernOntario constituencies compared to 1,204 in 2015, an increase of 124 percent.
MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Laboue, said: “More young students across the country are working and will get the opportunity to earn valuable income and build friendships while learning new skills this summer. Canada Summer Jobs is an opportunity for students to prepare for their future and to save for school.”
The Minister made the announcement at Roots to Harvest, a unique Thunder Bay urban farm which runs a six-week summer youth urban farming program during July and August. In the two constituencies representingThunder Bay, $1.35 million in funding is being provided to 191 projects for 508 approved jobs.
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, announced in June that more than 77,000 jobs were approved for funding for students across Canada through the CSJ program. That number is more than double last year’s 34,000 and roughly 7,000 more than originally anticipated when the Government announced a boost to the funding in the federal budget earlier this year.
Supporting youth employment and opportunities is part of the Government of Canada’s approach to help the middle class and Canadians seeking to join it.
- Across Ontario and northern Ontario this summer:
- $88.5 million in funding has been approved in Ontario, an increase of $54 million or 162 percent from last summer
- In the 10 constituencies in northern Ontario, 2,698 jobs have been approved in 2016 from 957 projects for funding of $6.9 million
- In Thunder Bay–Superior North, the small business sector was approved for 31 jobs from 13 projects for funding of $44,491, compare to 6 jobs in 2015.
- In Ontario, a total of 31,364 jobs have been approved for funding compared to 12,097 jobs in 2015, an increase of 159 percent.
- In Ontario, a total of 7,015 jobs in small businesses have been approved for funding, compared to 1,135 jobs in 2015, an increase of 518 percent.
- Budget 2016 increased funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program by $339 million over three years, beginning in 2016–17. – CINEWS