JUNE 26, 2017 – Ottawa –The Canada Summer Jobs program provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students in their communities. Today, Catherine McKenna celebrated and congratulated 133 organizations in Ottawa Centre who received a total of almost $1.4 million in funding through the program.
A summer job is an important way for young people to learn new skills and get valuable work experience for their résumés. Thanks to Canada Summer Jobs, young people in Ottawa Centre have access to hundreds of summer jobs opportunities with small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and the public sector.
The Government of Canada is committed to giving Canadian youth the tools and support they need to succeed. Last year, the number of jobs available through the Canada Summer Jobs program nearly doubled from 34,000 jobs to roughly 65,800. Since its inception in 2007, Canada Summer Jobs has helped approximately 330,000 students.
“Organizations accessing the Canada Summer Jobs program play a role in generating employment, fostering entrepreneurship and preparing our youth for the future. As the Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, I am proud to be able to support these organizations as they help prepare young people for success” – Catherine McKenna, Member of Parliament, Ottawa Centre
- Canada Summer Jobs is an important part of the federal government’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Each year the Government invests more than $330 million in YES to help young people gain the skills, abilities and work experience they need to find and maintain good employment.
- 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.
- In addition to the funds provided for Canada Summer Jobs, the federal government provided $165.4 million in 2016–17 for YES to create new green jobs for youth, increase the number of youth who access the Skills Link program and support employment opportunities in the heritage sector.
- In March, Budget 2017 proposed a further $395.5 million over three years for YES, starting in 2017–18.
- Since 2005, YES has helped over 820,000 young Canadians get the training and work experience they need to enter the labour market.