Helping young Canadians develop their skills and gain valuable workplace experience will build a strong economy and middle class. Canada’s future depends on a highly skilled and experienced workforce, and Canada Summer Jobs helps employers create job opportunities for youth in their communities. Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, today was pleased to announce that the Riding of Sault Ste. Marie has exceeded this objective.
The federal government committed to doubling the amount of jobs available through the CSJ program from the previous government.
This year, the Riding of Sault Ste. Marie was approved for 402 summer jobs and more than $907,000 in funding. Over the past two years, MP Sheehan is proud to have facilitated 713 summer jobs and more than $1,735,000 in funding for Sault Ste. Marie, Prince Township, Batchewana Bay, Goulais River, Batchewana First Nation, and Garden River First Nation.
MP Sheehan is also pleased to announce the federal government is committed to doubling the amount of CSJ jobs next year and encourages employers and students in the Riding of Sault Ste. Marie to take part in the program.
“Hiring a student is a win-win for everybody. On one hand, employers are benefitting from the new skills and perspectives that youth have to offer. On the other hand, students are earning money for school, gaining much-needed skills and experience, all while contributing to their community.”Terry SheehanMP for Sault Ste. Marie
- 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.