GATINEAU, Quebec – The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced today that a record number of applications have been received under Canada’s newly expanded Canada Summer Jobs program.
The Minister announced today that the number of employers interested in hiring students this year has soared by almost 30 percent. In all, 36,833 applications have been received from employers, up from 28,352 last year.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last February that the Government would be providing support to hire up to 70,000 students across the country this summer through the expanded Canada Summer Jobs, doubling the 34,000 positions funded in 2015. The annual budget for Canada Summer Jobs was increased by $113 million for each of the next three years, beginning in 2016–17.
Employers across the country heard the call. This year, through Canada Summer Jobs, the Government of Canada will be able to help more students get summer employment. These students will learn new skills and save money for their education when they return to school in September.
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create one or more summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.
Employers will be notified in May regarding the status of their application.
“We’ve promised to help Canada’s youth get ready for the job market, and this is a great start. I’m very proud to say that we’re delivering on our commitment to help youth gain the skills, job experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition to the workplace, during and after their studies,” said The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.