OTTAWA, Ontario – 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.
Today, the Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, announced 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.
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.
“I heard many of you say that you want to leave your mark on Canada, and on the world. Today’s announcement will provide the chance for so many young Canadians to shine while serving their communities,” said the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.
“I am proud to say that it was all worth it, we increased the funding and more than doubled the number of summer jobs, which means more students will find employment this summer while contributing to their communities,” said the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
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
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.