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77,000 jobs approved for funding through Canada Summer Jobs

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. Prime Minister 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,” he said. “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. I heard many of you say that you want to leave your mark on Canada, and on the world. This will provide the chance for so many young Canadians to shine while serving their communities.”

Trudeau made the announcement with MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour at the CHEO Research Institute – where he told students that the skills they 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.

I am proud to say that 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 Mihychuk.

This is a chance for a hands-on lab experience during my undergraduate years, which will introduce me to the real world of medical research and help guide my decision for my future career,” said 18-year-old Sophie Leblanc, summer student at the CHEO Research Institute. “What’s really exciting for me is the possibility of my work discovering a new therapy for a currently untreatable rare disease.”

A few quick facts:

The province of Ontario received a total of 12,425 applications compared to 8,623 in 2015, an increase of 44.1 per cent

This year, Employment and Social Development Canada received 30 per cent more applications from employers.

In all, 36,833 applications were received from employers across the country, up from 28,352 last year,

CSJ creates summer job opportunities and provides valuable work experience for youth aged 15 to 30 intending to return to their full-time studies in the next school year. The program also helps employers generate jobs that focus on priorities important to their local communities.

In 2016, the Canada Summer Jobs program has approved roughly 31,000 jobs through nearly 9,800 projects in Ontario, while helping students learn new skills, get work experience and save money for their education.

Posted: Aug 7, 2016

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