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Canada Summer Jobs 2018 Hiring Season Kicks Off: over 1,700 jobs available for students in Winnipeg
Government of Canada funds work experience for local students
May 15, 2018 Winnipeg, Manitoba Employment and Social Development Canada
A strong middle class and a growing economy depend on young Canadians getting the skills and work experience they need to succeed. That’s why the Government of Canada has doubled the number of jobs created through the Canada Summer Jobs program since 2015, creating meaningful, paid work experience for almost 70,000 students per year.
Today at the Rady Jewish Community Centre, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, accompanied by the Honorable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, announced that the hiring season for Canada Summer Jobs 2018 has begun and employers are now accepting applications. Here in Winnipeg, the Government of Canada is funding over 1,700 jobs for local students.
A summer job helps students gain new skills and valuable work experience while saving money for the school year ahead. The Canada Summer Jobs program provides students across Canada aged 15 to 30 with quality work experience opportunities.
This year, more than 3,000 employers are first‑time funding recipients, ensuring thousands of fresh new experiences for young Canadians. This year’s jobs fulfill five national priorities, designated by the Government of Canada, including:
- employers who intend to hire youth from underrepresented groups, including youth who are new immigrants and refugees, Indigenous youth, youth with disabilities and visible minorities;
- small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to the creation of jobs;
- organizations that support opportunities for official language minority communities;
- organizations that provide services and/or supports to the LGBTQ2 community; and
- organizations that provide opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and information and in communications technology, particularly for women.
Young Canadians can visit Canada.ca/Canada-Summer-Jobs to connect with employers who are hiring in their communities.
“Canada’s young people are not just the leaders of tomorrow—they are leaders today. That’s why our government is focused on ensuring more young Canadians get the skills and training they need to succeed and Canada Summer Jobs is an incredibly important program for helping young people achieve this. Providing students with opportunities for paid, meaningful work experience, helps ensure they have a fair shot at success.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
“It’s great news that more than 1,700 students in Winnipeg will benefit from valuable workplace experience this summer. Creating jobs for young Canadians is a win-win for everyone. Students are able to develop their skills and gain valuable workplace experience while earning money for their tuition, employers benefit from new energy and ideas, and our economy thrives by ensuring a healthy middle class.”
– The Honorable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre
“The Canada Summer Jobs Program has allowed the Rady JCC to provide meaningful employment to students who in turn have played a critical role in summer programming. The students are enriched by the opportunity to develop their skills and we benefit by being able to provide programming that we would not otherwise be able to.”
– Lindsay Sawyer, Senior Vice-President of the Board of Directors, Rady Jewish Community Centre
- Each year, the Government invests over $330 million in the Youth Employment Strategy. Budget 2016 announced an additional investment of $339 million over three years. This was followed by an additional investment of $395.5 million over three years in Budget 2017. These investments are helping:
- more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop the skills they need to find work or go back to school;
- create 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians; and
- provide over 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector.
- Budget 2018 announced an investment of $448.5 million over five years to the Youth Employment Strategy. This funding will support the continued doubling of the number of Canada Summer Jobs opportunities in 2019.
- Last year, the Government of Canada helped create nearly 70,000 summer job opportunities for students, which is double the number of jobs created through Canada Summer Jobs in 2015.
- Under the Canada Summer Jobs Program, not-for-profit employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 100% of the minimum hourly wage. Small businesses with 50 or fewer employees and public-sector employers can receive up to 50 percent of the minimum hourly wage.
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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