January 18, 2018: Federal Report; Summer Jobs Program 2018.

January 18, 2018: Federal Report;
Summer Jobs Program 2018.

By Catherine McKenna, MP, Ottawa-Centre.

Calling Ottawa Centre Employers: Applications Open for Canada Summer Jobs Program.

Canada’s future prosperity depends on young Canadians getting the education and experience they will need to succeed in their careers. Our government understands that doing this requires access to meaningful work experience. That’s why we are committed to helping organizations hire young people through the Canada Summer Jobs program.

A summer job is a critical way for students to get the kind of valuable work experience that employers look for on a résumé, all while earning money for the upcoming school year.

Since its inception in 2007, the Canada Summer Jobs program has funded thousands of employers and created hundreds of thousands of student jobs. In 2017, over $1.3 million dollars was invested into Ottawa Centre to employ more than 300 young people.

Through the program, eligible small businesses, not-for-profits, and public-sector employers are able to subsidize the wages of full-time students. Small businesses with 50 or fewer employees and public-sector employers can receive up to 50 per cent of the minimum hourly wage, while not-for-profit organizations can receive up to 100 per cent of the minimum hourly wage.

I often say the youth are the leaders of today. Hiring a student brings energy and ideas into the workplace. They have important and influential voices within our communities and are a large part of what helps small businesses and not-for-profit organizations thrive.

As an employer in the Canada Summer Jobs program, you will play a vital role in generating employment, fostering entrepreneurship and preparing our youth for the future. When you hire young people, our local economy is boosted and young people gain access to experiences they need to prepare for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

For more information, including the eligibility criteria and application guide, please visit Canada.ca/Canada-Summer-Jobs, a Service Canada Centre, or call 1-800-935-5555 .
Applications will be accepted until February 2, 2018 .
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Photo Caption: Catherine McKenna, MP Ottawa Centre Photo courtesy C. McKenna

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