I believe in the importance of education and experience for young Canadians, both of which they need to succeed in their careers. Access to meaningful work experience is important for our youth to reach their full potential, while at the same time keeping our economy growing and our middle class thriving.
A summer job is a critical way for students to get the kind of valuable work experience that employers look for on a resumé, all while earning money for the upcoming school year.
This summer, eligible employers can hire a student with help from the Government of Canada.
From December 19, 2017, to February 2, 2018, employers across the country can apply for Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2018 funding. The CSJ program creates summer job opportunities for students aged 15 to 30.
Small businesses with 50 or fewer employees and public-sector employers can receive up to 50 percent of the minimum hourly wage, while not-for-profit organizations can receive up to 100 percent of the minimum hourly wage.
Hiring a student brings new life, energy, and ideas into the workplace. As an employer in the CSJ program, you will be boosting Kanata-Carleton’s economy by creating local jobs and helping young community members with the tangible experience they need to prepare for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
Last year, Canada Summer Jobs funding in Kanata-Carleton totalled $689,528, which had the capacity to create 398 summer jobs, helping young Canadians gain the work experience and skills they need to get a strong start in their careers and to succeed.
The young people in our communities are today’s leaders; they have important and influential voices and deserve every opportunity to succeed. As your Member of Parliament for Kanata-Carleton, I know that it is essential for young Canadians to have access to meaningful work opportunities at the beginning of their careers, and CSJ helps to provide them with that opportunity.
Helping young people find good quality jobs helps our small businesses and not-for-profit organizations thrive. Employers are invited to submit applications that complement this year’s community priorities:
- Assisting small businesses to become more innovative, competitive and successful, in recognition of their key contribution to the creation of new jobs
- Not-for-profit organizations that provide programs and services to: women, youth, persons with special needs, persons with disabilities, seniors, veterans and their families
- Science and high-tech; including AV Technology, Cybersecurity
- Organizations that support the settlement of newcomers, especially women; organizations that help students learn how to code; organizations that help with flood reconstruction efforts
- Skilled trades: construction, industrial, motive power, and service
- Economic development initiatives
- Conservation of wildlife and the development of green technology
Since its inception in 2007, CSJ has funded thousands of employers and created hundreds of thousands of student jobs. I can’t wait to see the great work our youth get involved in this summer!
Applying is easy! Employers can submit their application online from December 19, 2017, to February 2, 2018.
For more information on CSJ, including the eligibility criteria and application guide, visit the Canada.ca/Canada-summer-jobs, a Service Canada Office or by calling 1-800-935-5555.