OTTAWA, May 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Students across Canada will gain valuable
work experience this summer, as a result of 36 000 jobs created through
the Harper Government's Canada Summer Jobs initiative. The Honourable
Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development made
the announcement today at the office of the Canadian Red Cross Society.
"Creating summer jobs for students benefits not only youth and
employers, but local economies across the country as well," said
Minister Finley. "Canada Summer Jobs is yet another excellent example
of how our Government is creating jobs and economic growth for
Minister Finley highlighted the student jobs created at the Canadian Red
Cross Society as a concrete example of the type of tangible work
experience youth gain through this initiative. The Society will employ hundreds of students in a wide range of jobs. In
Ottawa, for example, two students will be hired for the positions of
Summer Associate for the Disaster Management program and Special Event
"The Canadian Red Cross is a long-standing beneficiary of Canada Summer
Jobs," said Conrad Sauvé, secretary general and CEO of the Canadian Red
Cross. "This initiative has allowed us to hire hundreds of students
from coast-to-coast, providing them with a practical learning
experience and the opportunity to contribute to Canadian Red Cross
activities ranging from disaster response to community health."
Canada Summer Jobs helps students gain the skills and experience they
need to be successful now and in the future, while earning money for
the upcoming school year. The initiative is an important part of the
Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES), which also
includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs. With an annual
budget of more than $300 million, YES helps youth obtain career
information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed.
Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2013 proposes an additional investment of $70
million over three years in YES to support 5 000 more paid internships.
This is further to the extra $50 million that was invested through EAP
2012 to enhance YES with a new initiative that connects young Canadians
with jobs that are in high demand and helps them develop tangible
skills and gain work experience.
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader
strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. The
Government underscored its commitment to this strategy in Canada's
Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and
better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development.
To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit actionplan.gc.ca.
The Government of Canada is helping youth plan their careers, learn new
skills and find jobs through enhanced online services available at youth.gc.ca. To learn more about the Youth Employment Strategy, watch this video.
Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes new measures to connect Canadians
with available jobs and equip them with the skills and training they
need. These include the Canada Job Grant, creating opportunities for
apprentices and providing support to under-represented groups such as
people with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, newcomers and youth.
The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a
successful transition to the workplace.
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector
employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create
summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are
full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next
In 2011, the Harper Government permanently increased the annual budget
for Canada Summer Jobs by $10 million, bringing the total program
budget to $107.5 million. The additional $10 million is allocated using
the most recent labour market data available on summer students to
ensure that the new funding is provided to areas where it is most
The application date for Canada Summer Jobs 2014 will be different than
in past years. Applications must be submitted between December 2, 2013,
and January 10, 2014. Applications will be available for employers
online and at Service Canada Centres beginning December 2, 2013.
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, including youth who are
single parents, youth with disabilities and youth in rural and remote
areas, to develop the skills and gain the experience needed to find a
job or the confidence to return to school.
Career Focus provides funding to employers to hire young post-secondary graduates to
give them career-related work experience and help them acquire skills
to transition into the job market.
To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and other youth
employment initiatives, please visit youth.gc.ca.
the Honourable Diane Finley
Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development
to celebrate the creation of up to 36 000 students
jobs through the 2013 Canada Summer Jobs
May 9, 2013
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I'm happy to be here with you today and thank you, Conrad, for that kind
You know, success in life is all about making the right choices.
And when you lead a country, making choices is a non-stop exercise.
And if there was only one question leaders could ask themselves when
making these choices, it would be this one: Are Canadians getting the most value for their hard-earned tax dollars?
In other words, is this investment getting the expected return and
When it comes to the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which we're to talk
about today, the answer is definitely "Yes."
Thirty-six thousand times "Yes", because, thanks to this program, 36,000 young people across this
country will be working this summer.
They'll be working in a wide range of sectors including recreational
leadership, tourism, sales, agriculture, maintenance and business, to
name only a few.
And of course, let's not forget the not-for-profit sector, like our
host, the Canadian Red Cross Society.
This is worth celebrating today!
There's no question: the Canada Summer Jobs initiative is a win-win-win
For the young people involved, it's certainly a way to earn money, but
it's also a way to gain experience and self-confidence, and to better
understand the needs of employers and the demands of the world of work.
And that will be very valuable to them, especially when the time comes
for them to make the transition from school to the labour market.
Our labour market right now is facing a mismatch between the skills
employers need and the skills workers have. Summer jobs give students a
golden opportunity to learn first-hand what is expected.
Given a choice between a young person with practical experience in the
world of work and another young person who doesn't have any, who do you
think the employer will be more inclined to hire?
And of course, consider that many students get summer jobs related to
their field of study.
Having real-life experience to put on your résumé adds weight to your
application, and it can tilt the balance in your favour.
The summer jobs provided by the Canadian Red Cross Society are wonderful
examples of the valuable experience to be gained by students.
The two students that will be hired here at the Red Cross in Ottawa will
deliver presentations, recruit volunteers, manage a database, keep
books, and more.
Each one of these activities is a chance to develop skills that future
employers will appreciate.
The hundreds of students working for Red Cross chapters in other parts
of Canada will gain equally valuable experience.
I am sure that the Red Cross appreciates the significant benefits of
having students in the workplace.
Students can help to address staffing demands in many industries and
They are highly motivated, enthusiastic and eager to learn.
And it's not just their employers who benefit from the extra labour; our
society as a whole gets a fresh infusion of talent.
An infusion we greatly need, if you consider the shortages of qualified
workers we are seeing in many regions and sectors—shortages that will
only increase with the aging of our population and more people
There's a paradoxical situation now in the labour market.
On the one hand, businesses say they're having trouble finding qualified
workers, and there are thousands of unfilled jobs.
On the other hand, the general unemployment rate continues to be high,
and it's twice as high for young people.
There are too many jobs going unfilled in Canada because businesses
cannot find workers with the right skills.
And even though Canadian workers are among the best-educated and best
trained in the world, Canada is still facing a skilled-labour shortage.
This is a situation we are very concerned about.
And our government is taking action.
The national Youth Employment Strategy that we have developed is one of our responses to this challenge.
With an annual budget of more than $300 million, this Strategy helps
youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get career
information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed.
The Canada Summer Jobs initiative is part of our Youth Employment
It's a good example of how successful that Strategy is.
So successful, that our government decided last year to invest an extra
$50 million to connect young Canadians with the jobs that are in high
But we still have more work to do.
Economic Action Plan 2013 also proposes investing $70 million over three
years to support 5,000 more paid internships for recent post-secondary
graduates, so that they can make maximum use of their education and
We need more win-win-win solutions like the Canada Summer Jobs
initiative to close the skills gap in Canada.
Creating summer jobs for students benefits youth, employers and local
economies across the country.
It is an investment.
An investment in Canada's economic growth and long-term prosperity.
An investment in our young people and an investment in Canada's future.
With an investment this important, we want to be sure that as many
employers as possible can participate in the Canada Summer Jobs
For this reason, the application date for Canada Summer Jobs 2014 will
be earlier than in past years—December 2, 2013 to January 10, 2014.
This will allow employers more time to complete their hiring processes,
and will give students more notice when they get their summer jobs.
I wish all the best to those 36,000 young students who will be at work
And I thank all their employers for giving them such a great opportunity
to learn and grow.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
For further information:
Office of Minister Finley 819-994-2482
Media Relations Office
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