EDMONTON, July 21, 2016 /CNW/ - More Alberta students than ever before will be working as part of the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program this year, thanks to unprecedented interest shown by employers and students across the province, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced today at the Family Futures Resource Network.
Minister Sohi, on behalf of the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that in the constituency of Edmonton Mill Woods, a total of 127 summer jobs were approved for an investment of $451,050. Across all Edmonton constituencies, a total of 1,858 summer jobs were approved for an investment of $6.3 million in funding, an increase of 99 percent from the 934 jobs created in 2015.
Employers in Alberta have received approval to hire 6,370 students this summer across 34 constituencies. That is up 135 percent from the 2,705 student jobs approved through the program last year in 28 constituencies before the boundary changes were enacted for the 2015 election.
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, announced in June that more than 77,000 jobs were approved for funding for students across Canada through the CSJ program. That number is more than double last year's 34,000 and roughly 7,000 more than originally anticipated when the Government announced a boost to the funding in the federal budget earlier this year.
Supporting youth employment opportunities is part of the Government of Canada's approach to help the middle class and Canadians seeking to join it.
"More young students across the country are working and will get the opportunity to earn income and build friendships while learning new skills this summer. Canada Summer Jobs is an opportunity for students to prepare for their future and save for school."
– The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
"The Canada Summer Jobs program works. It will help so many young students across the province by providing them with a job for the summer. The number of jobs approved for funding this year proves it."
– The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Family Futures is extremely excited to be participating in the Canada Summer Jobs program. We have several students working with us this summer from various education streams: nursing; early childhood development; human ecology; and education. This program allows us to provide valuable, hands-on, frontline experience for students, while channeling these resources directly back into the community via our programs and services; specifically, our curriculum-based summer camps."
– Shari-Lynne Gidyk, Executive Director, Family Futures Resource Network
- Across Alberta this summer:
- $21.2 million in funding has been approved, an increase of $9.7 million from last summer.
- For the small business sector, a total of 1,444 jobs have been approved for funding compared to 221 in 2015, an increase of 553 percent.
- In the public sector, a total of 786 jobs have been approved for funding in compared to 367 in 2015, an increase of 114 percent.
- For the not-for-profit sector, a total of 4,140 jobs have been approved for funding compared to 2,117 in 2015, an increase of 96 percent.
- Budget 2016 increased funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program by $339 million over three years, beginning in 2016–17.
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